Now I don’t often comment on these except to show you via ‘Vent Hole’ the floor is open if you have issues (Open Thread) but Carmen strikes a chord.

Carmen is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet.

The 3 rules of Opera.

  1. It must be long, boring, and in an incomprehesible foreign language (even if that language is English).
  2. The characters, especially the main ones, must be thoroughly unsympathetic and their activities horrid and callous.
  3. Everyone must die, hopefully in an ironic and gruesome way.

Ballet is the same, but with more men in tights and without the superfluous singing.

In summary Don Jose is a naive soldier seduced by the wiles of a Gypsy, the eponymous Carmen. He abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts the Army only to have her (Carmen’s) heart stolen by Escamillo, a glamorous bull fighter. Don Jose kills Carmen in a jealous rage.

Wait! This is an opéra comique which you may think is a comedy but in fact only means that the songs are separated by dialog.

TMC promises she’ll cure me someday so I’m waiting on my Julia Roberts moment.

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