Carmen and Don José
One of opera's most beloved love stories
by David Johnson
Carmen was a fiery gypsy girl who worked in a cigar factory. An army officer, Don JosÃ©, was called to the factory because a fight broke out. He arrested Carmen because she hit another woman. He became enchanted with the exotic Carmen, and let her escape.
Don JosÃ© deserted the army and followed Carmen into the mountains. But the beautiful gypsy soon tired of the steadfast Don José, and she fell in love with Escamillo, a dashing bullfighter. Devastated, Don JosÃ© confronted Carmen outside the bullring. As the crowd cheered Escamillo in the background, Don JosÃ© stabbed Carmen to death.
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