Carmen (1845) by way of Prosper Mérimée is the unique novella that encouraged the vintage opera via Bizet.

The unforgettable tale of Carmen, a flirtatious, charismatic, and amoral gypsy who bewitches and emotionally enslaves Don José, a determined guy, right into a tragic obsession, has captivated generations with its ardour and sensual intensity.

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