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(Bizet: Carmen). Bar. A handsome toreador, he is aware of his own good looks and knows how women are attracted to him. He falls in love with Carmen when he meets her in Lillas Pastia's tavern. She was on her way to prison but her escort, the soldier Don José who loves her, allowed her to escape. At this stage, Carmen is still in love with José and does not encourage Escamillo. José deserts from the dragoons and goes with Carmen and her smuggler friends to their mountain camp. There Escamillo visits her and wins her from the jealous Don José. She leaves for Seville with Escamillo to see him fight in the bullring. She proudly joins him in his triumphant arrival, but stays outside the ring when he enters. There she is killed by José. Aria: Votre toast je peux vous le rendre (‘I can return your toast’); duet (with Carmen): Si tu m'aimes Carmen (‘If you love me, Carmen’). Created (1875) by Jacques Bouhy.

Subjects: Opera.

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