I saw Carmen at the Los Angeles Opera (Row X) on Sunday. It's one of my favorites. This picture is based on the final act . Her not-playing-with-a full-deck ex-boyfriend (Don Jose) begs, then threatens her to take him back. She refuses. He flips out and stabs her to death. The music's great, contrasting festive, optimistic music from a nearby bullfight with the the the dramatic oh, now he's really lost it! music as Don Jose has a meltdown. Here's a You-Tube of the same scene if you're interested.