On March 3, 1875, Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” premiered in Paris. The story is set in Seville, Spain, in the early 19th century, and the protagonist is Carmen, a beautiful, free-spirited gypsy with a fiery temper. She seduces a naïve soldier, and events soon spiral to ruin them both. The very popular opera quickly established the stereotype of the hot-tempered Latina femme fatale that still endures in the 21st century (which will hopefully be the last and final century for the persistence of this unfortunate stereotype).
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