Carmen (Carmen, Bizet)

One of the most notorious women in opera, the willful and fiercely independent Carmen is the ultimate operatic gypsy. In this sculpture, the gold fabric of Carmen’s Spanish-style gypsy dress appears tough as armor, glinting between ruffles of black polka dotted tulle. The dress is pulled in all directions so it appears puffed-out and spiky, like a blowfish. Here, it is Carmen—not Don Jose—who wields the bloody knife, warning that “Love is a rebellious bird” and staying true to her word.

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