The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island. Kobal Collection/CBS-TV/UA/Gladysya Prod hide caption

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The tortured relationship between Carmen (mezzo-soprano Beatrice Uria-Monzon) and Don Jose (tenor Roberto Alagna) is at the center of one of opera's biggest blockbusters. A. Bofil/Liceu Theatre Barcelona hide caption

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Carmen

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The love of a woman strains the friendship between two fishermen in Bizet's lesser-known opera. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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The Pearl Fishers

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Flower girls surround mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who stars as the lead character in Georges Bizet's 'Carmen.' Marco Brescia/Teatro alla Scala hide caption

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Hear An Audio Introduction To The Opera

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More than 30 years after her death in 1977, Maria Callas' voice continues to thrill and divide fans and experts. EMI Classics hide caption

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Montreal Opera on World of Opera -- 'The Pearl Fishers'

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Houston Grand Opera on World of Opera -- 'Carmen'

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Five Pianos, 100 Fingers, and a Sabre Dance

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