What is the theme of Carmen?

One of the themes of Prosper Merimee’s Carmen is Don Jose’s inability, or unwillingness, to let his reason master his passionate love for the wild, ungovernable Carmen.

What is the genre of Carmen?


It is the source of many memorable and widely recognized songs, notably those known by the popular names “Toréador Song” and “Habanera.” Carmen also is the best-known example of opéra-comique, a genre of French opera not necessarily comic but featuring both spoken dialogue and sung portions.