The opera 'Carmen' will be performed Sunday at the Garde

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In other times, tragic and star-crossed romance inspired works ranging from "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and "Cyrano de Bergerac" to "Annabel Lee" and "The Death of Procris (or A Satyr Mourning Over a Nymph)."

And those opera people? Jeez, don't get me started on what they can do with convoluted romance stuff.

Still, it's hard to resist when Bizet's "Carmen" is on the horizon. On Sunday in the Garde Arts Center, the Connecticut Lyric Opera and Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra present the much-loved story of Don José, Escamillo, Micaëla and the title beauty — and of course the music, anchored by the "Habanera" and "Toreador Song" arias, will be transcendent.

"Carmen," 4 p.m. Sunday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $29-$52; (860) 444-7373, 



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