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The Toreador Song

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Character.matador
Written by Georges Bizet
Date 1875
Source Carmen (opera)

"The Toreador Song" is sung by the bullfighter Escamillo in an attempt to woo the lady for which Georges Bizet's opera is named: Carmen.

It was performed by Fozzie Bear and a matador in episode 418 of The Muppet Show, and was previously featured in episode 409 as a portion of Pigoletto.

The tune was later sung by Kermit with new lyrics in a public service annoucement for the V-Chip. In The Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside, a team of rat lawyers led by Rizzo the Rat sing the trademark notice to this tune.

In an episode of Sesame Street, the tune is performed by Placido Flamingo with a quartet made up of three Honkers and Olivia. In a 1990's insert, Samuel Ramey sang a spoof of the song about the letter L (EKA: Episode 3438).

The song was used in preview clips of The Muppets when Kermit the Frog interrupts Miss Piggy and Pepe the King Prawn practicing their duet in her dressing room. The song was replaced in the actual film by "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing.

The song plays in Muppets Most Wanted during Gonzo's indoor running-of-the-bulls act.


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