Gotterdammerung is an opera
La Boheme is an opera
Don Giovanni is an opera
Carmen is a bloody musical!!!!
Look it up. Carmen is opéra comique, a sub-genre that can have dramatic/tragic topic (don't be fooled by the word comique, it's not necessarily comic) but also spoken dialogue.
You also should get informed about the definition of what constitutes a musical. Carmen has operatic singing, unlike musicals.
As for your comment being just an attempt to put down Carmen, the rest of the musical world disagrees with you (including, the composer of the first opera you've quoted).
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"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)
For me it's Karajan 1 with Price as an incredible Carmen.
OK I know it's supposedly not 'authentic' (whatever that might mean) and that Corelli sings in bastardised French. But the whole thing is overwhelming. Not to mention Culshaw's recording.
I also have Karajan 2, Abbado and Beecham - all with considerable merits.
Try to find the one with Marilyn Horne and James McCracken; I think Adriana Maliponte is the Micaela and Leonard Bernstein conducts. I also saw them on tour; Horne opened her mouth and 50 pounds dropped away, her timbre was so sexy, and McCracken actually took the high B flat at the end of the Flower Song pianissimo as Bizet intended, and no one could figure out how he did it. It didn't matter how; what mattered was that he did it and it was beautiful.