Tara, imo, did do the little dahling skate and together with the consecutive loop jumps won the contest. I agree to this. There were faults, of course, but the joie de patinage had to shine over Kwan's reluctance to go all out. But this is a bygone era. My use of Mao, whom I see as a bright talented kid on the horizon as compared to Tara was the delightful and enjoyable skate she had at COC. Who says Carmen has to be sexy. Carmen was a business woman first and foremost. How does one portray that on skates? Carmen was once a little girl who had dreams, too. Mao had that.
Bizet's music, imo, can be interpreted in many ways. Not necessary to go with the opera. Can you imagine skating to Mozart's Divertimento No. l5 and looking for the book he didn't write? Mozart's non opera music is skateable, imo, but there are no skaters of that maturity to do them justice. One can feel music, but can one express that in dance and skating? Not easy. Much easier to throw in a dagger at the end of Un Bel Di; or flap your arms for Swan Lake not to mention wearing a dumb costume to show the story the skater can't really feel.