An instance of the use of castanets in opera occurs in the habanera in Carmen.
The lady sang with great spirit, and her rendering of la Paloma and of the habanera from Carmen was simply perfect.
He was wakeful and that wretched habanera kept throbbing in his head.
The Tango is in 2-4, played in moderately slow tempo; its rhythm is also adapted for the habanera.
The habanera went very well by being transposed half a tone higher; but the card-playing scene was another matter.
Alvarado dances the habanera with the dancing-girl Chiquita.