Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)

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Composer:

Georges Bizet

Librettist:

Michel Carré, and Eugène Cormon

Premiere:

30 September 1863, Paris (Théâtre Lyrique)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Les Pêcheurs de perles Synopsis

Libretto:

Les Pêcheurs de perles Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera Les Pêcheurs de perles

Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was first performed on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, and was given 18 performances in its initial run. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, the opera is a story of how two men's vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess. The friendship duet "Au fond du temple saint", generally known as "The Pearl Fishers Duet", is one of the best-known numbers in Western opera.
At the time of the premiere, Bizet was 25 years old and had yet to establish himself in the Parisian musical world. The commission to write Les pêcheurs arose from his standing as a former winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome. Despite a good reception by the public, press reactions to the work were generally hostile and dismissive, although other composers, notably Hector Berlioz, found considerable merit in the music. The opera was not revived in Bizet's lifetime, but from 1886 onwards it was performed with some regularity in Europe and America, and from the mid-20th century has entered the repertory of opera houses worldwide. Because the autograph score was lost, post-1886 productions were based on amended versions of the score that contained significant departures from the original. However, since the 1970s, efforts have been made to reconstruct the score in accordance with Bizet's intentions.
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Roles in Les Pêcheurs de perles

Leïla Soprano
Nadir Tenor
Zurga Baritone
Nourabad Bass

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All scenes from Les Pêcheurs de perles

Arias from Les Pêcheurs de perles
Duets from Les Pêcheurs de perles

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
2Sur la greve en feu

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.02

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
3Amis interrompez vos danses

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitative,choirVoice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Nadir
4Mais qui vient la

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.03-2

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
5Demeure parmi nous Nadir

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.04

Type: Voice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Nadir
6C'est toi qu'enfin je revais

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
7Au fond du temple saint

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Zurga
8Que vois je?

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: Voice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Nadir
9Elle vient..sois la bienvenue

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.08

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles:
10Seule au milieu de nous

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.09

Type: Voice: Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla
11A cette voix quel trouble

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.10

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
12Je crois entendre encore

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
13Le ciel est bleu

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: B TLanguage: French

Roles: Nourabad/Nadir
14O Dieu Brahma

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla
15Dans le ciel sans voile

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla
16L'ombre descend des cieux

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.01

Type: duet,choirVoice: S BLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla/Nourabad
17Me voila seul dans la nuit

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla
18Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla
19De mon amie fleur endormie

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir
20Leila leila Dieu puissant

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.04-1

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla/Nadir
21Ton coeur n'a pas compris le mien

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Leïla
22Ah! revenez a la raison

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.05

Type: Voice: T S BLanguage: French

Roles: Nadir/Leïla/Nourabad
23Arretez! c'est moi d'ordonner

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 2.06

Type: quartetVoice: Br S T BLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla/Nadir/Nourabad
24L'orage s'est calme

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga
25O Nadir tendre ami de mon jeune age

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga
26Qu'ai je vu?

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.02

Type: recitative,duetVoice: Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla
27Je fremis je chancelle

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla/Zurga
28Entends au loin

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.04

Type: Voice: B S BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nourabad/Leïla/Zurga
29Des que le soleil

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.05

Type: Voice: B BrLanguage: French

Roles: Nourabad/Zurga
30Sombres divinites

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.06

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br BLanguage: French

Roles: Leïla/Nadir/Zurga/Nourabad
31Oh! lumiere sainte

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: Br S TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla/Nadir
32Ce sont eux les voici

Opera: Pêcheurs de perles, Les (The Pearl Fishers)Composer: BizetAct: 3.08

Type: Voice: Br S B TLanguage: French

Roles: Zurga/Leïla/Nourabad/Nadir