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Que vois je?

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Opera title:

Les Pêcheurs de perles


Georges Bizet




Les Pêcheurs de perles Synopsis


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Zurga / Nadir


Baritone / Tenor



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Les Pêcheurs de perles, Act I: Que vois-je? (Zurga, Nadir, Fishermen, Villagers)

Singer: Alain Vanzo

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Les Pêcheurs de perles, Act I: Que vois-je? (Zurga, Nadir, Fishermen, Villagers) · Alain Vanzo/Guillermo Sarabia/Choeurs de l'Opéra National de Paris/Jean LaForge/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre

Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

? 1978 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1990 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Chorus: Jean Laforge
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Conductor: Georges Pretre
Lead Vocals: Alain Vanzo
Lead Vocals: Guillermo Sarabia
Lead Vocals: Choeurs De Theatre National De L'Opera
Lead Vocals: Jean Laforge
Lead Vocals: Paris Opera Orchestra
Lead Vocals: Georges Pretre
Librettist: Eugene Cormon
Librettist: Michel Carre
Librettist: Michel Carré
Orchestra: Paris Opera Orchestra
Orchestra: Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
Producer: Gréco Casadesus
Composer: Georges Bizet

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Que vois-je?
Un pirogue aborde près d'ici!
Je l'attendais!
O dieu Brahma! merci!

Qui donc attendais-tu?

Une femme inconnue
Et belle autant que sage,
Que les plus vieux de nous,
Selon le vieil usage,
Loin d'ici, chaque année,
Ont soin d'aller chercher!
Un long voile à nos yeux
Dérobe son visage;
Et nul ne doit la voir,
Nul ne doit l'approcher!
Mais pendant nos travaux,
Debout sur ce rocher,
Elle prie, et son chant
Qui plane sur nos têtes
Écarte les esprits méchants
Et nous protége!
Elle approche! ami,
Fête avec nous son arrivée!

Léïla, le front couvert d'un voile, paraît suivie de Nourabad. Nadir seul, plongé dans une rêverie profonde, n'aperçoit pas Léïla.

English Libretto or Translation:

What do I see?
A canoe is coming
aground nearby!
I was expecting it. O holy Brahma, be thanked!

Whom were you expecting?

An unknown woman, as beautiful as she is wise,
whom the oldest of us, according to an ancient custom,
every year, go and fetch, far away from here!
A long veil conceals her face from us
and no-one must see her or come near her.
But while we are at work, standing on that rock,
she prays, and her chant, hovering above our heads,
keeps away evil spirits and protects us.
She is nigh, my friend, celebrate her coming with us!

Leila, her face hidden underneath a veil, enters followed by Nourabad.
Nadir, wrapped up in his own thoughts, is the only one who does not look at her.

Here she is, she is coming;
they are bringing her, here she is!