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Que vois je?

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Opera title:

Les Pêcheurs de perles


Georges Bizet




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Zurga / Nadir


Baritone / Tenor



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Les Pêcheurs de perles: Que vois-je? (Zurga, Nadir)

Singer(s): Nicolai Gedda Ernest Blanc

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Les Pêcheurs de perles: Que vois-je? (Zurga, Nadir) · Ernest Blanc/Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre du Théâtre National de I'Opéra-Comique/Pierre Dervaux

Bizet: Les Pecheurs de perles

? 1961 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company. Remastered (p) 1989 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company.

Bass- Baritone: Ernest Blanc
Bass- Baritone Vocals: Ernest Blanc
Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
Lead Vocals: Ernest Blanc
Lead Vocals: Orchestre Du Theatre National De L'opera-comique
Lead Vocals: Pierre Dervaux
Librettist: Eugene Cormon
Librettist: Michel Carre
Orchestra: Orchestre du Théâtre National de I'Opéra-Comique
Orchestra: Orchestre Du Theatre National De L'opera-comique
Produced by: Rene Challan
Producer: René Challan
Producer: Rene Challan
Vocals: Nicolai Gedda
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!