Les pêcheurs de perles

At the back of the holy temple, adorned with flowers and gold, a woman appears.” One of the most beautiful duets of French opera, “Au fond du temple saint,” formed the basis of Bizet’s first operatic work, which he wrote at the age of 25. It’s a tale of betrayed friendship, impossible love and sacrificial rituals. The fishermen Zurga and Nadir and the object of their desire, the priestess Leïla, form a love triangle, bound by an oath that is doomed to failure. The island of Ceylon, at the crossroads of India and Asia, is the setting of this tragic story.



G. Bizet (1838-1875)

Act II: Air « Me voilà seule dans la nuit » (Leïla)*

Act III : Duo « Je frémis, je chancelle » (Leïla, Zurga)**
*Audio file recorded by Catherine St-Arnaud (soprano) and Esther Gonthier, (piano)
**Audio file recorded by Catherine St-Arnaud, (soprano), Geoffrey Schellenberg (ténor) and Esther Gonthier, (piano)
Recording and editing by Pierre Levesque.

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