Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Opera in three acts by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré
RUSE STATE OPERA
Conductor – Sunay Muratov
Director – Pavel Gerdzhikov
Nadir – Rodrigo Trosino (Mexico)
Leïla – Daniela Karaivanova
Zurga – Vencislav Atanasov
Nourabad – Momchil Milanov
Orchestra, choir and ballet of State Opera – Ruse
At the time of the premiere, Bizet was not yet 25 years old: he had yet to establish himself in the Parisian musical world.
Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the opera tells the 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 in Western opera. Nadir’s aria “Je crois entendre encore” is also a major moment in the opera that also get recorded and performed regularly.
The opera was premiered on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.