Georges Bizet: The Pearl Fishers

Friendship and love are pushed to the limits in Bizet's captivating opera

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BBC Radio 3
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 14:00


In a concert recorded just a few months ago, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Arnold Schoenberg Chorus bring to life George Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. 'The Pearl Fishers’ is one of only a handful of operas that Bizet completed before his premature death in 1875.

A story that exposes the fragility of friendship and the power of jealousy, it follows the paths of Nadir and Zurga, and the potentially disastrous consequences surrounding their infatuation with the same beautiful priestess.

Although shadowed by Bizet’s better known Carmen, The Pearl Fishers contains one of opera’s most recognisable pieces, ‘The Pearl Fishers’ Duet’. In this production it is performed by tenor Dmitry Korchak (Nadir) and baritone Nathan Gunn (Zurga), as they reminisce about their mutual love of the priestess Leila, played here by soprano Diana Damrau.


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