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Encyclopedia > The Pearl Fishers

The Pearl Fishers (In French, Les pêcheurs de perles) is a three-act opera by Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michael Carré. While not nearly as popular as his far more famous Carmen, it contains a wealth of attractive music and has found some popularity despite its weak libretto. It received its premiere on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris. The foyer of Charles Garniers Opéra, Paris, opened 1875 Opera refers to a dramatic art form, originating in Europe, in which the emotional content or primary entertainment is conveyed to the audience as much through music, both vocal and instrumental, as it is through the lyrics. ... Georges Bizet Georges Bizet (October 25, 1838 – June 3, 1875) was a French composer and pianist of the romantic era. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... Poster from the 1875 premiere of Carmen Carmen is a French opera by Georges Bizet. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 92 days remaining. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... , The Eiffel Tower, the international symbol of the city, with the skyscrapers of La Défense business district 5 kilometres behind. ...


The story is a fairly formulaic plot after the traditions of the grand opéra style, featuring a love triangle set in the exotic location of Ceylon. It is notable that the two librettists expressed their embarrassment that, had they been aware of Bizet's talent, they would have supplied him with a better text. It survives largely through recordings, in particular the famous tenor aria "Je crois entendre encore," and the tenor-baritone duet "Au fond du temple saint." Grand Opéra is a style of opera largely characterized by many features on an excessive scale. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as the modern countertenor). ... This article is about the musical term aria. ... In music, a baritone (from Greek βαρυτονος deeply, heavily sounding) is a male voice of intermediate pitch, between bass and tenor. ...


Characters

  • Zurga, head fisherman (baritone)
  • Nadir, a fisherman (tenor)
  • Leïla, a priestess of Brahma (soprano)
  • Nourabad, high priest of Brahma (bass)

 
 

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