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Les pêcheurs de perles
About the performance

The premiere of the opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles by Georges Bizet, written to the libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, took place on the stage of the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on the 30th of September 1863. It was the first opera by the twenty-four-year-old composer to be presented on stage.

The plot consists of a story about a competition between two friends, pearl divers Zurga and Nadir, who are both in love with the wonderful Leïla. It unfolds against exotic landscapes of the island of Ceylon (an unusual environment of exotic countries was used as an additional attraction for the public in many French operas). So, Leïla would have to make a choice, which is far more complicated: between duty and emotion. As with many romantic plots, the emotion wins: a priestess of Brahma, Leïla does not remain indifferent to the passionate confessions of Nadir and breaks the vow of purity and celibacy. An execution awaits the lovers, but they suddenly manage to escape and flee custody during a fire, which was organised by Zurga. In the key moment of the narrative, the perjury of the priestess, the echoes of two famous predecessors of Bizet can be “heard”: La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini and Norma by Vincenzo Bellini. The obsession with feelings defined the lyrical tone that prevails in the music. It is no coincidence that the most recognisable pages of Les Pêcheurs de Perles are the melancholically beautiful romance of Nadir and the duet of Nadir and Zurga from the first act, filled with memories and vows of eternal friendship.

Premiered on December 10, 2020.

Presented with two intervals.

Edition by Brad Cohen

Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré

Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
2 hours 40 minutes
Language:
French
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Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir, Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexey Prokopyev as Nourabad, Tatiana Koninskaya as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tamara Kasumova as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tatiana Koninskaya as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir, Tatiana Koninskaya as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexey Prokopyev as Nourabad, Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir, Tatiana Koninskaya as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga, Tamara Kasumova as Leïla, Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir, Kirill Filin as Nourabad.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Leïla.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tamara Kasumova as Leïla, Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tamara Kasumova as Leïla, Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tatiana Koninskaya as Leïla, Konstantin Suchkov as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga, Tamara Kasumova as Leïla, Yaroslav Abaimov as Nadir.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tamara Kasumova as Leïla, Kirill Filin as Nourabad.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Azamat Tsaliti as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Konstantin Suchkov as Zurga.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Cast
30 April
2023

Sunday, 14:00

29 April
2023

Saturday, 19:00

28 April
2023

Friday, 19:00

27 April
2023

Thursday, 19:00

16 October
2022

Sunday, 14:00

15 October
2022

Saturday, 19:00

14 October
2022

Friday, 19:00

13 October
2022

Thursday, 19:00

15 May
2022

Sunday, 14:00

14 May
2022

Saturday, 19:00

13 May
2022

Friday, 19:00

12 May
2022

Thursday, 19:00

13 February
2022

Sunday, 14:00

12 February
2022

Saturday, 19:00

11 February
2022

Friday, 19:00

10 February
2022

Thursday, 19:00

06 February
2022

Sunday, 14:00

05 February
2022

Saturday, 19:00

04 February
2022

Friday, 19:00

03 February
2022

Thursday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Pearl fishermen are getting ready for the new fishing season. They meet in the place which is the most important in the life of their community. They have to choose the leader from their midst, and Zurga becomes the head fisherman.

Nadir appears, and Zurga recognizes him as his old friend. Some time ago they fell in love with the same girl, called Leïla, and parted their ways not to become enemies.

Nadir agrees to stay with the fishermen. He assures Zurga that he has overcome his feelings and nothing can stand in the way of their friendship now. 

Schedule and tickets
Date
Tickets
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Time
27 April
Thursday
0
0
19:00
28 April
Friday
0
0
19:00
29 April
Saturday
0
0
19:00
30 April
Sunday
0
0
14:00
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