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    Les Pêcheurs de perles

    Georges Bizet

    Composed ten years before Carmen, Bizet’s first true opera already gave free rein to his talent for melody.

    Lorenzo Passerini
    Lorenzo Passerini © Maurizio Gusmeroli

    Sandra Hamaoui | Leïla
    Jonah Hoskins | Nadir 
    Joshua Hopkins | Zurga
    Matthieu Lécroart | Nourabad

    Lorenzo Passerini | direction
    Orchestre de chambre de Paris
    Chœur de chambre de Rouen | direction Frédéric Pineau

    The year was 1863, twelve years before the triumph of Carmen, and orientalism was in vogue. The youthful Bizet, who was just twenty years old but already boasted a Prix de Rome, composed an “exotic” work to satisfy the expectations of audiences of the day. On the island of Ceylon, two friends who are in love with the same woman take an oath not to seduce her. When one man betrays the other, their friendship is destroyed and the innocent party grows in stature through his forgiveness and sacrifice. The story is all about friendship and love on an island full of exotic colour, but Bizet is already showcasing many facets of his future work.

    Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Céleste Productions