We have already tackled Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles at Opera Lively, in an article published as part of the "Beyond the Standard Repertoire" thread.
Opera Carolina patrons (they'll be presenting the opera in Charlotte, NC, on April 13, 18, and 21, 2013; announcement and tickets [here]) and other readers interested in this beautiful opera, please click first on the link below and read the older article in our "Beyond the Standard Repertoire" section; it makes sense to read it first since it introduces the opera, etc.; then come back to this one for supplementation of the information - at the end of that article, we've placed a link to conveniently bring you right back here):
[click here first for the basic, older article]
Once you're back to read this one, please notice that most of the information in this article below is available in its "Comments" section so make sure you scroll down.
Also, read three interviews with Opera Carolina's principal singers for their upcoming production; Janinah Burnett as Leila, Chad Johnson as Nadir, and Mark Walters as Zuniga - so that Opera Carolina patrons can get familiar with the singers, in anticipation of the shows.
[click here for the interviews with the singers]
This is the full version of the pre-opera talk delivered at the theater by Opera Lively's envoy:
[click here for the pre-opera talk]
The article below was written by Opera Lively's chief editor and adminstrator Schigolch:
Now, we will basically complete the information provided, including some additional details.
Many people will be aware of this opera mainly for three wonderful numbers, that we will present in several performances since the early 20th century to our days. Those numbers are:
1.- Duet between Nadir and Zurga: 'Au fond du temple saint'.
A recent version with Roberto Alagna and Bryn Terfel:
2.- Nadir's aria: 'À cette voix...Je crois entendre encore'
A legendary performance of Alfredo Kraus:
3.- Leila's aria: 'Me voilà seule dans la nuit...Comme autrefois'
Nice and precise rendition from French soprano Andrée Esposito: