Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Opera in three acts (1863)
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Florentin Carré

In French with German surtitles

Premiere
Sunday, 16 November 2014
7 pm

Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Director: Lotte de Beer
With Diana Damrau, Dmitry Korchak et al.

ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

New production of Theater an der Wien

Synopsis

During the period of exoticism, far-off locations and ostensibly foreign musical elements were also all the rage in 19th-century opera. In 1863, Georges Bizet was commissioned by the director of the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris to compose a work of this kind: it was the first major opera that Bizet was able to present. The three-way love story, written by the experienced librettists Cormon and Carré, featured exotic rituals and attractive natives in whom the same tempestuous emotions raged as in works set in the Old World.

The pearl fishers await the consecrated virgin, who is to calm the sea with her prayers so that the fishers can go about their work in safety. Zurga, their new leader, and his friend, the hunter Nadir, once fell in love with the same girl, but swore not to pursue her for the sake of their friendship. But Nadir has secretly broken the oath and pproached her. When the veiled virgin appears she has to swear never to belong to a man. But when he hears her voice, Nadir immediately recognizes her as the girl he loves, Leila. At night the two lovers meet, but are discovered by Nourabad, the High Priest. Zurga is obliged to sentence the two of them to death. At first, he wants to show mercy to his friend and the virgin and pardon them, but when Nourabad tears the veil from the virgin’s face and Zurga is confronted with Nadir’s treachery he condemns them to death in a fit of jealous fury. However, he quickly regrets his impulsiveness, especially when Leila, who begs him to spare Nadir’s life, reveals that she once saved his, Zurga’s, life. When the two lovers are being led away to be executed, Zurga starts a fire in the fishers’ camp so that Nadir and Leila can escape in the ensuing chaos.

Cast

Opera in three acts (1863)

Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Florentin Carré

Performed in French with German surtitles

Conductor

Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Biography
Director

Lotte de Beer

Biography
Set designer

Marouscha Levy

Biography
Costume designer

Jorine van Beek

Biography
Light designer

Alex Brok

Biography
Video

Finn Ross

Biography
Dramaturgy

Peter te Nuyl

Biography
Leila

Diana Damrau

Biography
Nadir

Dmitry Korchak

Biography
Zurga

Nathan Gunn

Biography
Nourabad

Nicolas Testé

Biography
Orchestra

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Biography
Chorus

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)

Biography

Photos Gallery

Les Pêcheurs de Perles 14/15

Premiere: 16 November 2014

Director: Lotte de Beer
Conductor: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
New production of Theater an der Wien
Photos: © Werner Kmetitsch

Videos

Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Arnold Schoenberg Chor)

Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Arnold Schoenberg Chor)

Musikalische Leitung: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Inszenierung: Lotte de Beer
Mit Diana Damrau, Dmitry Korchak, Nathan Gunn u.a.
ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien

Duett "Au fond du temple saint" - Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Duett "Au fond du temple saint" - Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Nathan Gunn (Zurga), Dmitry Korchak (Nadir)
Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Musikalische Leitung: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Inszenierung: Lotte de Beer
ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien

Leila's Aria "Oh Dieu Brahma" - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Diana Damrau)

Leila's Aria "Oh Dieu Brahma" - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Diana Damrau)

Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Diana Damrau (Leila)
Musikalische Leitung: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Inszenierung: Lotte de Beer
ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien

Nadir's Aria - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Dmitry Korchak)

Nadir's Aria - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Dmitry Korchak)

Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Die Perlenfischer)
Dmitry Korchak (Nadir)
Musikalische Leitung: Jean-Christophe Spinosi
Inszenierung: Lotte de Beer
ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien
Arnold Schoenberg Chor (Ltg. Erwin Ortner)
Neuproduktion des Theater an der Wien