'The Pearl Fishers' Performed by Syracuse Opera

'The Pearl Fishers' Performed by Syracuse Opera


Synopsis: The three-act opera by Georges Bizet is set in a pearl-fishing village in Ceylon (today’s Sri Lanka). Zurga has become the village leader. His childhood friend Nadir returns, and the two men recall a veiled woman they both once loved. Taking a pledge, the men choose friend´ship over the love of this woman.

The Pearl Fishers, 1572




The Pearl Fishers, 1572


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Meanwhile, villagers await the arrival of Leila, a virgin priestess, who will pray for their safety and prosperity as they dive for pearls in the ocean. High priest Nourabad welcomes Leila, instructing her to remain veiled and chaste. But Nadir senses Leila’s presence and finds her.

Pearl-Fishers




Pearl-Fishers


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Nourabad discovers this illicit tryst, and the villagers seek the deaths of the two lovers. Zurga says, as leader, he will decide the fate of the two. Of course, his feelings for Leila and Nadir complicate his decision. On the verge of the execution of the lovers, Zurga creates a diversion, so they can escape.

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