National Friendship Day 2021 - Detroit Opera

National Friendship Day 2021

Noah Stewart & Nmon Ford in Bizet’s The Pearl Fisher at MOT

Today is National Friendship Day, so we thought we would highlight a duet reflecting true friendship.

Georges Bizet is best remembered for his opera Carmen in 1875, but 12 years earlier at the age of 25 he composed  his first important opera The Pearl Fishers /Les pêcheurs de perles, an opera in three acts which premiered on September 30th 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, and was given 18 performances in its initial run.

Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the opera tells the story of how two friends Nadir and Zuniga had once fallen in love with the same woman, but then vowed  to renounce that love and remain true to their friendship in the duet "Au fond du temple saint", generally known as "The Pearl Fishers Duet", and  is one of the best-known operatic duets in Western Opera.

Click-on and hear Tenor Roberto Alagna and Baritone Bryn Terfel in the Pearl Fishers Duet:

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