Bizet's The Pearl Fishers from Amsterdam
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yes, Georges Bizet did write something besides Carmen. Hector Berlioz described The Pearl Fishers, Bizet's "other" opera, as "beautiful and expressive ... filled with fire and rich coloring."
This performance comes to us from one of music's truly legendary venues, the renowned Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a hall that many feel has the world's finest acoustics. Tenor Charles Castronovo and baritone Jean-Francois Lapointe star as Nadir and Zurga, the troubled friends who join in the famous duet, with soprano Annick Massis as Leila, the woman who comes between them.
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Leila: Annick Massis (soprano)
Nadir: Charles Castronovo (tenor)
Zurga: Jean-Francois Lapointe (baritone)
Nourabad: Nicolas Testé (bass)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus