Bizet’s little gem

It may be a post-modern world in which we now have seemingly unlimited access to information about just about every work of art around but, happily, there are still a few that slip under the radar. Bizet, of course, is one of the better known composers of opera music, but The Pearl Fishers does not generally feature in the Top 10 operatic roster.

“That’s a shame because there is some wonderful music in the opera and a couple of well-known arias,” notes Steven Sloane, who will be on the conductor’s podium of the Opera House in Tel Aviv tomorrow evening to preside over the first performance of the work’s current run here. The popular sound bytes from the opera include “Au fond du temple saint,” generally known as “The Pearl Fishers’ Duet.”


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