ISRAELI OPERA Bizet: The Pearl Fishers, Tel Aviv Opera House, June 28

The moral of Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers is not unlike that of Bellini’s Norma, namely that falling in love with a priestess is risky, and best avoided if one does not want to be burned at the stake.

Bizet’s opera is one of the many works composed in the 19th century’s current European trend of Orientalism or Exoticism. In this opera the Orient is represented not by a gypsy femme fatale, as in Carmen, but by a Ceilonese one – distant enough from Europe’s so-called intellectuals so as not to be blamed for lack of authenticity.


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