Les Pêcheurs de Perles

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles or Les pêcheurs de perles ("The Pearl Fishers") is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet (1838-1875), to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré.

The original text

Set in a faraway island paradise, Georges Bizet tells the story of a love triangle complicated by true friendship.

It was premiered on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2002: Presented by Cape Town Opera (23–30 November)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

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