Today I want to share with you aria from Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Bizet was a French composer, most famous for his opera Carmen. Every artist should really focus on pleasing himself with his work; the public is too fickle. Carmen is indisputably one of the most popular operas of the 20th Century; however, it was a failure during Bizet’s short lifetime – he died at 36. On the day of his funeral, Opéra-Comique staged a special performance of Carmen to honor the composer. The press, who had hated Carmen three months earlier, suddenly loved it. Bizet was praised as a genius.
I think the Jussi Bjoerling/Robert Merrill reading is by far the best ever recorded….have you experienced it?
Those are nice performances but undoubtedly the most beautiful recording of this gorgeous duet “Au fond du temple saint” is by Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill
another beautiful aria from Pearl Fishers is the haunting “Je crois entendre encore” here sung immortally by the great French lyric tenor Alain Vanzo
This is absolutely true
Bjoerling / Merrill rendition is superb.