The Pearl Fishers (includes Duet)
Georges Bizet

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Down 5, to its lowest ever chart position. Highest of Bizet's 2 entries.

You have to wonder how Bizet would feel about our response to The Pearl Fishers, were he alive today. This three-act opera lasts around eighty minutes and has an exotic plot, rich orchestral imagery and a number of arias to boot. And yet, it's almost solely remembered today for an extract that many think is a stand-alone piece of music: 'The Pearl Fishers' Duet'.

Sung by the characters Zuria and Nadir, caught in a love triangle with the one girl they're both after, the duet has been performed thousands of times in its own right in the concert hall.

The 1916 production at New York's Metropolitan Opera.