Pavarotti in operatic duets (2): “The Pearl Fishers’ Duet”

The second duet in our brand new blog post series on Pavarotti in operatic duets is “The Pearl Fishers’ Duet”.

This duet is taken from the Bizet opera “The Pearl Fishers”, or Les pêcheurs de perles, which is the original French title of this opera.

The french title of the duet is Au fond du temple saint, which translates “In the depths of the temple”, but is generally known as “The Pearl Fishers’ Duet”. It’s a duet between Nadir (tenor) and Zurga (baritone) in act 1.


Pavarotti recorded the aria for a vinyl single in 1976 with the bass Nicolai Ghiaurov. Robin Stapleton conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Pavarotti didn’t, as far as I know, perform this duet on stage.

In the picture above Pavarotti and Ghiaurov is joined by Mirella Freni, Pavarotti’s lifelong friend and singing partner, and Ghiaurov’s wife for many years.

This rare Pavarotti recording is included on some Pavarotti compilations. Lucky for us it’s also included on the latest Pavarotti compilation Pavarotti: The 50 Greatest Tracks on Decca CD, download and streaming.

This post was originally published 26-09-2013. Last revision 26-09-2013.



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