Georges Bizet


OCTOBER 10 12, 2013    |    ANDREW JACKSON HALL, TPAC

THE PATRICIA & RODES HART PRODUCTION


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ACT I


Zurga is made chief of a tribe of pearl divers.  He welcomes the return of his boyhood friend, Nadir, who left many years before to make his living as a hunter.  On a past adventure together, they had both fallen in love with a priestess they saw in a temple at Kandi.  This love tore their friendship apart, making them blood enemies.  They now reaffirm their friendship and vow to give up any thought of the woman who drove them apart.


Nourabad, the high priest, brings in a veiled priestess from another island.  Her prayers and singing will drive evil spirits away from the fishing boats.  Nadir instantly recognizes her as Leila, the Brahman priestess with whom both he and Zurga had been in love:  Nadir has sought her in all his wanderings.  Leila recognizes him also and sings of her intense love for him.


ACT II


Leila and Nadir secretly meet later that night in the ruined temple.  Nourabad discovers them together.  The tribe condemns them to death for blasphemy.  Zurga tries to save them from the mob, but when Leila’s veil is ripped from her face, he condemns the guilty couple.


ACT III


Leila comes to Zurga’s tent to plead for Nadir’s life, but Zurga is again angered when he finds Leila does not love him.  He commands Nourabad to take her to the sacrificial pyre.  Before she goes, Zurga recognizes a necklace Leila is wearing as the same necklace he had once given a young girl for saving his life from an angry mob.  He realizes that now, in turn, he must save her.  In spite of his love for Leila, Zurga helps her and Nadir to escape by setting the village on fire.

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