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From Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Act II
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano/ Lyric soprano
Original key F Major
Language French
Composer Georges Bizet 1838 – 1875
Poet Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré Eugène Cormon 1810 – 1903 / Michel Carré 1821 – 1872
Range Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre

Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre , a setting by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, was composed by Georges Bizet in 1863 (F Major) and premiered the same year. This aria is part of Act II of the opera, Les pêcheurs de Perles.

Bizet is barely 25 when he composes Les pêcheurs de perles. Back from three years in Italy at the Villa Medicis after having won the renowned composition prize, he is faced with the difficulty, as a young composer, to convince any opera house to take on his works. Le Théâtre lyrique eventually asks him for a new opera and offers him “Les pêcheurs de perles” as a libretto. Sadly enough, his collaboration with renowned writers of the time, Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré did not lead to success. The libretto was considered boring by the critics and Berlioz was the only one to praise the expressiveness and colors of Bizet’s music.

Act I opens on fishermen feasting. They chose to elect Zurga as their leader and Nadir, his childhood friend joins him. They recall souvenirs and their mutual promise to never try to obtain the love of Leïla, the priestess they both fancy, to preserve their friendship.
The boat, with Leïla in it, arrives at the beach. In front of Zurga, she promises to always protect the village with her prayers and songs and to always stay a virgin. The ceremony ends and she heads towards the temple to perform her chants. Nadir, recognizes her voice and decides to follow her.
Act II opens on Leïla resting at the temple. The great priest arrives and expresses his doubts on Leila’s’ trustworthiness. She tells him how, one day, she risked her own life to rescue a stranger and how, to thank her, he gave her a pearl necklace.
Alone again, she sings of her love for Nadir, and her hopes of seeing him again in her aria: Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre.

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