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No. 96 is ‘Au fond du temple saint’. This hauntingly beautiful opera duet is sung by “Nadir” and “Zurga”, two pearl fishermen on the island of Ceylon. Their lifelong friendship was once threatened by their mutual love of a young priestess, but in this touching ode to their undying friendship they pledge to never let anything come between them again.

No. 96

Au fond du temple saint
(“The Pearlfishers Duet”)

by Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875)

A veiled Leila, the object of both Nadir and Zurga’s affection, arrives on stage.


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