Jan 24, 2014
The Pearl Fishers: Two Guys in Love in Sri Lanka
Sometimes there's a gay subtext, as in The Spanish Hour or Porgy and Bess, but usually you're listening to some guy singing endlessly in Italian about "Women are great, aren't women great? Men don't like men, they just like women, because women are great!"
But The Pearl Fishers (Les pecheurs de perles, 1863), by Georges Bizet, is about men in love.
When the other pearl fishermen sentence Nadir to die for offending the gods, Zurga argues for clemency. Then he discovers that Nadir is in love with his ex-lover, and angrily calls for them both to be executed. At the last minute he changes his mind and allows the two to escape, and his enraged coworkers stab him to death.
Oh yes, let us swear to remain friends!
Yes, it is her, the goddess, who comes to unite us this day.
And, faithful to my promise, I wish to cherish you like a brother!
It is her, the goddess, who comes to unite us this day!
Yes, let us share the same fate,let us be united until death!
And it's a lot more interesting than John Steinbeck's "The Pearl"