Opera at Noon brings listeners to opera houses around the world for incredible performances of this art form that dates back to the 16th Century.

October 24: The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet – Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), the opera tells the story of how two men’s vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess. The friendship duet “Au fond du temple saint”, generally known as “The Pearl Fishers Duet”, is one of the best-known in Western opera. Marina Rebeka (Leïla), Mariusz Kwiecień (Zurga), and Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) star in this Lyric Opera of Chicago performance conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.