At the time of the premiere, Bizet was not yet 25 years old: he had yet to establish himself in the Parisian musical world. The commission to write Les pêcheurs arose from his standing as a former winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome. Despite a good reception by the public, press reactions to the work were generally hostile and dismissive, although other composers, notably Hector Berlioz, found considerable merit in the music. The opera was not revived in Bizet's lifetime, but from 1886 onwards it was performed with some regularity in Europe and North America, and from the mid-20th century has entered the repertory of opera houses worldwide.
Leila - Barbara Hendricks
Nadir - John Aler
Zurga - Gino Quilico
Nourabad - Jean-Philippe Courtis
Orchestra and Chorus of the Capital of Toulouse
Michel Plasson - conductor
EMI - 1989