Sketch for the scenery
Georges Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Turin, Teatro Regio, 3 October 2019
Turin opens its operatic season with naivety and glitter
In France the taste for exoticism was all the rage when in 1863, after his stay in Italy with the scholarship awarded to him by the Prix de Rome, a new opera was proposed to Georges Bizet.
People were hooked on travel and exotic places because they were regarded as a form of getaway from the moralistic constraints of the bourgeois society of the nineteenth century: nude odalisques in paintings, in literature the tale of depraved oriental satraps were admired with a frisson…