Trembol | Why Georges Bizet’s Aria from The Pearl Fishers is so good?

There are some opera pieces that just dig into my heart. At the beginning of 2020, Les Pêchers de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), jumped out at me, and i listened to this Aria called, Je crois entendre encore (I believe I hear it yet), also known as “Nadir’s Aria”. It’s from the well-known author of the Opera Carmen, Georges Bizet, who composed it in 1863.

It’s taken me a really long time to discover and share it with you!

This tenor aria from The Pearl Fishers got me obssesed and i listened to all its versions. I particularly fell in love with the lyrical interpretation of the tenor Alain Vanzo, with the Paris National Opera Orchrestra, conducted by Georges Prêtre.

In Trembol we believe it’s Bizet’s best Aria. This is the story behind the Opera:


George Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers synopsis. The story behind:

Mejor Aria Georges Bizet Los Pescadores de Perlas

Étienne Carjat / Public domain


A love triangle that occurs in the exotic Ceylon (Sri Lanka). In the past, Nadir, a young fisherman (the play’s main character and the singer of our Nadir’s aria) and Zurga, the chief pearl fisherman, fell in love with a beautiful priestess named Léïla. Both decided to ignore that love and keep their friendship. One day, the priestess returns to Nadir and Zurga’s town.

When seeing her, Nadir confesses that he still loves Leïla despite the time and sings “I beleive i hear it yet (Je crois entendre encore)”. Leïla and Nadir are finally together, but Zurga discovers it, rages and tells the High Priest, who decides to condemn the lovers to death.

Later Zurga realizes that Leïla saved his life time ago. At dawn, when the fishermen go to kill the couple, Zurga stops them and free the lovers, so they ran away. When the high priest returns and discovers Zurga’s plot, he orders his death.

You can’t miss ⭐️ The best parts of Nadir’s Aria

1. Take a deep breath and listen to the middle part. You’ll float.

2. The violins are so beautiful, like “Je crois encore la voir” 

3. The divine ending by woodwind instruments (clarinet..)


This is what it says | Lyrics and Translations of Bizet’s best Aria, Je crois entendre encore

French Lyrics


Je crois entendre encore, Caché sous les palmiers, Sa voix tendre et sonore Comme un chant de ramier!
O nuit enchanteresse! Divin ravissement! O souvenir charmant! Folle ivresse! doux rêve!
Aux clartés des étoiles, Je crois encore la voir, Entr’ouvrir ses longs voiles Aux vents tièdes du soir!
O nuit enchanteresse! Divin ravissement! O souvenir charmant! Folle ivresse! doux rêve! Charmant souvenir!
Lyrics in English


I believe I hear it yet,
Hidden beneath the palms,
Her voice, tender and resonant
Like the song of a dove!

Oh, enchanted night!Divine rapture!
Oh, charming memory! Maddening euphoria! Sweet dream!

In the illumination of the stars,
I believe I see her yet,
Her long veils opening
To the tepid winds of evening!

Oh, enchanted night!Divine rapture!
Oh, charming memory! Maddening euphoria! Sweet dream!

Charming memory! 

Spanish Lyrics


Creo oír todavía,
Oculto baja las palmeras,
Su voz tierna y sonora
¡Como un canto de paloma!

¡Oh noche hechicera!
¡Éxtasis divino!
¡Oh recuerdo encantador!
!Loca embriaguez! !Dulce sueño!

En la claridad de las estrellas,
Todavía creo verla,
Entreabrir sus velas largas
¡En la brisa tibia de la tarde!

¡Oh noche hechicera!
¡Éxtasis divino!
¡Oh recuerdo encantador!
!Loca embriaguez! !Dulce sueño!

¡Recuerdo encantador!

How does Trembol write the lyrics, translation and synopsis or story behind?

Translations in Trembol are made with a lot of care and love, by hand, because we want to explain you the real meaning of the song and the story behind it, with the author words and in different languages. For this reason, we do not use automatic translators, which translate word by word, without understanding the background of the lyrics. In Trembol we believe in emotions and spreading music, that is why we also translate manually all lyrics to English and Spanish, like this great Nadir’s aria from the Opera The Pearl Fishers. Click on the box of the language you want to see, and it will open. If your screen is large enough (typically a PC) you will be able to view the two lyrics in parallel, the original and the Spanish translation at the same time. Cool, isn’t it!

Composition: Eugène Cormon / Georges Bizet / Michel Carré | Background Image: Giovanni Zuccarelli (1846–1897), set designerAntonio Bonamore (1845–1907), illustrator / Public domain

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Did you know...?

Nadir’s aria “Je crois entendre encore”, is played in the last episode of Smallville Season 3, when the character, with a terminal illness, tries to commit suicide.

Bizet believed that his play Carmen would be a big fail and died of a heart attack, 3 months after the premiere, without knowing that it would be an spectacular and lasting success..

🤔 Google most searched question about Georges Bizet

Who is Georges Bizet?

In a nutshell, Georges Bizet is a French composer from the 19th century, whose most famouse Opera is Carmen.

These are some of the related questions that people search:

  • How did Bizet die? He had a short life, dying at the age of 36, due to a heart attach caused by an articular rheumatism.
  • When was George Bizet birth and death? He was born on October 25th, 1838, in Rue Louise-Émilie-de-La-Tour-d’Auvergne, France. He was a great pianist, although the devoted most of his time to composition. He suffered all his life from some kind of sore throat and was depressed many time, most likely because he didn’t reach the success he deservel. George Bizet death happened on June, 3rd, 1875.
  • What is Bizet’s name? His complete name is Alexandre-César-Léopold Bizet.

Which are George Bizet works?

Bizet composed 15 Operas (not all them finished), 9 orchestral works (some for choirs) and more than 20 piano compositions.

Some have certain success at the time Djamileh and L’Arlesienne, and some are incomplete like Clarissa Harlowe and Grisélidis.

You can find Bizet Operas list in Wikipedia.

Much more | Bizet’s Biography, complete The Pearl Fishers opera sheet…

Alain Vanzo canta la mejor aria bizet
  • We recommend the review of The Pearl Fishers opera by The Guardian.

Technical Note of George Bizet’s Aria from Les Pêcheurs de Perles

  • Bizet’s score provides for the use of: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 pistons (piston horns), 3 trombones, bass tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, drum, triangle, tamboril, tam-tam, 2 harps and strings. Easy peasy 🙂
  • You’ll find the complete free score in IMSLP, or if you’d rather try the sheet for voice and piano, Score Exchange provides a paid version.

Nadir’s Aria, sung by the Best Tenors

1. Plácido Domingo

2. Michael Spyres

3. Rolando Villazón


4. Alfredo Kraus

aria from the pearl fishers
aria from the pearl fishers

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George Bizet Best Compositions 🥇

1. The duet that made The Pearl Fishers very famous, “Au fond du Temple Saint / In the Sacred Temple“. Magical music by Jussi Björling (tenor) and Robert Merrill (baritono)

2. The most famous song from Bizet’s repertoire, La Habanera from Carmen, sang by a splendid María Callas live in Hamburg in 1962. A real treat for the ears, make sure don’t miss it!

3. One of Alain Vanzo’s most outstanding performances is “Pourquoi me réveiller“, from the opera Werther by Jules Massenet. His torrent of voice will not leave you indifferent.

Georges Bizet famous Works and Operas

We’ve designed this Spotify playlist with the best arias, operas and compositions of George Bizet.

From Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Au fond du temple saint, a complete pleaure, this time by the ‘Bavarian State Opera Chorus’. From the Opera Carmen, Les Toréadors and many other, including Agnus Dei sung by Luciano Pavarotti.

To be able to listen to the whole playlist, you need a free Spotify account.

More George Bizet contents in Internet Archive, just take a look.