from Act I of the French opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles
by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Michel Carré
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: A wild and rocky shore on the coast of Ceylon in ancient times
Synopsis: In the past, Nadir had fallen in love with a beautiful Brahman priestess named Léïla at a Brahman temple. Now, a veiled priestess has come to his village and he recognizes her as Léïla. He sings of his love for her which has not been diminished by the time they have spent apart.