21 Jun 2021
Zurga. Leilah. Nadir. Three people, two friends, two lovers. A triptych of relationship, bound by the past, present, and future.
- Part 1 of Listening Between the Notes
11 Sep 2020
She thought of how lucky she'd been, her life saved by a good deed and a single pearl. She'd chosen Nadir, she loved none but Nadir, but ultimately her fate had been in Zurga's hands all along.
Leila's thoughts after escaping with Nadir in act 3.
25 Jun 2020
Zurga has been infatuated with Nadir since they were boys. One day when they are caught out at sea, much comes to light.
- Part 1 of Rien ne nous sépare
Zurga, overcome with rage and lust, attempts to force himself on the helpless Leïla, only to find that she is the very woman who saved his life many years before.
A slightly rewritten ending, where Zurga discovers the truth with Leïla still in the room.
Written with the Metropolitan Opera production in mind (Damrau, Kwiecien, Polenzani).