The Pearl Fishers
By Georges Bizet
JAN 17 | 19 | 21 | 23 (7:30 PM)
JAN 25, 2015 (2 PM)
Opening Night, January 17th, will be red carpet night.
Written 10 years before his blockbuster Carmen, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers transports you to the exotic shores of Sri Lanka. Two men test the strength of their friendship when a beautiful woman stirs up an old rivalry and a dangerous love triangle. Desire and deception build and threaten to separate the friends forever, leaving compassion and trust as the lovers' only path for survival.
Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage.
ACT I. The desolate island of Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka, is the scene; the action takes place in the remote past. On the shore the superstitious pearl fishermen sing and dance to banish evil spirits. Zurga, who has recently been chosen as their leader, is overjoyed to encounter his old friend Nadir...
The story of The Pearl Fishers revolves around a love triangle between Zurga, the leader of a fishing village, his old friend Nadir, and the priestess Leïla. Act I sets up this triangle, as Zurga and Nadir reunite after many years and recall how their friendship had been endangered because they were both in love with an anonymous priestess. In their famous duet, they pledge to never let their friendship be threatened again. ...