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May. 14 2018

06/09/18 – The Pearl Fishers – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

THE PEARL FISHERS

(Les pêcheurs de perles)

by Georges Bizet
Sung in French

photo credit: Andrew Cioffi

 

The Pearl Fishers Opera Overview
For sheer exotic beauty, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers has few rivals in the entire repertoire. The opera’s famed duet for tenor and baritone is a soaring melody that has turned countless opera newcomers into ecstatic fans. Bizet (who composed this work 12 years before Carmen) transports us to Ceylon, where two devoted friends find themselves in love with the same woman, an entrancingly beautiful priestess, Leïla. From its leading men and leading lady, The Pearl Fishers demands the ultimate in vocal beauty and elegance to do justice to this sweepingly romantic drama.

“Mr. Kwiecień is an ideal Zurga [and] Mr. Polenzani makes a poignantly believable Nadir. Their ardent, soaring performance… brought fresh urgency to the familiar music.”
The New York Times

Marina Rebeka

Marina Rebeka

Leïla

Matthew Polenzani†

Matthew Polenzani†

Nadir

Mariusz Kwiecień

Mariusz Kwiecień

Zurga

Andrea Silvestrelli

Andrea Silvestrelli

Nourabad

Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis

Conductor

Andrew Sinclair

Andrew Sinclair

Director

Zandra Rhodes*

Zandra Rhodes*

Set & Costume Designer

Ron Vodicka*

Ron Vodicka*

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Michael Black

Chorus Master

John Malashock

John Malashock

Choreographer

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