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Dec. 20 2015

1/16/16 – LES PECHEURS DE PERLES @ 1:00PM

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Metropolitan Opera

Les Pecheurs De Perles by Georges Bizet
Libretto by
Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré

Approximate running time: 2 hrs 29 mins

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

Sung in: French

Cast

Conductor

Gianandrea Noseda

Leïla

Diana Damrau

Nadir

Matthew Polenzani

Zurga

Mariusz Kwiecień

Nourabad

Nicolas Testé

Photo Credits: Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera

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