New-to-Chicago Production The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles)
By Georges Bizet
- Language - Sung in French with projected English translations
- Running Time - 2 hours, 25 minutes with 1 intermission
For sheer transcendent 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.
The Pearl Fishers
by Georges Bizet
EMI recording — Cotrubas, Vanzo, Sarabia, cond. Prêtre.
“Je crois entendre encore”
“Me voilà seule…Comme autrefois”
The Pearl Fishers Synopsis
This story of love, betrayal, and sacrifice centers around two friends, Nadir and Zurga, who have vowed to never let the love of a woman come between them. However, when a beautiful priestess arrives their vows are put to the test and each man must make his choice. Enjoy lush music and lively dance in Lyric’s production of this captivating romance that tests the bonds of friendship.
TIME and PLACE: 19th-century Ceylon.
Go inside this production of The Pearl Fishers with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
Sir Andrew Davis
Set & Costume Designer
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumnus
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center