Virginia Opera: The Pearl Fishers
- October 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Bizet’s dazzling opera is the spellbinding tale of friendship, jealousy, loyalty, love, and religious duty. Premiering as one of his first works more than a decade before Carmen, this captivating opera is evidence of his great musical gifts and serves as a prelude to the brilliant work that followed. Originally set in a fishing village in ancient Ceylon, two pearl fishermen, Zurga and Nadir, whose friendship was tested years earlier over their romantic obsession with the same beautiful stranger, declare their brotherly bond in one of Bizet’s best-loved duets, Au fond du temple saint. But their long lost love, Leila, soon returns as a mysterious priestess, and when her true identity is revealed their deadly rivalry is, quite literally, reignited. Sung in French with English supertitles.
$86, $72, $44