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The Pearl Fishers

Georges Bizet


The Pearl Fishers

Georges Bizet’s classic tale of forbidden love unfolds on an island fishing village, cloaked in mystique. Pearl fishermen Zurga and Nadir, are old friends who swore an oath to never pursue the beautiful Leila, with whom they are both in love. In preparation for a fishing trip, an anonymous veiled virgin arrives to pray for the fleet’s safety. When the two men learn of the virgin’s true identity, they become locked in a bitter love triangle that tests the bonds of friendship and loyalty.

This brand new production is brought to life on stage by the debuting team of conductor Anne Manson and director Tazewell Thompson. Sought-after soprano Heather Buck (Orpheé, 2012) returns as the mysterious priestess, Leila, while tenor Chad A. Johnson (Don Giovanni, 2010) and baritone David Pershall (Spectrum Resident Artist Program, 2008) play her suitors in this exotic tale of secret passions betrayed.