Company premiere: Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers
"Come for the visual spectacle and very fine singers. Stay for the ideas. And while you’re at it, you will see, thanks to Penny Woolcock’s startling production, a little something about what’s wrong with our troubled world."
With the company premiere of The Pearl Fishers immediately following Carmen, audiences enjoyed a rare opportunity to experience back-to-back productions of Georges Bizet’s two best known operas. Far beyond its famous duet for tenor and baritone, the rarely performed earlier work offers numerous musical treasures including exquisite arias, wonderful choruses and highly imaginative orchestral writing. Director Penny Woolcock’s fascinating production deftly updated the setting to the present day, reminding us that the challenges faced by the opera’s characters are just as valid in our world today.
Production made possible by generous gifts from The Alexander Furlotti Foundation, in memory of Alex's father Dr. Amato Furlotti, and from The Blue Ribbon.
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera, originally created by English National Opera.