Fishing for Pearls at Virginia Opera

Virginia Opera Presents:

The Pearl Fishers

By Georges Bizet
Sung in French with English Supertitles
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM


Virginia OperaThe Pearl Fishers, Georges Bizet’s classic tale of forbidden love, unfolds on an island fishing village, cloaked in mystique. Pearl fishermenZurga 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. The sumptuous and melodic score by Bizet, composer of operatic mega-hit Carmen, showcases the celebrated “Pearl Fishers Duet” for tenor and baritone, “Au fond du temple saint, “ which has been regarded for decades as one of the greatest operatic numbers of all time.

Virginia OperaThis brand new production is brought to life on stage by the debuting team of conductor Anne Manson and directorTazewell Thompson.
Sought-after soprano Heather Buck (Orphée, 2012) returns as the mysterious priestess, Leila, while tenor Chad A. Johnson (Don Giovanni, 2010) and baritone David Pershall(Emerging Artist Program, 2008) play her suitors in this exotic tale of secret passions betrayed. Click here to watch video, view photos and learn more about The Pearl Fishers.

The Pearl Fishersruns Friday, October 19 and Sunday, October 21 at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Tickets are on sale now through ETIX or call 1.800.514.3849 to order today! Ticket prices start at just $29.

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