Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Screening from March 5, 2016
NEW PRODUCTION! Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda Production: Penny Woolcock Cast: Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien
Sung in French with Met Titles in English
Approximate running time: 2 hours 55 minutes inc. intermission