New York, NY (November 6, 2018)—Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) returns to the Metropolitan Opera for seven performances November 14–December 8, 2018. Bizet’s opera tells the story of a beautiful Hindu temple priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her love. The cast is led by soprano Pretty Yende as Leïla, tenor Javier Camarena as Nadir, and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, led by conductor Emmanuel Villaume.
Both Kwiecien and bass-baritone Nicolas Testé (as the high priest Nourabad) reprise the roles they sang when Penny Woolcock’s acclaimed production premiered at the Met on New Year’s Eve 2015, with the action relocated from ancient Ceylon to a contemporary Asian seaside town. The first Met staging of the 19th-century opera since 1916, the production is particularly striking for its remarkable video projections, lighting effects, and aerialists. Highlights of the score include the much-loved tenor aria “Je crois entendre encore” and the great tenor-baritone duet of friendship, “Au fond du temple saint,” one of the best-known numbers for two male voices in the operatic repertory.
For the December 8 performance, Amanda Woodbury and Raymond Aceto will sing the roles of Leïla and Nourabad, respectively.
Les Pêcheurs de Perles Radio and Online Broadcasts The November 14 and November 28 performances of Les Pêcheurs de Perles will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and both performances will also be streamed live on the Met’s web site, metopera.org.