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THE PEARL FISHERS 11, 14, 16, 18 Sept 2010
1 Dec 2009
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Bizet's sensuous and romantic tale transports us to the land of the pearl fishers on the coast of Ceylon. Their chief, Zurga, meets up with his old friend Nadir and they recall in the world famous duet 'In the depths of the Temple' their former rivalry for the hand of the beautiful priestess Leila, who they renounced for the sake of their friendship.

Leila arrives and prays to Brahma for the pearl fishers' safety; she and Nadir recognize each other and their love is immediately revived. Discovered by the outraged high priest, the lovers are captured and brought before Zurga. Seized with jealousy he condemns them both to death but soon realises that it was Leila, as a small girl, who years earlier had saved his life. As Leila and Nadir prepare to face death together, Zurga cries out that the camp is on fire. As the pearl fishers rush away to fight the flames, Zurga releases Leila and Nadir, declaring that he is now repaying the debt he owes her. As the lovers escape, Zurga awaits his own death in the approaching fire.

Bizet's beautiful score overflows with dramatic energy and in this visually captivating production reveals many sensuous, alluring images of the lush and mysterious Ceylonese landscape, the ruined temple at sunset, the pearl divers and the enigmatic veiled beauty of Leila. The Pearl Fishers melds passion and exoticism into a spellbinding story.

The Pearl Fishers - Georges Bizet

Adelaide Festival Theatre 11, 14, 16, 18 Sept 2010

Proudly Sponsored by The Friends of the State Opera

Conductor: Luke Dollman, Original Director: Ann-Margret Pettersson, Rehearsed By: Luise Napier, Scenery: John Conklin, Costume Designer: Clare Mitchell, Lighting Designer: Nigel Levings, Choreographer: Rosetta Cook

Director: (Original Director) Ann-Margret Petterson Leila: Leanne Kenneally Zurga: Teddy Tahu Rhodes Nadir: James Egglestone Nourabad: Pelham Andrews Cast: State Opera Chorus Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

State Opera Chorus

Sung in French with English surtitles

This production is presented by arrangement with Opera Australia

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including two intervals

Subscription tickets for the 2010 Season on sale now, tickets for single productions available 1 March 2010 call BASS 131 246 or book at www.bass.net.au

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Adelaide music opera performance State Opera of South Australia theatre
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