THE PEARLFISHERS Featured

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00 Written by  Published in Australia News

Set in colonial Ceylon, Bizet’s romantic opera of golden sands, colourful silks and soul-stirring duets is being reimagined in this brand new Opera Australia production, directed by Michael Gow.

Opera Australia’s Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini says, “In a piece like The Pearlfishers it is important to me to have a great conductor and Guilluame Tourniaire in one of the best. 

“The piece also needs truly wonderful singers and we have those artists in both casts. In the first we have a cast that includes internationally acclaimed singers Ekatarina Siurina and Pavol Breslik, making their Opera Australia debuts. The talented young singers in second cast are some of the best. I think people will be surprised at just how good singers such as Stacey Alleaume and Nikhil Navkal are and the different energy they bring to the piece.”

In the hands of master storyteller Michael Gow, Bizet’s romantic opera is a compelling tale. Two men swear loyalty to each other but as the opera unfolds, temptation duels with duty, true hearts turn black with jealousy and rash choices bring regrets.

The Australian playwright and director is drawn to the history behind the lavish cultural stereotypes. The lustre of a pearl can't tell the story of its gruesome industry, a trade where cruel men count pearls above a fisher's life or livelihood. But Gow can.

The vivid colours and exotic beauty of Robert Kemp’s set and costume design honour Ceylon’s colonial past, creating a visually alluring spectacle to complement the exquisite music of The Pearlfishers. The creative partnership between Robert Kemp and Michael Gow has been 

proven to be a great success with collaborations between the two resulting in Opera Australia’s highly regarded regional tour of The Magic Flute. They have also worked together for the tour of The Marriage of Figaro in 2016.

Conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire, and featuring the vivacious Ekaterina Siurina and Stacey Alleaume as Léïla, and Pavol Breslik and Nikhil Navkal as Nadir, this new Pearlfishers offers audiences a chance to hear Bizet’s passionate music in a new light. The visual and musical beauty of this opera means it promises to be a production you will never forget.

Performance Date
15 JANUARY—12 MARCH, JOAN SUTHERLAND THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
7—28 MAY, ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE, STATE THEATRE 

Source - https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/pearlfishers-sydney

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