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The Pearl Fishers

Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

Bizet's captivating 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers, is beloved by audiences everywhere for its score, which includes the most popular tenor-baritone duet in opera. The libretto and music conjure up a particularly exotic locale: ancient Ceylon, where the priestess Leïla is loved by both the fisherman Nadir and Zurga, king of the pearl fishers. The travails of this love triangle lead to disaster when Zurga believes himself betrayed by Leïla and Nadir.

Thru - Dec 10, 2017

Sat, Nov 25: 7:30pm
Wed, Nov 29: 7:30pm
Mon, Dec 4: 7:30pm
Thu, Dec 7: 7:30pm
Sun, Dec 10: 2:00pm

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

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  The Pearl Fishers Reviews
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Chicago Sun Times - Recommended

"...The 52-person chorus, under chorus master Michael Black, brought a gravitas and anxiousness to each of the scenes in which the community gathered in fear, reverence and outrage. Bravo to them, and cheers for Bizet.'
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...For a living, pulsating definition of Romanticism, look no further than the 25-year-old Georges Bizet’s opera “The Pearl Fishers.” Worlds away from the verismo terrain of “Carmen,” which would cap Bizet’s brief life just 12 years later, “Les pêcheurs de perles” is an exotic love poem set in ancient Ceylon, its soaring lyricism consummated in one man’s ultimate sacrifice offered to another in the name of both love and friendship. The whole seductive package – remote enchantment, grand singing, evocative costumes, stylized sets – comes together in a splendid production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago."
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Lawrence B. Johnson

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...In a small pearl fishing village, the people have just elected Zurga (Mariusz Kwiecień) to be their leader during an important religious ritual. Zurga’s friend, Nadir (Matthew Polenzani), has just returned after the two fought over a priestess they met in another city, but they have since reconciled. Unbeknown to them, the priestess hired for the present ritual, Leïla (Marina Rebeka), is the same one, but she is required to take a vow of chastity and to keep herself veiled upon pain of death. Leïla loves Nadir and they recognize each other, setting them up for conflict with Zurga as their friend and their king."
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Jacob Davis

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