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Georges Bizet

The Pearl Fishers

Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
22 Apr 2021

Balmy sea breezes carry the perfume of French romanticism.

Old friends Zurga and Nadir are reunited and vow to never again let love for a woman threaten their brotherhood. When a mysterious priestess arrives in the fishing village, their bonds of friendship are tested.

Exoticism was all the rage in 19th century Europe. Bizet tapped into this trend, transporting his audiences to the island of Ceylon. This opera established his reputation in the Parisian music world at only 24. Ten years later would come Carmen.

The famous 'The Pearl Fishers' Duet' ('Au fond du temple saint') is one of opera’s greatest hits. It was even used in the film Gallipoli. But there’s more to this opera. A treasure trove of music and lyricism awaits to be uncovered.

Pack your picnic and dive into a soul-stirring night in the tropics.



Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Thursday 22 April*, 7.30 pm

2 h, plus one interval

Sung in French with English surtitles

*Please note: date change since printing of Season 2021 brochure

The Pearl Fishers goes on sale in Quarter 2

Subscriptions will be available from Thursday 11 February to Wednesday 24 February. Single tickets on sale from Thursday 25 February.

Subscription Tickets $35-$103
Single Tickets $39-$129

2021 Concession prices include: Pension and Health Care Card holders, Full-time Students, MEAA Members. Other Discount prices available: Senior, 30 Years and Under, Arts Access Victoria. Companion Card ticketing available.

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Creatives & Cast

Composer Georges Bizet
Librettists Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré 
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Elizabeth Hill-Cooper 
Orchestra Orchestra Victoria


Leïla Kathryn Radcliffe
Nadir Carlos E. Bárcenas
Zurga Stephen Marsh
Nourabad Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Victorian Opera Chorus

Supported by

Orchestra Victoria

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