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Fri 19 Sep 2014, 7:30pm
Thu 25 Sep 2014, 7:30pm
Sat 27 Sep 2014, 2:00pm
Sat 27 Sep 2014, 7:30pm
Tue 30 Sep 2014, 6:30pm
Sat 4 Oct 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: FullerPR

Melbourne Opera is proud to present a new production of French opera The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) conducted by Richard Divall. Richard has conducted over a dozen productions of the opera over a period of more than 35 years.

The Pearl Fishers is an opera in three acts by French composer Georges Bizet (Carmen) to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was Bizet’s first operatic success, originally performed on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris, but achieved worldwide recognition in the mid 20th century.

Highly respected conductor and musicologist, Richard Divall, spent twenty-five years as the Music Director of the Victoria State Opera and five years as Principal Resident Conductor of Opera Australia. He conducted the first opera ever staged in the State Theatre at the Arts Centre Melbourne and is an internationally recognised music scholar.

“The Pearl Fishers is a vastly successful opera, featuring the most glorious vocal music and an incredibly exotic story. Bizet was a young man writing about young love,” says Divall. “It is an opera with instant charm and magic, I have never tired of it.”

Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, the opera tells the story of how two men's vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess.

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