- The Pearl Fishers [ENO]
Written by Georges Bizet, this is an opera in 3 acts and based in Ceylon. The story concerns the friendship of two fishermen and their subsequent betrayals to each other.
"Cherished for its popular duet, The Pearl Fishers offers a compelling tale of friendship tested by love. Amid Bizet's outpouring of memorable melodies, colourful orchestration and evocative choruses is a story that is not all sweetness and light. A painful love triangle exploring themes of desire and rejection, longing and loss, and religious strictures lies at the heart of The Pearl Fishers - themes explored in Penny Woolcock's admired original 2010 production. From the mesmerising underwater paradise of its opening sequence to the reality of designer Dick Bird's shanty town setting, Woolcock's staging seeks to reveal the truth lurking beneath Bizet's Orientalist confection."