Friends Forever Stay Together
Can anything possibly surpass a midsummer night at the Santa Fe Opera? How about being simultaneously transported to tropical shores on waves of dreamy melody? Bizet’s first stage success is set in ancient times on the shores of Ceylon, where Zurga, ruler of the pearl fishers, is reunited with his long-lost comrade Nadir. Their friendship duet, which recounts a mutual passion for the heavenly Leïla, is the epitome of bromance in music. Both men renounced her to save their friendship, but her unexpected return soon traps them again in the snares of love, and now they must make a choice.
Conductor Timothy Myers and director Shawna Lucey lead this revival of our stunning 2012 production, which was called “The best of this summer’s season,” by The Wall Street Journal, “True to the letter and the spirit of the work,” by the Chicago Tribune, and “An unqualified success,” by the Denver Post.
Experience the power of friendship.
Performed at The Crosby Theatre
Michel Carré and Eugène Cormon
Original Production by
Instant Translation Screen
Production support generously provided by
The Estate of Suzanne Hanson Poole and Erin & Thomas Bunkley III
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“'The Pearl Fishers' is a post-apocalyptic costume party...This is what opera could be across the U.S. if audiences were more adventurous and companies had just a little more nerve."
The Denver Post [of SFO's 2012 production]
Anthony Clark Evans
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