On Tuesday, September 15, art connoisseurs will be able to enjoy 'The Pearl Fishers' , a rare opera for the Russian stage to the music by Georges Bizet. The production will be presented by the company of the 'St. Petersburg Opera' Theatre.
Its plain lyrical plot is based on a love triangle, with its action unfolding in an exotic place, the island of Ceylon. The opera relates the story of love between young boy Nadir and priestess Leila whose happiness is opposed by High Priest Nurabad and the Chief Zurga chosen by pearl-fishers, Nadir's longtime friend. Jealous of Leila, Zurga decides to put both lovers to death, yet following agonizing reflection grants them pardon.
In the mid-19th century, Paris's central theatre, the Théâtre Lyrique, commissioned the first opera from the young composer Bizet. 'The Pearl Fishers' opera was written in just a few months. Following its premiere in 1863, the renowned French composer Hector Berlioz noted that the opera's score 'contains many a fine expressive moment, being full of passion and rich in color.'
Melodic richness, dramatic expressiveness, peculiar features of the musical scores represent the main traits of 'The Pearl Fishers'. Music from this opera is so popular that it is quoted in movies, performed in instrumental renditions, and sung by rock musicians. Thus, Nadir's aria 'Je crois entendre encore' is sung by a celebrated British vocalist, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, while the male duet for tenor and baritone 'Au fond du temple saint' is performed by Frenchman Roberto Alagna and Welshman Brin Terfel.
The 'St. Petersburg Opera' Theatre addresses the work by Georges Bizet for the first time. Staged by the People's Artist of Russia Yuri Alexandrov known for the extravagant renditions of operatic rarities, the production will impress the public with magnificent performers of the main parts, colorful stage designs and costumes. The audience will immerse into the fabulous and beautiful world of the Far East. The action takes place in the underwater realm, in the jungles, in the caves, and in heaven.
'At 'Russian Seasons', we are happy to present so far the most fascinating production by Yuri Alexandrov, 'The Pearl Fishers'. It's a not-too-well-known gem of operatic art - an oriental plot couched in French drama. Our theatre tours extensively in Europe, we often perform in France; our tour in Nice has been planned for this year. Therefore, we will be happy to webcast this production that celebrates love, passion, and generosity!' remarked Yevgeny Malygin, Director of 'St. Petersburg Opera'.