BBRATTLEBORO >> The Met's acclaimed new production of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century, will be transmitted on Live in HD for the first time on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet's sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad. Highlights of the score include "Au fond du temple saint," perhaps the best-known duet for two male voices in the operatic repertory.
MET CLUB FOREVER members $20, general admission $22, students $10. Please contact Sharry Manning for advance ticket sales or questions at 802-345-8979, firstname.lastname@example.org (Running time: approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes)
"When word gets around, the sleeper hit of the Metropolitan Opera season could be the new production of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) The British director and filmmaker Penny Woolcock, working with a dream cast (featuring the soprano Diana Damrau, the tenor Matthew Polenzani and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien), the great Met chorus and the formidable conductor Gianandrea Noseda, delivers in this sensitive and insightful production. Ms. Damrau brings brilliant coloratura agility, radiant sound and charisma galore to the role of Leila. Mr. Kwiecien is an ideal Zurga. Singing with burnished sound and lyrical richness Mr. Polenzani sang this haunting aria of remembrance with wondrous lyrical tenderness while conveying the music's gently swaying gait."
–The New York Times