Les pêcheurs de perles

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Les pêcheurs de perles
Geeorges Bizet

Passionate love and true friendship are juxtaposed as Nadir and Zurga fight for the love of the priestess Leila.
Bizet’s exotic opera, set in Sri Lanka, is full with beguiling arias, duets and chorus numbers.

New Production | Sung in French | Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 



Libretto: Eugene Cormon and Michel Carre

Conductor Steven Sloane                June 28,30, July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Ethan Schmeisser July 4, 6, 7, 11, 12
Director Lotte de Beer  
Set Designer Marouscha Levy  
Costume Designer             Jorine van Beek  
Lighting Designer Alex Brok  
Video Designer Finn Ross

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Soloists (In order of appearance)

 

TV Director   Andreas Zimmermann  
Nourabad   Insung Sim  June 28, July 1, 4, 12, 15, 16 
    Vladimir Braun  June 30, July 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
 Zurga   Nikola Mijailovic  June 28, July 1, 6, 8, 12, 16
    Michael Anthony McGee  June 30, July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 15
Nadir   Alexei Dolgov  June 28, July 1, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16
    Robert McPherson  June 30, July 2, 7, 9, 11, 15 
Leila   Cristina Pasaroiu  June 28, July 1, 6, 8, 12, 15
  Alla Vasilevistky  June 30, July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master : Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

English & Hebrew Surtitles
Translation : Israel Ouval

*TOWARDS OPENING -      SAT, 25.6.16, 11:00
** PREMIÈRE - TUE 20:00 28.6.16

To purchase tickets

 

Ticket Price  

 

PREMIÈRE 210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS
SUN-FRI 190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS
SAT   207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS

Act I
On the evening of the pearl fishers’ annual expedition in Ceylon, the people choose their leader. Zurga is elected. After many years, Nadir, a hunter, visit Zurga, his boyhood friend. As young men, the two were once in love with the same woman. Both swore not to pursue her so as not to endanger their friendship. Zurga sees a boat approaching: it must be the priestess whose task it is to keep the pearl fishers from harm during their expedition. The veiled priestess takes a vow of celibacy and loyalty for as long as she prays and sings for the pearl fishers on a rock.
Nadir and the priestess recognize each other: she is Leila, the woman the two men once fell in love with. Alone, Nadir sings of his love of Leila. However, his conscience plagues him because he has betrayed his friendship with Zurga. Nourabad, the high priest, brings Leila to the rock upon which she will sing to calm the sea. Nadir steals up to her and listens. Leila sings – but it is not clear whether her song n intended for the god or her beloved Nadir.

Act II
Nourabad leads Leila to a temple where she is to spend the night. Leila tells him a story of how once as a young girl she saved a fugitive from his enemies. As a sign of his gratitude, the fugitive made her a present of a necklace. Fearful of the night Leila yearns for the protective arms of Nadir. Nadir arrives but in order not to break her oath, Leila urges him to leave. Nadir stays and they confess of their love to each other.
Nourabad discovers the couple. Guards capture the fleeing Nadir and the tribe of the pearl fishers demands that the two lovers will be put to death. However, Zurga pardons them. At the command of the high priest, Leila removes her veil. Only now does Zurga recognize her as the woman he and Nadir once fell in love with. He immediately retracts his pardon. The two are to be executed.

Act III
Zurga is torn between anger and grief. He does not want to punish his friend and the woman of his dreams. Leila begs Zurga to let Nadir go and says that she is alone to blame for her breaking her oath. However, because this sacrifice is further proof of her deep love of Nadir, Zurga’s jealousy increases to a veritable fury and her rejects her pleadings.
Leila gives her necklace to one of the guards, asking him to take it to her mother after her execution. Zurga recognizes the necklace. In the dead of the night, preparations are under way to lead Nadir and Leila to the pyre. The lovers say their last farewells. Zurga cries out that a fire is raging in the camp and everyone rushes to the camp.
Zurga frees Nadir and Leila. He returns her necklace to her. Because she once saved his life, he now wishes to save hers. It was he himself who started the fire in the camp. They say goodbye to each other and Leila and Nadir escape. Zurga stays behind, alone, and waits for the revenge of the pearl fishers.  

Back Stage Secrets at the Opera
Many Opportunities to Widen your Opera Experience

 

Do you want to know more about the opera you are about to attend? Do you want to find out some back stage secrets? Do you want to meet the artists after the performance? The Israeli Opera enables you to widen your opera experience with a variety of pre performance and post-performance events. 


Towards Opening

On Saturday morning before the premiere, the creators of the production and several of the soloists gather to discuss the opera, the production, their own career and today’s opera world. This is a unique opportunity to learn as much as possible about the production and meet the director, conductor, designers and some of the participating soloists. Musical excerpts from the opera illustrate the discussion. Towards Opening takes place before some of each season’s productions.


Pre Performance Lecture

One hour before each opera performance there is a 30-minute introductory lecture in the auditorium (in Hebrew). Opera staffers present the opera and the production and enable the audience to get some extra information a short time before attending the performances. Admission is 
free for ticket holders. 


Pre Performance Back Stage Tours

What happens backstage before the audience even thinks of getting dressed for the performance? What do the singers do? The conductor? The Technical teams? How does everyone prepare for the performance? A unique opportunity to taste a little bit of the back stage excitement before the curtain ascends/ A concerted half hour tour in places that are not usually open to the general public. Tours begin 90 minute before the performance begins and last 30 minutes. Tickets are 25NIS and can be booked in advance (tickets for each tour are limited). Tours take place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website. Tours from groups both in Hebrew and in English can be booked in advance (sarah@tapac.org.il)


Opera Talkback

The curtain has just descended on the final scene of the opera. The hour is late. Nut the experience was riveting. This is the time to meet several of the performers. Come to listen and to speak. Ask questions. Meet the artists. A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the artists who have just excited you on the stage. Opera Talkbacks takes place on the second level of the Opera House foyer and last around 30 minutes. Admission free. Opera Talkback takes place on several evenings in each production. Details can be found at the Israeli opera’s website.   

 

Day          Date Hour           Back stage tours     Opera Talkbacks
*SAT 25.6.16          11:00
**TUE 28.6.16 20:00
THU 30.6.16 20:00
FRI 1.7.16 13:00
SAT 2.7.16 21:00
MON 4.7.16 20:00 After the show
WED 6.7.16 20:00 18:30
THU 7.7.16 20:00 18:30 After the show
FRI 8.7.16 13:00
SAT 9.7.16 21:00
MON 11.7.16 20:00 18:30 After the show
TUE 12.7.16 20:00 18:30 After the show
FRI 15.7.16 13:00
SAT 16.7.16 21:00

*TOWARDS OPENING -      SAT, 25.6.16, 11:00
** PREMIÈRE - TUE 20:00 28.6.16

Les pêcheurs de perles
Geeorges Bizet

Passionate love and true friendship are juxtaposed as Nadir and Zurga fight for the love of the priestess Leila.
Bizet’s exotic opera, set in Sri Lanka, is full with beguiling arias, duets and chorus numbers.

New Production | Sung in French | Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 



Libretto: Eugene Cormon and Michel Carre

Conductor Steven Sloane                June 28,30, July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Ethan Schmeisser July 4, 6, 7, 11, 12
Director Lotte de Beer  
Set Designer Marouscha Levy  
Costume Designer             Jorine van Beek  
Lighting Designer Alex Brok  
Video Designer Finn Ross

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 Soloists (In order of appearance)
 

TV Director   Andreas Zimmermann  
Nourabad   Insung Sim  June 28, July 1, 4, 12, 15, 16 
    Vladimir Braun  June 30, July 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
  Zurga   Nikola Mijailovic  June 28, July 1, 6, 8, 12, 16
    Michael Anthony McGee  June 30, July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 15
Nadir   Alexei Dolgov                            June 28, July 1, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16
    Robert McPherson  June 30, July 2, 7, 9, 11, 15 
Leila   Cristina Pasaroiu  June 28, July 1, 6, 8, 12, 15
  Alla Vasilevistky  June 30, July 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master : Ethan Schmeisser

The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion

English & Hebrew Surtitles
Translation : Israel Ouval

*TOWARDS OPENING -      SAT, 25.6.16, 11:00
** PREMIÈRE - TUE 20:00 28.6.16

To purchase tickets

 

Ticket Price  

 

PREMIÈRE 210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS
SUN-FRI 190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS
SAT   207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS

price: 190-470₪

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