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The Pearl Fishers

Sail away to the island of Sri Lanka for a sweet and sonorous romance from the great Georges Bizet (Carmen). A beautiful priestess with a mysterious past is pursued by a pair of strapping fishermen who happen to be the best of friends. Honor, jealousy, and communal duty jeopardize the lovers’ burgeoning bond with the threat of death at dawn; but they are freed from their fate by the revelation of a long-buried secret. This tuneful treat is a simple love story decorated with delicious melodies, vivid nocturnes, rhythmic dances, and a plethora of lusty choruses.

In French with English Captions
Approximate Running Time:
2 hours and 50 minutes, with 2 intermissions
at McCaw Hall


Sights and Sounds

Video Preview

Watch this preview video which includes musical examples, beautiful costumes, and elaborate dancing. The gorgeous music of Pearl Fishers is written by the same composer of the popular opera, Carmen.

Sights and Sounds

Director's Talk

Sometimes people know Bizet's Pearl Fishers a little bit less than his Carmen. But when they hear it, they are intrigued and captured by it.

Sights and Sounds

Speight’s Corner:
The Pearl Fishers

General Director Speight Jenkins talks with Education Director Perry Lorenzo about The Pearl Fishers. Watch as they highlight the singers and music of this opera.


A Visual Tour

Kay Castaldo directs her own lush and lovely production that "sizzles with sensuality" (Philadelphia Inquirer). Peggy Hickey’s choreography adds to the exotic feel.


About the Cast

Two singers make their Seattle Opera debuts as the exotic priestess Leïla: Mary Dunleavy and Russian Larissa Yudina. William Burden returns as Nadir.

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