Breaking norms. Breaking vows. Breaking free.

Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers

Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 17, 2019

Ferguson Hall

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In a seaside village in the Far East, a veiled priestess wearing a unique yet concealed necklace arrives to bless the pearl divers. But the catch in this story involves much more than pearls — worlds collide as one of the village men realizes the woman behind the veil is none other than Leila, whom both he and his best friend love and swore an eternal oath to never touch again. When he breaks his vow, it will become a matter of life and death that someone sees the necklace Leila wears. From the composer of Carmen comes this lush tale of the High Priestess of Brahma and the two men whose dramatic destinies are bound to their love for her. Filled with ornate, Asian-themed costumes and music sparkling with motifs of Indochinese cymbals and bells (including the male duet “Au fond du temple saint”), The Pearl Fishers is Georges Bizet’s gem of an opera that makes its Straz Center debut this season.

The Pearl Fishers will be sung in French with English translations projected above the stage. Jorge Parodi will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Meet The Artists

Parodi is the music director of the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music and has worked as a conductor at Buenos Aires Lírica (Argentina), The Banff Centre (Canada), Tsaritsynskaya Opera Volgograd (Russia), Encuentros Internacionales de Opera (Mexico), Hofstra University and New York University among others. Hailed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski’s,” (New York Daily News), Parodi has collaborated with such artists as Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors of the caliber of Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel. He returns to the Opera Tampa podium after conducting last season’s The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville.


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 Susan Hellman Spatafora                 Samuel Hall                      Timothy Renner                       Kevin Langan

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