It’s pearl diving season in colonial Ceylon. Old friends Zurga and Nadir reminisce of a woman they both loved but who Nadir secretly pursued years ago. When the racketeer Nourabad brings a beautiful priestess to bless the fishermen, Nadir instantly recognises her – it’s Léïla, the object of his obsession. The pair meet in secret, but know their love is perilous in the face of Zurga’s jealousy and Nourabad’s fanaticism. Can the bonds of friendship withstand love’s temptation?
In the first Queensland performances in 15 years, Opera Queensland presents The Pearlfishers, a soul-stirring tale of friendship broken by rivalry.
Master storyteller Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp bring Bizet’s romantic opera to life with vibrant scenes of Ceylon and a stunning score, complete with the world-famous duet, Au fond du temple saint.
Step into an exotic world of forbidden romance with a star-filled cast led by Australia’s prima diva, Emma Matthews, tenor Aldo Di Toro, baritone Grant Doyle making his OperaQ debut and bass Andrew Collis.