July 5, 2017

Kingston, Jamaica

Palace Amusement Cinema Circuit

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Palace Cineplex July 9

Can two best friends uphold their promises of not pursuing the woman they both love? Will she, a Hindu priestess keep her vows to forsake love completely? British director and filmmaker Penny Woolcock, explores the enduring themes of love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production of George Bizet’s Opera Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), that vividly depicts the mystical wonder of Southeast Asia.

The assiduous cast is headlined by Diana Damrau -soprano, as Leïla, the beautiful priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her affection.

Les Pêcheurs de Perles is scheduled for this Sunday July 9, 2017, 11:30 am at the Palace Cineplex, in the Sovereign Centre, Liguanea and is the first of four great performances in the Met’s Summer Encore screenings to be shown exclusively at that theatre.

Matthew Polenzani-tenor and Mariusz Kwiecien- baritone, are competing suitors for the attention of the beautiful priestess Leïla. The rivals perform the rapturous duet “Au fond du temple saint,” adored by opera fans worldwide. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda breathes new life into Bizet’s lush score, ably supported by the Met Orchestra which thrills audiences with more than 200 performances each season and the scintillating chorale of 75 to 100 singers of all ages and from a multitude of musical experiences.

Penny Woolcock director made her Met debut in 2008, by directing John Adam’s ‘Doctor Atomic’. She had
established herself as a writer from 1989; since then she has written and or directed seven films. In 2014, she
remarkably refashioned the essence of Georges Bizet’s classical opera, The Pearl Fishers at English National
Opera in London (English translation version), then recreated an original French version at The Metropolitan
Opera in January 2016.

Nicolas Testé as Nourabad in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

Les Pêcheurs de Perles was originally composed in 1863 and premiered at Théâtre Lyrique, Paris. After its opening run, The Pearl Fishers was not performed again until 11 years after Bizet’s death. It was then presented in 1886 in Italian at La Scala followed by regular stagings in European cities. It did not return to Paris until 1889. and made its U.S. premiere in Philadelphia in 1893. In 1896, its first two acts were performed at the Massenet’s one-act opera La Navarraise. In the mid-20th century, it began to enter the opera repertory worldwide.

Set in an unspecified Asian locale during modern times, the opera centers around two friends, Nadir (Matthew
Polenzani) and Zurga (Mariusz Kwiecien), who after a bitter dispute vowed to never let the love of a woman
jeopardize their friendship again. However, when a mysterious priestess arrives to Ceylon, once again, Nadir must choose between the vow he made to his friend or the love of his life. The opera’s melody masterfully captures the range of sentiments from religious ecstasy to exalted friendship to sadness and loss and includes the much celebrated “Au fond du temple saint” duet in Act I.

A scene from Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

Tickets are on sale at the box office –Palace Cineplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with any
major credit card, or a Palace Card.