July 5, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.