The Met: Live in HD to Broadcast Opera Les PĂȘcheurs de Perles at the Quick Center

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 14, 2015) — The Met: Live in HD season continues with Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) written by 19th century French composer Georges Bizet and directed by Penny Woolcock. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will broadcast the production with two HD screenings on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. (live) & 6 p.m. (encore). There will be a 12:15pm pre-broadcast talk with Jeffrey Johnson a professor and music director for the University of Bridgeport

Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $5 for children/ students (including Fairfield University students). For tickets, visit or call the box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

For the first time since Enrico Caruso starred in the opera in 1916, the Met will present Bizet’s lush, lyrical and melodic romance in a production by Woolcock, who made her Met debut when staging John Adams’s Doctor Atomic. The opera takes place in an exotic Far East land with a mythical and romantic aura, and explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts a cast led by Diana Damrau as the beautiful priestess Leïla. Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien sing the roles of Nadir and Zurga, the two pearl fishers whose friendship is tested by their rivalry for Leïla’s affections; their “Au fond du temple saint” is one of the best-known duets in opera. Nicolas Testé sings the high priest Nourabad in the new production. This opera is not performed frequently and thus is not one to miss.

The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, and is still providing world-class entertainment to its audiences. HD broadcasts of stage performances captured live at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Theatre allow people to experience these wonderful works without ever having to enter the city. As one of the preeminent theatres in NYC, The Met offers a wide array of classic operas for the enjoyment of its patrons. Join us at The Quick Center for a front-row seat to the Met stage!


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Posted on December 21, 2015

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