- One ticket to Florida Grand Opera presents The Pearl Fishers
- When: Saturday, February 28, at 7 p.m.
- Where: The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: 5:30 p.m.
- Pre-Opera talk: 6 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $109 for the prime orchestra (up to $225 value)
- $85 for the front orchestra (up to $175 value)
- $39 for the mezzanine (up to $80 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
The Pearl Fishers
Although Nadir and Zurga have been lifelong friends, their bond was almost torn apart when they fell in love with the same woman. But that’s all in the past—or so they think. When the two comrades reconnect to fish for pearls off the coast of ancient Sri Lanka, a devout priestess named Leïla arrives to sing away an oncoming storm. However, she might also be the object of affection from their past, a situation made all the more complicated by Leïla’s sworn chastity. As they return to shore, the trio finds themselves embroiled in a crisis of romance, friendship, and faith.
First produced by the Sarasota Opera, this staging of Bizet’s first dramatic musical captures the world of ancient Sri Lanka through a massive set flourishing with crumbling statues, lush vegetation, and majestic mountaintops. The richness of the physical environment is matched by Bizet’s characteristically warm and emotive music, which conveys the strength of Zurga and Nadir’s bond during their stirring duet, “Au fond du temple saint.” Likewise, Leïla unveils her emotional state in the lament about forbidden love, “Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre.” Sung in French by FGO favorites Philippe Talbot and Corey McKern as Nadir and Zurga, and newcomer Sydney Mancasola as Leïla, this production has projected translations in English and Spanish.
Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera's dedication to the details has kept patrons coming back for more than seven decades. Split between two venues in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, its world-class performances draw in tens of thousands of Florida residents each year. The box office has also logged ticket buyers from 39 states and 31 foreign countries, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC, signaling their reputation's international reach.
As intimidating as grand opera can seem to the uninitiated, the FGO eases introductions with a lively Twitter feed, a candid Facebook wall, and even its own iPhone app, which helps newbies get up to speed on opera's lurid centuries of love, lust, murder, and suicide. The FGO's FAQ page similarly dispels common misconceptions, revealing that you may wear jeans to the opera and that wearing 3D glasses won't actually improve your experience.