"The Pearl Fishers"

Broward Center

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In a Nutshell

Two pearl fishermen, who have been friends since childhood, find their bonds are tested when they both fall in love with a holy priestess

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Promotional value expires Mar 12, 2015. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on 3/12 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at the venue. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase under one name to sit together. Discount reflects Florida Grand Opera's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open at 6:15 pm. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Must be 6 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to Florida Grand Opera presents The Pearl Fishers
  • When: Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Broward Center
  • Door time: 6:15 p.m.
  • Pre-Opera talk: 6:30 pm
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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The Pearl Fishers

General Director Susan Danis and star Sydney Mancasola discuss this production of 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.

Customer Reviews

Great production! Loved it.
Elsa Z. · June 24, 2016
Very much enjoyed!
Elsa Z. · June 24, 2016
If you sit anywhere in the lovely setting is a great view and wonderful acoustics but if you are above tier 2 I would highly recommend you bring binoculars so you can truly appreciate the beautiful costumes and staging. I LOVE FGO!!
Pilar V. · February 3, 2016

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