Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers at San Diego Opera




Photos: © Ken Howard / courtesy of San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera's new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (presented in February 2004) is going places, and it's easy to see why. The dazzingly fanciful stage sets and costumes by famed flamboyant British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, in the second success of her blooming new career, give vibrant new life to Bizet's "other opera" - maligned for its feeble plot (of the conflict that arises when two friends fall in love with the same girl) but beloved for its music (which is among the sweetest and most melodious in the repertoire). Rousing performances by a cast that included some of today's most promising young singers (the fast-rising soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian as Leila, tenor Michael Schade as Nadir, and baritone Russell Braun as Zurga in the lead roles), the artfully energetic choreography of John Malashock, and the superb conducting by Karen Keltner all contributed to the work's success.

The production will be staged by co-producer, Michigan Opera in June 2004 and travels to New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Kentucky Opera in future seasons.

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A sampling of Zandra Rhodes' exotic costume designs/ photos courtesy: San Diego Opera
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