Metropolitan Opera: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Airs Saturday, January 16, 12 p.m. The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been seen at the Met in nearly a century. The opera, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, tells the story of two friends, pearl divers who are both in love with a beautiful Hindu priestess. Highlights of the score include the famous duet for the two men, “Au fond du temple saint.” Soprano Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nadir and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, with bass-baritone Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad. Les Pêcheurs de Perles will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 16.