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The Pearlfishers

25 MAY - 3 JUNE 2017

The Pearlfishers

Experience an exotic tale of jealousy and temptation in Bizet’s The Pearlfishers.

It’s pearl diving season in colonial Ceylon. Old friends Zurga and Nadir reminisce of a woman they both loved but who Nadir secretly pursued years ago. When the racketeer Nourabad brings a beautiful priestess to bless the fishermen, Nadir instantly recognises her – it’s Léïla, the object of his obsession. The pair meet in secret, but know their love is perilous in the face of Zurga’s jealousy and Nourabad’s fanaticism. Can the bonds of friendship withstand love’s temptation?

In the first Queensland performances in 15 years, Opera Queensland presents The Pearlfishers, a soulstirring tale of friendship broken by rivalry. Master storyteller Michael Gow and designer Robert Kemp bring Bizet’s romantic opera to life with vibrant scenes of Ceylon and a stunning score, complete with the world-famous duet, ‘Au fond du temple saint’.

Step into an exotic world of forbidden romance with a star-filled cast led by Australia’s prima diva, Emma Matthews, tenor Aldo Di Toro, baritone Grant Doyle making his OperaQ debut and bass Andrew Collis.


Sung in French with projected English translations. Approximately 2 hours 25 minutes in duration including a 25 minute interval.

This production was commissioned by The Opera Conference, the national partnership of professional opera companies. The Opera Conference acknowledges financial support provided by The Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the NSW Government through Arts NSW; the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; the South Australian Government through Arts SA; and the Western Australian Government through the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.


25, 27 MAY AND 1 JUNE 7.30PM
30 MAY 6.30PM
3 JUNE 1.30PM




Deluxe Reserve: $135 – $185*
A Reserve: $108 – $150*
B Reserve: $81 – $110*
C Reserve: $54 – $75*

Lowest prices indicate mid-week
concession pricing.

*$6.95 transaction fee applies.


Conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak
Director Michael Gow
Set & Costume Designer Robert Kemp
Lighting Designer Matthew Scott
Chorus Director Narelle French
Assistant Director Rachael Edwards
Fight Choreographer Scott Witt


Léïla Emma Matthews
Nadir Aldo Di Toro
Zurga Grant Doyle
Nourabad Andrew Collis

Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra