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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?

For the first Queensland performance 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.



Paspaley Pearlfishers Competition

Opera Queensland is proud to partner with iconic Australian luxury brand Paspaley.

As pearling pioneers, Paspaley has dedicated over 80 years to the perfect pearl. Today, this family-owned business is the source of the rarest and most valuable pearls in the world. Paspaley inspire women all over the world not only with pearls, which feature exceptional colour and lustre, but also contemporary design and innovative craftsmanship.

For more information about Paspaley, visit www.paspaley.com

Win Australian South Sea keshi pearl earrings from Paspaley. 

Buy a ticket to OperaQ’s The Pearlfishers by Saturday 3 June for your chance to win a pair of Australian South Sea keshi pearl earrings from Paspaley valued at $1,580. Entrants will automatically be entered into the draw by purchasing a ticket to any of our performances at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Simply retain your QTIX booking information for your chance to win.

Competition details will be announced in June’s OnQ newsletter. *Terms and conditions apply.


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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 Graham Abbott
Director Michael Gow
Set & Costume Designer Robert Kemp
Lighting Designer Matthew Scott
Chorus Director Narelle French
Assistant Director Rachael Edwards


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

Opera Queensland Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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.