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Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles Blu-ray (Metropolitan Opera)

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, set in Sri Lanka, is known above all for its unforgettable duet for tenor and baritone, but it its score is full of delightful and dramatic music. When recently staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York it proved a major success, both for the production by Penny Woolcock and the musical performance, conducted by Paolo Noseda, with Diana Damrau as the priestess Leïla and, as the two men competing for love, the tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir) and the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga). Woolcock’s concept brought the production up to date, with photographic and video references to the 2004 tsunami, and offered a superb ‘aquatic’ spectacle during the overture: the whole stage appeared to be beneath the Indian Ocean and acrobatic divers ‘swam’ down from the surface (located in the flies of the theatre).

Composer: Georges Bizet
Nadir: Matthew Polenzani
Leïla: Diana Damrau
Zurga: Mariusz Kwiecien 
Nourabad: Nicolas Testé

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Chorus Master: Donald Palumbo
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Production: Penny Woolcock
Set Designer: Dick Bird
Costume Designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting Designer: Jen Schriever
Projection Design: 59 Productions

Picture: 16:9 
Sound: PCM stereo  2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1
Format: bluray
Region code: All Regions
Running Time: 120 mins
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/SP
Year: 2015