The Pearl Fishers

2023thu04may7:30 pmThe Pearl FishersPresented by Austin Opera

Austin Opera The Pearl Fishers


(Thursday) 7:30 pm(GMT-05:00)


Dell Hall

701 W. Riverside Dr.

Event Details

Bizet’s luscious opera, The Pearl Fishers will bring to Austin the beauty of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in this heart-rending struggle to the death between friendship and love. In the instantly recognizable duet, “Au fond du temple saint,” best friends Zurga and Nadir swear that their friendship will never again be challenged by the love of a woman. Of course, as with all good foreshadowing, the arrival of a veiled and anonymous priestess does exactly that.

As the men each realize that the priestess is in fact Leïla, the woman they both once loved and fought over, the triangles at play in the opera are not simply between the three main characters. A battle also ensues between friendship, love, and vows made in faith, and as secrets are revealed and vows are broken, love can only be won through sacrifice. But who must ultimately lose everything to allow the others to find love and happiness?

Vowing friendship and vying for love will be two Austin newcomers. Baritone, Will Liverman, who will play Zurga, recently received enormous acclaim for his performance as Charles in the Metropolitan Opera’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Zurga’s best friend and love rival, Nadir, will be sung by internationally-renowned tenor and San Antonio-native, David Portillo. The priestess, Leïla, will be performed by soprano, Madison Leonard, who sang Gilda in Austin Opera’s Rigoletto in 2019 and who will have most recently played Chrisann Brennan in Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs in early 2022.


What To Expect

  • This is an indoor event.
  • All patrons, regardless of age, require a ticket to attend the performance.
  • Prohibited items include but are not limited to: Outside food or drinks, weapons of any kind including pocket knives, Professional cameras (cameras with detachable lenses), Video cameras, illegal or illicit items of any kind, tents, vending of any kind and soliciting of any kind.
  • Animals and pets are not permitted except for properly identified service animals.

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