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Les Pêcheurs de perles

FC Bergman

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In directing Les Pêcheurs de perles, FC Bergman are venturing into opera for the first time. A must-see opera debut!

Les Pêcheurs de perles, Bizet's first great attempt to write a dramatic lyrical drama is a hidden gem, often overshadowed by Carmen. But all that will surely change in the hands of the stand-out theatre collective FC Bergman. They immerse the story about the transience of love and friendship in a fascinating world. A must-see opera debut!

Practically all that has remained of Les Pêcheurs de perles in the collective memory is the beautiful duet Au fond du temple saint, while the view of the libretto as questionable hackwork has kept the opera from the stage. This operatic tale of pearls and fishermen has, in a sense, itself lain hidden within its shell. And wrongly so, because behind the intense, at times sentimental story and superficial exotic flourishes, there is a strikingly modern theme: nostalgia for the purity of youth. 

In directing Les Pêcheurs de perles, FC Bergman are venturing into opera for the first time. They mingle a hard realism with a mysterious, dreamlike atmosphere, a highly suitable combination for an opera that, in both the music and the story, connects a bygone age with the immediacy of the now. With this production, the Belgian conductor David Reiland will also be making his debut at Opera Vlaanderen.

Credits

by

  • Georges Bizet

libretto

  • Eugène Cormon
  • Michel Carré

music director

  • David Reiland

concept, regie, decor, kostuums en belichting

  • FC Bergman

costume

  • Judith Van Herck

dramaturgy

  • Luc Joosten

vocals

  • Elena Tsallagova
  • Charles Workman
  • Boris Statsenko
  • e.a.

chorus lead

  • Jan Schweiger

execution

  • Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
  • Koor Opera Vlaanderen

production

  • Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

coproduction

  • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • L'Opéra de Lille

All data

  1. Sunday 16 December 2018 — 15U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  2. Tuesday 18 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  3. Friday 21 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  4. Sunday 23 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  5. Thursday 27 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  6. Saturday 29 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  7. Monday 31 December 2018 — 19U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp
  8. Saturday 12 January 2019 — 20U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  9. Tuesday 15 January 2019 — 20U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  10. Friday 18 January 2019 — 20U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  11. Sunday 20 January 2019 — 15U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  12. Tuesday 22 January 2019 — 20U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  13. Thursday 24 January 2019 — 20U00 — Opera Gent, Gent
  14. Wednesday 8 May 2019 — 20U00 — Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  15. Friday 10 May 2019 — 20U00 — Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  1. Friday 14 December 2018 — 20U00 — Opera Antwerpen, Antwerp

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