Bizet - Les Pecheurs de perles (DVD)
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Cat No: 9029589361
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 13th January 2017
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
“Ms. Woolcock’s updating of ‘The Pearl Fishers’ works beautifully … Mr. Kwiecien is an ideal Zurga. Singing with burnished sound and lyrical richness, he looks like a natural leader, handsome, confident and something of an operator. … Mr. Polenzani makes a poignantly believable Nadir … [In the duet] their ardent, soaring performance, supported by the glowing playing Mr. Noseda drew from the orchestra, brought fresh urgency to the familiar music … Mr. Polenzani sang [his] haunting aria of remembrance with wondrous lyrical tenderness while conveying the music’s gently swaying gait. And if you think it’s impossible for a tenor to cap phrases of a dreamy aria with melting, pianissimo high notes, report to the Met to hear Mr. Polenzani demonstrate how this is done superlatively … Ms. Damrau brings brilliant coloratura agility, radiant sound and charisma galore to the role of Leila … Mr. Noseda conducts as if every moment of the music matters deeply.” - New York Times
- Leïla: Diana Damrau
- Nadir: Matthew Polenzani
- Zurga: Mariusz Kwiecień
- Nourabad: Nicolas Testé
Stage director: Penny Woolcock
Set designer: Dick Bird
Costume designer: Kevin Pollard
Lighting design: Jen Schriever
Projection design: 59 Productions
Movement direction: Andrew Dawson
Running time: 120 min.
Sung in French, with subtitles available in FR, GE, EN, SP
Stereo PCM 2.0 / Dolby Digital 5.1, NTSC – All regions – 16:9
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