The Pearl Fishers on 9th and 11th of January, 2008 at BMICH

The Pearl Fishers on 9th and 11th of January, 2008 at BMICH

The Pearl Fishers, an opera composed by the French composer Georges Bizet, is a fiery love story set on an island off the coast of Sri Lanka amongst the simple fishing folk. More than 140 years after its composition, The Pearl Fishers is coming back to its country of origin: Sri Lanka.

Produced by The Neemrana Music Foundation, this unique event will gather 150 Sri Lankan-Indo-French singers, musicians and dancers: 25 musicians from Symphonic Orchestra of Sri Lanka and 5 Indian musicians, 12 French Musicians from the Pelleas Orchestra, A chorus of 60 Sri Lankan and Indian singers and 8 Dancers from Sadhya Ballet.
Glorious and evocative, this version is conducted by one of today’s most talented european conductor - Benjamin Levy - accompannied by some highly renowed professionals from all parts of the world :
Producer: Francis Wacziarg
A world-renowned stage director : Patricia Panton (South - Africa)
Conductor: Benjamin Levy who has already received many awards as the Musical revelation (2005)
Conductor’s assistant: Ajit Abeysekera (National Symphonic Orchestra - Sri Lanka)
Choir conductor: Menaka de Fonseka who is a winner of the SAARC Women’s Association award for music in 2002 and the Indian choir by Gabriella Boda Rechner
Stage: Senaka de Silva who is long been renowned for incorporating Sri Lankan cultural, historical and social themes into his creations.
The corean tenor Matteo Lee and the indian baritone Vikrant Subramaniam.

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Synopsis
Bizet’s sensuous and romantic “The Pearl Fishers”, a tale of love, jealousy and redemption, transports you to the land of Ceylon, where ancient gods rule. East meets West when two friends, Nadir and Zurga, both captivated by a young priestess, Leïla, have their loyalties, friendship and promises challenged. The Pearl Fishers conjures up some of the most sensuous and alluring images in opera: the lush and mysterious Sri Lankan landscape, a ruined temple at sunset, pearl divers and an enigmatic veiled beauty. The Pearl Fishers melds passion and exoticism into a spellbinding story.

Sponsors & Partners: Sri Lanka Telecom, Delair Events from Delmage group, Sri Lanka Tourist Board, The High Commission of Sri Lanka in India/ The India Sri Lanka foundation, The French Embassy in Sri Lanka, CulturesFrance in Paris, Lafarge, BMICH Auditorium, Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Media Sponsors: Maharaja Group (4 radio channels and 3 TV channels, including MTV, first private television Network in Sri Lanka in terms of weight and market shares), Wijeya Newspapers, The Galle Literary Festival

Tickets are available @ (Rs. 5000, 3500 & 1500)

Alliance française 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7 (2 69 41 62)

Vibrations, 467, Union Place, Colombo 2 (2672427)

The Gallery Café , 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3 (Tele 2 55 65 63)

Online 19/12/2007

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