Surrey Opera


The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet

Conducted and Directed by Jonathan Butcher

Assistant Director Alistair Lindsey-Renton


The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
Mon 2nd - Fri 6th September 2002 at 8p.m. with Matinées 4th and 6th at 2p.m.
Box office: 01736 810181 open Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm, Sat - Sun 9.30a.m. - 5.30p.m.

Tickets £5.50 and £7.00, Children (under 16) half price with 10% discount for parties of 8 or more

Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
Thu 19th - Sat 21th September 2002 at 7.30p.m.
Box office: 020 8688 9291 open Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm

Tickets: Thursday and Friday £10.00 £12.00 & £14.00, Saturday £12.00 £14.00 & £16.00 with concessions

Chequer Mead, East Grinstead
Fri 27th - Sun 29th September 2002 at 7.30p.m.
Box office: 01342 302000 open Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm

Tickets: Friday £13.50, Saturday and Sunday £15.50 with concessions


Leila Bethany Halliday/Zoe Milton-Brown
Nadir Randy Nichol/Robert Watson
Zurga Tim Baldwin/Tim Hicks
Nourabad Paul Bray

For its third visit to Minack, Surrey Opera is delighted to present an exciting new (but traditional) production of Bizet's popular opera sung in English.

A tale of love, jealousy and redemption, The Pearl Fishers will transport you to an exotic land where the ancient gods still rule. Bizet's atmospheric score plunges the listener into the story from the very first note.

In a fishing village in ancient Ceylon, two men reaffirm their friendship (in the famous duet "Within the sacred temple") after rivalry for the same woman has almost destroyed them both. But then she comes back into their lives. Betrayal and desire are the rules, turning friend against friend, pushing them all towards a terrifying climax of violence and desire.

Surrey Opera is renowned both locally and nationally for the high standard of its productions. The combination of experienced principal singers and a dedicated amateur chorus gives the performances an excitement and spontaneity not always seen on the professional stage. Standards are kept consistently high by the Artistic Director, Jonathan Butcher, by an excellent orchestra and by young producers from the professional companies.

With its dramatic seashore background, temples and storms, The Pearl Fishers could have been tailor-made for Minack. It will be performed with full chorus and orchestra.

Don't miss this opportunity of seeing opera performed in a perfect setting!

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