Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers from Washington National Opera
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Featured review from Leslie Weisman
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Not perfect, but I'd like to see it retained in the repertoire. Beautifully sung overall, richly designed (the KC is said to sell knick-knacks modeled on the exotic, vibrantly colored decor and costumes), with some truly lovely music. If you're not into complete suspension of disbelief, don't go. But if you want a wholly "operatic" experience -- with all that implies -- from a rarely heard piece, this is the place to go.
Join Washington National Opera for Georges Bizet’s exotic feast for the eyes and ears. The prayers of the virgin priestess Leïla (Norah Amsellem) protect the fishermen of ancient Ceylon until Chief Zurga (Trevor Scheunemann) jealously condemns her and Nadir (Charles Castronovo) to death. When Zurga realizes that Leïla is the woman who once saved his life, he makes the ultimate sacrifice for their freedom and happiness. Acclaimed Italian conductor Giuseppe Grazioli makes his WNO debut.
In French with English supertitles.