Pearls from the Met

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — J.M.K.

Santa Fe’s opera lovers will re­mem­ber Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de per­les (The Pearl Fish­ers) from our home­town com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of 2012. This un­de­ni­ably lovely work has been get­ting greater play in re­cent decades, and this sea­son the Metropoli­tan Opera is of­fer­ing it for the first time since Caruso sang it there a cen­tury ago. The Met lacks the match­less back­drop of the sun go­ing down over the Je­mez Moun­tains, but we imag­ine they will get by some­how. Lo­cal view­ers can catch it as a Met: Live in HD simul­cast at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Jan. 16, with a re-screen­ing that evening at 6 p.m. Tick­ets ($22-$28 in the morn­ing, all seats $22 for the evening) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or by vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org. So­prano Diana Dam­rau ap­pears as the priest­ess Leïla, tenor Matthew Polen­zani por­trays Nadir, and a singer fa­mil­iar from our home stage takes the role of Zurga: bari­tone Mar­iusz Kwiecien´ , who has starred here as Don Gio­vanni (2004), Count Al­ma­viva in Le nozze di Figaro (2008), and King Roger (2012). The con­duc­tor is Gianan­drea Nose­dra, who just last week was named mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Diana Dam­rau

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