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Syracuse Opera Presents The Pearl Fishers

April 8, 2011

Syracuse Opera

Catherine Wolff

General & Artistic Director


Syracuse Opera Presents
The Pearl Fishers

(Syracuse, N.Y., April 8, 2011) -

The Pearl Fishers
Friday, April 8, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.
Crouse-Hinds Theater, John H. Mulroy Civic Center

From the creator of Carmen, Syracuse Opera presents Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers in the Crouse-Hinds Theater of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse on Friday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. This is grand opera at its grandest, with breathtaking costumes and sets that will fill the Crouse-Hinds stage, large chorus, dancers and some of the most exciting young singers in the opera world today.

When two men fall for the same woman, even the most rock-solid relationship can crumble. The mysterious coast of Ceylon is the setting for Georges Bizet's enchanting opera, The Pearl Fishers. The tragic tale of childhood friends Zurga and Nadir features soaring melodies, powerful choruses, and one of the most beautiful duets ever written, "Au fond du temple saint." The unexpected return of Leïla, a long-lost beauty from their past, leads to rekindled passions, heated disputes, and a fiery climax. Exotic sets and costumes, provided by Opera Carolina, were originally designed for Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile.

The Pearl Fishers features Janinah Burnett+ (Leïla), Corey McKern+ (Zurga), Brian Stucki+ (Nadir), Mathew Treviño+ (Nourabad), Douglas Kinney Frost (Conductor), Marc Astafan (Stage Director), Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell+ (Choreographer), Aisha Mitchell+ (Co-Choreographer), Syracuse Opera Chorus, Musicians of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

The Pearl Fishers, Syracuse Opera, Dancers
(click for hi-res image)

The dancers, pictured above from left to right are Sudha Raj+, (Guest Performer, Consultant, and Master Teacher in Bharatanatyam), Ashley Green+, Corcoran High School, Caroline Charles+, Jamesville DeWitt High School, Rebecca Lillich+, Manlius Pebble Hill, Margaret M. Moreno+, Corcoran High School, Molly Linhorst+, Syracuse University, and Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell+ (Choreographer). One final dancer, missing from the photo, is Minakshi Raj+, Syracuse University.

This production is dedicated to the late Mark J. Wright for his invaluable service to Syracuse Opera by introducing us to Sudha Raj, Guest Performer, Consultant and Master Teacher in Bharatanatyam.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased by calling (315) 476-7372 or by ordering online at www.SyracuseOpera.com.

About Syracuse Opera
Now in its 36th year, Syracuse Opera enriches the lives of the people of upstate New York through locally produced opera, the one all-inclusive art form that celebrates the beauty of the human singing voice energized through the spectacle of live theater. Offering three mainstage productions each season and year-round community performances and education programs, Syracuse Opera is a professional company reaching over 60,000 people annually. For more information, please visit www.SyracuseOpera.com or call (315) 475-5915.

+ = Syracuse Opera debut



Joe Stabb
Director of Communication
O: (315) 475-5915
C: (315) 886-9544


Media Resources:

Plot Synopsis & Poster

The Pearl Fishers Plot Synopsis
(PDF - 56 KB)

The Pearl Fishers - Syracuse Opera - Poster
(PDF - 397 KB)

Music Samples

Au fond du Temple Saint
Famous Duet
Featuring John Aler, Gino Quilco, and Michel Plasson, Conductor
(MP3 - 12.3 MB)

Act II - Finale
Featuring Barbara Hendricks, John Aler, Gino Quilco, Jean-Philippe Courtis, and Michel Plasson, Conductor
(MP3 - 26.3 MB)

(Music © 1989 EMI Classics)

Images from Dress Rehearsal

The Pearl Fishers, Syracuse Opera

The Pearl Fishers, Syracuse Opera

The Pearl Fishers, Syracuse Opera

Click the image to download a hi-res version.

(©2011 Douglas Wonders)


Principal Cast:

            Burnett - Syracuse Opera  Brian Stucki -
            Syracuse Opera  Corey McKern -
            Syracuse Opera  Mathew
            Travino - Syracuse Opera

Douglas Kinney Frost, Syracuse Opera  Marc Astafan,
            Syracuse Opera  Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell,
            Syracuse Opera

Click a photo for their biographies. High-Resolution headshots can be available upon request.


Images of the Set:

The Pearl Fishers - Syracuse Opera - Set 1  The Pearl Fishers - Syracuse Opera - Set 2  The Pearl Fishers - Syracuse Opera - Set 3  The Pearl Fishers - Syracuse Opera - Set 4

Click an image to download a high resolution version.

Images © Opera Carolina

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Major Sponsors: The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and Community Bank, N.A.
Production Sponsor: Bond, Schoeneck, & King, PLLC
Media sponsors of The Pearl Fishers include Clear Channel Radio, The Post-Standard, Syracuse.com, and WCNY-TV and Classic FM.

Syracuse Opera productions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco; and, through a grant from the Trust for Cultural Resources of the County of Onondaga.

Syracuse Opera is a member of OPERA America, the Arts & Culture Leadership Alliance of CNY, and the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association.

Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement