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The Pearlfishers at Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

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A treat for the eyes and ears
Bizet's opera The Pearlfishers is taking the stage at The Arts Centre Melbourne from now until May 28, 2016.

The Pearlfishers is a colourful story of loyalty between two friends which turns into a mixture of romance, temptation, conflict, jealousy and turmoil. It's a compelling and vivid story which takes place with a backdrop of colour, amazing costumes (courtesy of the talented Robert Kemp) and of course some seriously talented performers including Emma Matthews, Dmitry Korchak and José Carbó.

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Bizet's The Pearlfishers is on now at The Arts Centre Melbourne until May 28. Image: Opera Australia

Bizet's romantic opera is set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, and tells the story of a love triangle between two friends and a woman who has taken a sacred and chaste vow as a priestess. Beyond this, it's also a story of the gruesome and harsh pearl fishing trade.

Classic opera lovers are certain to enjoy this production and the sheer depth of colour in the staging and costumes is a thing of beauty. Conducted by Guillaume Tourniaire, 'Au fond du temple saint' is one of opera's most beautiful and most recognised duets, about the power of friendship and if it sounds familiar, it's because
it was used to very dramatic effect in Peter Weir's film Gallipoli.

Have a listen here:

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Why? See Bizet's classic and tragic love story
When: Evenings, 7:30pm with a 1pm matinee on May 28
Phone: 1300 182 183
Where: The Arts Centre Melboure
Cost: varies
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