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Live: Saturday, January 16, 2016 (11:55 am)
Encore: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (6 pm)
Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.
With a Prelude Talk by Maestro Ernest Richardson at 11 am on the day of the live broadcast (Saturday, January 16).
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Leïla: Diana Damrau
Nadir: Matthew Polenzani
Zurga: Mariusz Kwiecień
Nourabad: Nicolas Testé
Sung in French; MET titles in English, German, and Spanish