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.
Runtime 2 hr. 55 min.
Opened January 16th, 2016
Cast Gianandrea Noseda, Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, Nicolas Testé
Directed By Penny Woolcock
Written By Georges Bizet, Engene Cormon, Michel Carre