Opera meets reality show in this intelligent, cuttingedge production starring John Osborn and Dmitry Korchak

This other great title by the composer of Carmen takes us from ancient Sri Lanka to a 21st-century reality show while encapsulating the fascination of the Far East. It returns to the Liceu in a brilliant production by the young stage director Lotte de Beer. Les pêcheurs de perles centers on a love triangle in a religious setting. This version makes an unquestionably modern reinterpretation of the plot while respecting the inherent subtext. The chorus is always present, symbolizing the transition from tolerance to violence in the ethereal atmosphere conjured up by George Bizet's distinctive and delicate yet exuberant score.

Les pêcheurs de perles

Opera in three acts. Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. World premiere: 30/09/1863 at the Théâtre-Lyrique in Paris. First Barcelona performance: 29/10/1887 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 13/12/1964. Number of Liceu performances: 41.

Artistic profile

Yves Abel
Stage director
Lotte de Beer
Set desig
Marouscha Levy
Jorine van Beek
Alex Brok
Finn Ross
Theater an der Wien
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Chorus director
Conxita Garcia


LeilaEkaterina Bakanova13th,16th,19th,22th,24th May
Olga Kulchynska14th,17th,20th,23th,25th May
NadirJohn Osborn13th,16th,19th,22th,24th May
Dmitry Korchak14th,17th,20th,23th,25th May
ZurgaMichael Adams13th,16th,19th,22th,24th May
Borja Quiza14th,17th,20th,23th,25th May
NourabadFernando Radó13th,16th,17th,19th,20th,22th,23th,25th May
Federico De Michelis14th,24th May


May 2019

13Monday20:00Turn AFee 5
14Tuesday20:00Turn PAFee 6
16Thursday20:00Turn BFee 4
17Friday20:00Turn PCFee 4
19Sunday17:00Turn TFee 4
20Monday20:00Turn HFee 6
22Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 5
23Thursday20:00Turn PEFee 5
24Friday20:00Turn EADFee 4
25Saturday20:00Turn CFee 4

Approximate running time 2h 30m


Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.