OPERA REVIEW: The Pearl Fishers@ENO

October 20, 2016

This is a production with stunning set pieces, great voices and a fabulously wired chorus. Like the Storm in this production, it washed over me, was enjoyable and nice to hear but didn’t leave me beached, panting at the over whelming thrill of the night, most of the blame for this lack is Bizet’s though as his characters simply don’t connect no matter how fine the singing. If you’re a fan of Bizet’s rich and Rubanesque style then get along and see this production as visually it’s a feast. Over simplified for the purist perhaps, this would also be an easy and assessable opera for the first time visitor, as the clear narrative force supported by the perfectly executed flight of on stage fantasy makes this a very easy to understand production.

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