The Pearl Fishers | Lyric Opera House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Todd Rosenberg

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017
Price: $20-$299
This lavishly colored, cartoonlike production, designed by Zandra Rhodes, is a perfect fit for George Bizet’s 1863 fantasy opera The Pearl Fishers, with its very pretty music and piece-of-crap—er, ridiculously contrived—libretto. Set in an exoticized Ceylon, it’s the story of two young friends who fall in love with the same beautiful virgin. One wins her heart; the other ascends to power; vows of chastity and loyalty are, of course, broken, amid some klutzy dance episodes. Never mind that: Lyric Opera’s terrific cast of singers includes the felicitous pairing of soprano Marina Rebeka and tenor Matthew Polenzani as the lovers and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (who sounded fine in the opening show in spite of an intermission announcement that he was performing though ill) as the jealous third wheel. Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera orchestra and chorus. —Deanna Isaacs



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