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Victorian Opera presents

The Pearl Fishers

Semi-staged concert


22 April, 2021 | 7.30pm
Gates open: 6pm

$66 - $360 ($46.85 - $90 per guest)
+ $9.35 Service Fee per order

See full pricing breakdown below

The Pearl Fishers

Balmy sea breezes carry the perfume of French romanticism.

Old friends Zurga and Nadir are reunited and vow to never again let love for a woman threaten their brotherhood. When a mysterious priestess arrives in the fishing village, their bonds of friendship are tested.

Exoticism was all the rage in 19th century Europe. Bizet tapped into this trend, transporting his audiences to the island of Ceylon. This opera established his reputation in the Parisian music world at only 24. Ten years later would come Carmen.

The famous 'The Pearl Fishers' Duet' ('Au fond du temple saint') is one of opera’s greatest hits. It was even used in the film Gallipoli. But there’s more to this opera. A treasure trove of music and lyricism awaits to be uncovered.

Pack your picnic and dive into a soul-stirring night in the tropics.

Sung in French with English surtitles.


Composer - Georges Bizet
Librettists - Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré
Conductor - Richard Mills
Director - Elizabeth Hill-Cooper
Orchestra - Orchestra Victoria


Leïla - Kathryn Radcliffe
Nadir - Carlos E. Bárcenas
Zurga - Stephen Marsh
Nourabad - Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Victorian Opera Chorus

Price range
Each order incurs a $9.35 Service Fee

There are 3 ticket categories for Live at the Bowl. Each option reserves a designated area for a group of people and must be booked in one transaction. You are welcome to book a group ticket for fewer guests than specified, however you will receive and pay for all seats within the designated area.

Private Decks

Lawn Deck for up to 6 guests: $281 - $360 ($46.85 - $60 per guest)
Terrace Deck for up to 4 guests: $187.50 - $240 ($46.85 - $60 per guest)

Stalls Tables

Table for up to 2 guests: $132 - $180 ($66 – $90 per guest)
Table for up to 4 guests: $188 - $360 ($47 - $90 per guest)


Seat for 1 guest: $66
Seats for up to 2 guests: $132 ($66 per guest)

Ticket categories

So how does it work? Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been transformed into a socially distanced COVIDSafe space. Find out more information about each of the ticket options available.


Age restrictions: This event is all ages, however guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Babies under 24 months do not need a ticket.

Running time: 2 hours, plus interval

Warning: This show contains flashing lights.

COVIDSafe Venue: Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been transformed into a socially distanced COVIDSafe space. For more information visit our Staying Safe page →


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