The Ahmadi Music Group opera organized the production of the fantastical story, ‘The Pearl Fishers’ on 15, 16, and 17 April at the Salmiya Theatre. The Pearl Fishers tells the compelling story of how a friendship between two men was tested by the love of the same woman, and their life-and-death struggle with friendship, love, and betrayal.
The story is set in a village in erstwhile Ceylon where pearl fishers play an integral part in the economy of the village. A priestess has been bought to protect the village with song and prayers, but she turns out to be the lost love of both leading men of the village who had decided to forget her as a sign of their friendship.
The revival of Georges Bizet’s famous opera at the Salmiya Theatre received a great reception. With rich tones and vocal amplitude, the actors fulfilled audience expectations of a good night at the opera. Actors conveyed their characters emotions and feelings, and showed a conviction to their parts.
Conflict of passions in the story added tension to the drama, and the variety of human feelings such as friendship, desire, longing and loss was wonderfully translated on stage. Visuals and the setting were simple, but the muscular playing of the orchestra contributed to the vibrancy and tempo of the play. It was also complimented by some fine chorus singing.
In addition to the strong musical and acting bounty, dancers added to the attractive setting with their authentic dances. The stage was dominated by lovely saris, smartly dressed men and brightly clad dancing girls, there was color and movement found everywhere on stage. Under the thoughtful direction of Richard Bushman, each aspect came together for a fantastic finale. The finale signaled another successful ending for the cast, singers and dancers, and met enthusiastic approval by the audience.