This is the first production of a work by Georges Bizet to be staged by the Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera. However, it was not the world-renowned Carmen that director Yuri Alexandrov chose for the company’s first effort, but rather the less famous but equally brilliant Les pêcheurs de perles.
“The Pearl Fishers” was the first opera that the young composer was commissioned to write by the Théâtre Lyrique, the main theatre of the French capital in the middle of the 19th century. It took Bizet only a few months to write the work. After the premiere, Hector Berlioz wrote that the score of the opera "contains a lot of fine expressive moments, full of fire and rich colour". Les pêcheurs de perles fascinates the audience with its melodic richness and dramatic expressiveness.
It is these properties of the musical score, as well as his passion for staging opera rarities, that attracted Alexandrov, who is known for his extraordinary interpretations of opera plots.