Meet the Cast: ‘The Pearl Fishers’

An alluring priestess with a mysterious past is pursued by a pair of fishermen who share a brotherly bond. Honor, jealousy, and communal duty complicate the love triangle. A long-buried secret saves the day. This is Georges Bizet’s classic opera, The Pearl Fishers. Let’s meet the cast, shall we?  

The role of Zurga, head fisherman, will be played, depending on date, by Brett Polegato or Keith Phares

Here’s Polegato singing “Dovunque al mondo… Amore o grillo”:

Here’s Keith Phares singing in a production of Elmer Gantry

The role of Nadir, the fisherman, will be played, depending on date, by John Tessier or Anthony Kalil, in his Seattle Opera debut.

Here’s Tessier singing from Salome:

Here’s Kalil singing from La Boheme

The role of Leila, a priestess, will be played, depending on performance, by Maureen McKay or Elizabeth Zharoff.

McKay was in a production of Beethoven’s Fidelio:

Here is Zharoff in a performance of La Traviata:

See you all at McCaw Hall: