The Pearl Fishers

Two friends love the same mysterious woman. Will turmoil follow in her wake?

The life-long friendship of Nadir and Zurga has survived their precarious existence on the treacherous sea-shore. But with the arrival of Leïla, a grave threat to the bond between them is about to be unveiled. Can their friendship survive? Only if one of them is willing to sacrifice all.

A moving tale of friendship tested by love, The Pearl Fishers explores the themes of desire, longing, loss and religious strictures.

Bizet’s early masterpiece is full of colourful orchestration, evocative choruses and beautiful melodies, including its much-loved friendship duet.

Penny Woolcock’s spectacular staging returns to the ENO stage. Set in a Sri Lankan shanty town, the production features impressive designs and a mesmerising underwater paradise.

Conductor Roland Böer leads a cast that includes Claudia Boyle as Leïla, tenor Robert McPherson as Nadir and baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Zurga.

'A grand, gorgeous production'

The Daily Telegraph

Running Time
2hrs 35mins

Running time includes one interval of approximately 20 minutes.

Tickets available from £12 plus booking fee.* There are 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under.

ENO offers half price tickets for children under 16. Please note that under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult and children under five will not be admitted.

Pre performance talk
8 Nov 2016
Tickets £5 (£2.50 for concessions)
Signed Performance
8 Nov 2016
Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

*ENO charges a £1.50 booking fee per ticket, or a maximum of £6 per transaction.


Discover The Pearl Fishers

Creative Team

Roland Böer


Penny Woolcock


Dick Bird

Set Designer

Kevin Pollard

Costume Designer

Jennifer Schriever

Lighting Designer

Andrew Dawson


Fifty-nine productions

Video Design

Martin Fitzpatrick



Claudia Boyle


Robert McPherson


Jacques Imbrailo


James Creswell