Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Music by

Georges Bizet

Mahalia Jackson Theater

New Orleans, LA

Friday January 28, 2011 - 8:00 PM
Sunday January 30, 2011 - 1:00 PM


Leïla  Lisette Oropesa
Nadir  William Burden
Zurga  Liam Bonner
Nourabad  Kenneth Weber


Robert Lyall


Carol Rausch


Set in exotic Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this opera by the composer of Carmen boasts one of the most famous and beautiful duets in the repertoire. Two men renew their vows of friendship, even though both have fallen in love with the same woman. In the end, one man will make the ultimate sacrifice for the other. The production features choreography and dancing of the New Orleans Ballet Theater. 

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans Opera Chorus


N.O. Opera hooks a gem in Bizet's 'Pearl Fishers'

New Orleans-born soprano Lisette Oropesa sang the role of Leila, the priestess at the apex of the love triangle. Audiences will recall her debut with the company a couple of seasons ago as Gilda in “Rigoletto.” Here she has truly found her voice, which has developed beautifully. She has the lightness and flexibility for Bizet’s lines, while also showing an impressive depth and richness, adding layers of color. She also is a charming singing actress, drawing out all she can from the sketchily defined role.

—  Theodore P. Mahne  •  The Times-Picayune

Performance History

Lisette has given 2 performances as Leïla.