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Pearl Diving And Desire On Stage At NC Opera

Georges Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” is an opera that pits the dynamics of a love triangle against the union of brotherhood. The opera, set in historic Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, features one of the most famous duets in opera history. The North Carolina Opera presents their interpretation of “The Pearl Fishers,” an opera that was only popularized long after Bizet’s death.

Pearl Diving And Desire On Stage At NC Opera
Tenor John Bellemer, baritone Jarrett Ott, and pianist Sahar Nouri perform Georges Bizet’s "The Pearl Fishers Duet".

Host Frank Stasio previews the opera with tenor John Bellemer, baritone Jarrett Ott, and North Carolina Opera General Director Eric Mitchko. Sahar Nouri accompanies the performers on piano live in studio. “The Pearl Fishers” is on stage Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium. 

Laura Pellicer is a digital producer with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.