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Encore showing of 'Pearl Fishers' on Sunday

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A scene from Bizet’s ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’.

There will be an encore of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) this Sunday, showing at Palace Cineplex in Kingston and Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, St James.

The Met: Live in HD continued its 10th anniversary season on Saturday, January 16, with a live transmission of its acclaimed new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. There was an estimated attendance of 104,000 persons in North America, earning a gross of US$2.2 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens.

An estimated additional 125,000 people saw it live on 800 screens in 35 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, and Morocco. Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Dubai, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa, and encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of The Pearl Fishers to more than 280,000.

British director Penny Woolcock's production stars an international cast including German soprano Diana Damrau as Leila, American tenor Matthew Polenzani (Nadir), Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Zurga) and French bass Nicolas Teste as Nourabad.

Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda, the next music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, was on the podium. The live transmission, hosted by Patricia Racette, was directed for cinema by Matthew Diamond.

The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of live transmissions to cinemas around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2,000 cinemas in 70 countries this season and has sold more than 19 million tickets since its inception in 2006.

The Pearl Fishers was the fifth of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. The next live transmission will be Puccini's Turandot on Saturday, January 30. Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sings the title role in Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular production.

Tickets are for sale for The Met Opera's 2015- 16 season at the box offices of participating cinemas and via the web at, with a Palace Card.