Joyce El-Khoury & René Barbera Lead Dallas Opera’s ‘The Pearl Fisher’

By Francisco Salazar

The Dallas Opera closes its 2021-22 season with Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.”

The production, from San Diego Opera, will be presented between April 2 and 10, 2022, and will star René Barbera as Nadir, Morris Robinson as Nourabad, Alfredo Daza as Zurga, and Joyce El-Khoury as Leïla.

In a statement, Ian Derrer, Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO said, “The company has not presented this important work in over 40 years, and we’re thrilled to bring Zandra Rhodes’ beautiful production to Dallas audiences. While a mainstay in the repertoire, the piece does present its challenges which we are actively approaching through TDO Connections™, The Dallas Opera’s commitment to explore various themes to tell opera in a respectful and authentic way. We are grateful to start these important conversations and invite you to join us.”

Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor Nicole Paiement will lead the Dallas Opera Orchestra, while Shawna Lucey and James Smith co-direct.