Vancouver Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Pearl Fishers’

By David Salazar

Vancouver Opera has announced a cast change for its upcoming production of “The Pearl Fishers.”

The opera announced that Aaron Blake will be joining the cast in the role of Nadir, replacing Long Long who was originally cast. Blake performs alongside Phillip Addis, Miriam Khalil, and Vartan Gabrielian. Kamna Gupta conducts the production. Rachel Peake directs.

“Our original singer portraying the role of Nadir is unable to join us for this production and we have cast American tenor Aaron Blake as Long Long’s replacement,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director, in an official press statement. “It is thrilling for our company to bring together this wonderful cast and creative team for our first full-scale production of the season. We have seen tremendous interest from audiences so far this season.”

Blake is a 2017 George London Foundation Award winner who has performed with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Jurusalem Opera, and Opéra de Montréal, among many others.

“The Pearl Fishers” opens on Oct. 22, 2022.