Live Review: The Pearl Fishers
Opera in the Park
Supreme Court Gardens WA
Saturday, February 18

A warm breeze sweeps through the Supreme Court Gardens of Western Australia, lifting the excited murmur of the gathering crowd up into the balmy, summer air and over the waters of the Swan River. Armed with picnic blankets, food hampers, fold-out chairs and tables, people of all backgrounds and ages – opera aficionados and amateurs alike – prepare to be delighted by this year’s City of Perth Opera in the Park, with the WA Opera and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s offering is Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, conducted by Brian Castles-Onion and directed by Stuart Maunder. Now having reached its 21st production, Opera in the Park is a unique event on Perth’s cultural calendar, taking place in an outdoor venue in the heart of Perth’s City Centre and giving the people of WA’s capital the opportunity to see an artform (Opera) that may otherwise lie beyond their reach – for free.

Popular though it may be, Opera in the Park makes few creative compromises, staging productions with complete respect for the artistic material – both...

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