Leila and Nadir can't wait. They get down with a little Ceylonese love duel.
The Pearl Fishers
by Georges Bizet.
Directed by Andrew Sinclair, conducted by Stewart Robertson. With Lucas Meachem, William Burden, Maureen O'Flynn and Burak Bilgili. Through February 16th at The Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 33312. Call 954-462-0222, or visit www.fgo.org.
But most of the evening's mind-blowing vocalizing comes from tenor William Burden and soprano Maureen O'Flynn. Burden, who plays Nadir, has a lovely, sweet timbre that belies a powerful belt he can call on as needed. Flynn, who plays the priestess Leila, is fresh and supple; she sounds far younger than she is, especially during her tastefully deployed flights of coloratura. O'Flynn, Burden, and baritone Lucas Meachem capitalize on the innocent sexiness of Rhodes' production, and their singing is deeply sympathetic to the idealized, hormonal emotions of their composer. If the story is silly and the songs are sappy, they sell them to you anyway, and make you believe.