The 2015-2016 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., continues Saturday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. with a new production of Bizet's “Les Pecheurs de Perles.” An encore broadcast has been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m.

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing in the Far East returns to the Met for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint.”

Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score.

“Les Pecheurs de Perles” is sung in French, with English subtitles, and runs just under three hours. Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 19 plus college students with ID (call the box office to purchase tickets at the student price at 594-0070, ext. 3, weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23 and $5. Season ticket packages also are available. For more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, call; visit; or email

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