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Live Music

Utah Opera: The Pearl Fishers

When: Sat., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Mon., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. 2015

It's an opera that's new to Utah, but features a story as old as time: Two best friends fall for the same woman and things get sticky. Ever heard of that one before? Oh, yeah, and did I mention that one of the guys is a ruler who has the power to kill the other two, and he's not in a particularly good mood about being in a love triangle? French composer Georges Bizet penned the music at the young age of 18, showing the promise that would eventually be fulfilled with Carmen some years later. Set to a libretto by Eugene Cormon and Michel Carre, The Pearl Fishers was not particularly well received when it premiered in Paris in 1863. Like any good classical composer, Bizet died young, and the opera didn't become a hit until well after he was dead. Even Carmen didn't catch on until after he was gone. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon—the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka since 1972—The Pearl Fishers is full of boats, fishermen, a temple, a tent, a special necklace and a funeral pyre that may or may not get used. (No spoilers here.) Utah Opera is presenting The Pearl Fishers for the first time, and the opera will open Saturday night, Jan. 17, at the Capitol Theatre, and then plays on alternating nights through the following Sunday, Jan. 25, when a matinee concludes the run. (Geoff Griffin)

Price: $10-$95