Behind the Scenes: On the set of Bizet's Pearl Fishers, at Opera San Jose.
Behind the Scenes: On the set of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, at Opera San Jose.

Bollywood meets Indiana Jones in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at our very own Loni Stark in the audition of a lifetime.

Watch as she rehearses for her grand operatic debut at the California Theatre, descending a dramatic stair case, admist vines in a scene that could very well have been taken right out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Opera San Jose’s Richard Harrell, formerly of Julliard and SF Opera, directs Loni as she unveils her face to the world. But will everyone fall to their knees in admiration?

A forbidden love. A friendship tested. Georges Bizet’s exotic romance, The Pearl Fishers — now playing at Opera San Jose — comes to life for the first time on the California Theatre stage. Set on the tropical island of ancient Ceylon, two fishermen vow eternal friendship, but the desire for a mysterious woman from their past ignites a jealous rivalry. A mesmerizing tale of love and sacrifice, Bizet’s musical gem overflows with lush melodies, haunting arias, and the beloved duet, Au fond du temple saint.

WATCH: Behind the Scenes at Bizet’s Pearl Fishers

Watch soon for the full episode coming soon on Stark Insider TV.

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.