The Pearl Fishers at MET Opera 2018



The Pearl Fishers returned to the MET in New York this FAll 2018

MET Pearl Fishers Overture seg 2015 from Andrew Dawson on Vimeo.

The Opera was presented Los Angeles in October/November 2017. LA Opera

“L.A. Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’: Stunning production dives deep into meaning.”

LA Times.


“The opening underwater sequence, of pearl fishers swimming slowly down from the flies, for instance, is unforgettable.” The Guardian

Revived at the end of last year at ENO www.eno.org/fishers

New York MET Opera opened Dec 31st 2015



A short film on how we made the overture.
Director Penny Woolcock

Design Dick Bird

Choreography Andrew Dawson

Opening with a mesmerizing underwater sequence, this is a visually stunning production, set against the backdrop of a shanty town community on an exotic island. Acclaimed film-maker Penny Woolcock returns to ENO to direct this update of her 2010 production of The Pearl Fishers. Her previous forays into opera include her widely-praised staging of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic at ENO and the Metropolitan Opera.

A co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Pearl Fishers is sung  in English | Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including 1 interval)

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Andrew was the movement director on the Guildhall school of music and Dramas European premiere, directed by Stephen Medcalf

Doctor Atomic


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Click the image above to see the full Doctor Atomic Gallery

Dr Atomic

Grammy Award for best Opera Recording (2011)

Metropolitan Opera New York

Director Penny Woolcock

Conductor Alan Gilbert

Design Julian Crouch

Chorography Andrew Dawson

John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece explores a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. Director Penny Woolcock makes her Met debut with this gripping story that changed the course of history. Baritone Gerald Finley, above, plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the title character.

Andrew made his Choreographic Debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York with Dr Atomic in October 2008 The production was also presented at the English National Opera in February 2009.