Florida Grand Opera’s 68th Season
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As Miami continues its evolution into one of the world’s great cultural cities, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is poised to celebrate its 68th anniversary. Allow yourself to be captivated by FGO’s exciting season. Challenge yourself to experience a performance in one of the world’s finest opera houses. The Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility, and whether you’re an opera novice or a seasoned-pro, there is no better venue to hear a performance. So, don’t wait to take advantage of the best Miami has to offer!
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If you’ve never experienced opera, Florida Grand Opera’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata is a fantastic introduction as it launches the grand opera season on November 15 at Miami’s state-of-the-art Adrianne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The seductive production, based on the Alexandre Dumas play, tells the story of Violetta Valéry, the most captivating courtesan in the Parisian demi-monde. Beautiful, charming and discreet, she fulfills the secret fantasies of Paris’ finest gentlemen but keeps her heart to herself. The show is passionate and intoxicating — just like Miami.
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The exciting season continues in January, 2009 with a tale that is perfect for the entire family! La Cenerentola is Rossini’s beloved opera based on the timeless tale of Cinderella. Though he omitted the pumpkin, glass slipper and fairy godmother, Rossini was true in every other way to everyone’s favorite rags-to-riches classic. This “once upon a time” story is complete with wicked siblings, a quintessential Prince Charming, dazzling music, fairytale-like sets and costumes and, of course, a “happily ever after” ending. Make plans to experience the magic with your kids and grandkids!
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Cultures collide, generations are at war and lovers fall hopelessly in love. You can almost smell the jasmine in this lush vision of Southern India, peopled by mystical princesses, peasants and Brahmins, well-meaning officers of the British Army and even a few gods. Soprano Leah Partridge, an FGO favorite, will return in February for this powerful production of Léo Delibes’ Lakmé. Sharing the role of Lakmé with Ms. Partridge is soprano Evelyn Pollock with celebrated baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson joining the cast as Frederic.
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The Marriage of Figaro
If you’re craving high culture with a Mozart masterpiece, then The Marriage of Figaro is right for you. Considered one of the greatest opera’s ever written, the stunning acoustics of the Adrienne Arsht Center will complement the production wonderfully. Cupid has his hands full getting this madcap wedding party to the church on time. The boss, Count Almaviva, hits on the maid who is engaged to the valet (Figaro) who is pursued by an older woman who is annoyed by a hormonal teen who is obsessed with the boss’s wife – sounds like a typical day on South Beach! Mozart’s delicious comedy of the human heart was a howling success from the onset, and we’re sure you will adore this evening of pure genius and joy.
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The season concludes with Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in April and May. Of all his operatic heroines, Puccini claimed that Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) was his favorite. For American Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, it was a moment of euphoric pleasure. For her it meant a lifetime of love and devotion. Family, fortune and honor – poor Butterfly forsakes them all for the officer who was no gentleman. Chinese soprano Shu-Ying Li and Fort Lauderdale native Adina Aaron make their FGO debuts as Cio-Cio-San, and tenor Arnold Rawls will sing the role of Pinkerton.
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