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Jules Massenet’s dramatic opera Werther is short on action, and its cast of characters limited. But it does have a reputation, however, of being the most French of French operas, and what has gained the 19th century work this reverence isn’t in its storytelling about the lovelorn poet and the woman he can’t have, but in the music.
Expectations: It’s crucial that regular patrons know that Frida is unlike almost any other work previously offered by Florida Grand Opera. The eclectic score, surreal staging, use of microphones and partial nudity shouldn’t deter anyone; just don’t go expecting Rigoletto.
Miami-based, Colombian-born soprano Catalina Cuervo is best known for portraying Maria in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires — more than 50 times. But since 2015, she has been forging a similar bond with iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s 1991 piece Frida which she will play this month for Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera does daring works (we’re looking forward to the upcoming final two of the season, Frida and Werther), but, to satisfy audiences who prefer to see the familiar, there is company’s latest offering The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze de Figaro).
Florida Grand Opera’s presentation of La bohème is authentically true to Puccini’s original right down to the pink bonnet. Besides an impressive visual production, this would still stand because of the incredible matchups of the performers.
Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sidelined plans for growth. Theaters are scrambling to cope with an unexpected 90 percent slash in state funding. But theater champions vow to fight back by organizing patrons and leading citizens to influence lawmakers.
News About Dramaworks’ January festival of readings of works in development, Susan Danis stays at Florida Grand Opera, Infinite Abyss and Island City Stage rename their home Wilton Theater Factory
News: Thinking Cap Beats Bway, Danis Leaves FGO, FIU Fosters Plays, Knight Offers Grants, Costume World Moving, Krasja Now BAA President
News of Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University, Knight Foundation, Broadway Across America and Costume World
Even more unflinchingly romantic than those starving Bohemians in the garret or those Egyptians being buried alive, the unalloyed passion coursing through Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas in its first production at Florida Grand Opera is a pungent pleasure.
The sound coming from the Arsht Center stage is almost unearthly and totally unexpected unless you’ve seen the opera Orfeo ed Euridice or heard the unique sound of a counter-tenor before. The voice that ascends to the heavens emanates from a slight of stature man, but if you close your eyes, his high liquid tremelo could just as easily be coming from a female mezzo-soprano.