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MET Opera Live in HD – Florencia en El Amazonas

Author: Clasart Classic

09 DEC 2023: MET Live in HD season 2023/2024 opens with Daniel Catán’s magical opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin – live in cinemas on 9 December

  • Ailyn Pérez in the title role of Daniel Catán's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS | Copyright: © Ken Howard / Met Opera

    Ailyn Pérez in the title role of Daniel Catán's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS © Ken Howard / Met Opera

Sung in Spanish, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus – and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. Fluidity – of time, place, emotion, and even of identity – is at the core of Florencia en El Amazonas. It is ostensibly the tale of passengers traveling down the Amazon River aboard a steamship; the real drama, though, lies in the psychological journeys that each character undertakes. The libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain, is an original story rich in allusion to other tales that skirt the border between drama and fantasy. Fuentes-Berain was a student of Gabriel García Márquez, whose style of magical informs the plot.

Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi is the uncontested star in this production: “wistful, tender and sincere” (The New York Times). Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the irresistible score, which is often compared to Puccini, featuring lush orchestration, soaring vocal lines, and sweeping musical evocations of the natural world. The spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage and to the movie screens.

The live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning LIVE IN HD series, presented in Germany and Austria by Clasart Classic.

Production Company The Metropolitan Opera
Stage Director Mary Zimmermann
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Composer Daniel Catán
Libretto Marcela Fuentes-Berain
Soloist Ailyn Pérez
Soloist Mattia Olivieri
Soloist Gabriella Reyes

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