Alexandra Loutsion & Nathan Gunn Lead Pittsburgh Opera Premiere Of ‘Florencia En El Amazonas’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Matthew Staver)

Pittsburgh Opera is set to continue its 81st season with its first-ever Spanish-language opera, Daniel Catán and Marcela Fuentes-Berain’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.”

The acclaimed work is inspired by the magic realism of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel García Márquez and his novels “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” will feature a production by Jose Maria Condemi with Stephanie Havey directing the production.

The opera will star Alexandra Loutsion in the title role, Natasha Wilson, Craig Verm, Andres Acosta, Nathan Gunn, Sandra Piques Eddy, and Brian Kontes with Antony Walker conducting.

“Florencia en el Amazonas” has gained lots of attention since its world premiere in 1996 in Houston which was the first Spanish-language opera by a Mexican composer commissioned by major United States opera houses. The work has since appeared at the LA Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Washington National Opera, Nashville Opera, Arizona Opera, New York City Opera, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Performances are scheduled to open on Nov. 9 and run through Nov. 17, 2019.