Merola Opera Program to Present Latin American Evening

By Francisco Salazar

Merola Opera Program is set to present an evening of Latin American and Spanish composers in the Schwabacher Summer Concert.

The concerts will be presented on July 14 and 16 and will see operatic scenes by composers Daniel Catán, Manuel de Falla, Osvaldo Golijov, and Amadeo Vives. Featuring a full orchestra, the Schwabacher Summer Concert will be conducted by  Jorge Parodi, General and Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica.

There will be selections from Manuel de Falla’s “La vida breve” and scenes from Act two of Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas,” the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major American opera company.

The evening will also see selections from Amadeo Vives’s “Doña Francisquita,” which is considered a classic of the zarzuela genre. Rounding out the program are selections from “Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears),” the first opera by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, with libretto by American playwright David Henry Hwang.