Nashville Opera Wins NEA Grant for ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’

By Francisco Salazar

The Nashville Opera has announced the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the company a grant in support of the 2024 production of Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.”

The company said, “This grant will allow us to build new bridges to historically marginalized communities through outreach programming designed to promote understanding of Latine/Latinx culture. ”

Nashville Opera CEO & Artistic Director John Hoomes adds, “Nashville Opera presented ‘Florencia’ in 2015 before taking this production to Lincoln Center for its New York City premiere in conjunction with New York City Opera. I have hoped to stage this work again to share its beauty with new Nashville Opera audiences and the NEA’s support makes this a reality. Music City is a diverse, vibrant community and we are thrilled to bring this work back.”

The company is set to present the work in January with a cast that includes Elizabeth Caballero, Evelyn Saavedra, Sandra Eddy, Won Whi Choi, Mark Whatley, Luis Orozco, and Ricardo Lugo. Dean Williamson conducts the opera in a production by John Hoomes.