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Opera San José Awarded Grant From National Endowment for the Arts for ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


Opera San José has been awarded $22,000 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Grants for Arts Projects. The grant will support diverse audience access and opportunities for the Bay Area premiere of “Florencia en el Amazonas” presented by Opera San José.  The company will put the funds from the grant towards the South Bay company’s community outreach {…}


Marlen Nahhas Leads ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ at Opera San José


Opera San José will conclude its 40th Anniversary season with the Bay Area premiere of Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The opera, which was co-commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Seattle Opera and which recently made its Metropolitan Opera premiere, will be performed at the California Theatre as Opera San José’s first Spanish-language opera. The opera {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Florencia en el Amazonas


The Spanish language is pretty preponderant in the United States of America with a recent census stating that over 42 million people in the country aged five and older speak the language at home. It’s the second most learned language following English, with over 8 million students. And yet, it took until 2023 for the Metropolitan Opera to finally, and {…}


‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ to Make HD Debut at the Metropolitan Opera


The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023–24 Live in HD season will continue with Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The opera will be performed on Dec. 9 and will be the first Spanish-language opera to be featured on the company’s HD series. Mexican-American soprano Ailyn Pérez leads the cast alongside soprano Gabriella Reyes, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, baritone Mattia Olivieri, tenor Mario Chang, {…}


Music of the Americas to Celebrate ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


(Image: Jennifer Taylor / Met Opera) Music of the Americas is set to celebrate Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” on Nov. 28, 2023 at Americas Society in New York. The evening, which kicks off at 7 p.m. local time, will feature a conversation with João MacDowell, the artistic director of the International Brazilian Opera Company, followed by performances by {…}


Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its opening night performance of “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The company said, “For tonight’s performance, the role of the Captain will be sung by David Pittsinger, replacing Greer Grimsley.” Pittsinger made his Met debut in 2017 as Le Bret in “Cyrano de Bergerac. The bass has performed the role of the {…}


Q & A: Nancy Fabiola Herrera on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas,’ Zarzuela & the Importance of Bringing Opera to the Hispanic Community


(Credit: Joaquín Fuentes) In 2005, Nancy Fabiola Herrera made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly.” Since then she has been a frequent presence at the Met singing works by Verdi, Strauss, and Bizet, among others. She has also made an important career in Spain where she has delved into dramatic operas and also made a career singing {…}


Q & A: Soprano Ailyn Pérez on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ & the Importance of Spanish-Language Opera


(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera) On Nov. 16, the Metropolitan Opera will make history by presenting only the third Spanish-language opera in the company’s trajectory. Additionally, the work in question, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” will be the very first Latin American opera presented by the company. For the massive milestone, the company brought together a mixed cast that includes {…}


Palacio de Bellas Artes to Present New Production of ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


The Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico is set to present a new production of “Florencia en el Amazonas” this October. This represents the first time that the opera is staged in a production at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Following the works premiere in Houston in 1996, audiences in Mexico were able to hear a performance of the work {…}