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Met Live Opera:
Florencia en el Amazonas
The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is honored to be the home for the Met Live Opera programs for the 2023-2024 season, presented by the Sedona International Film Festival.
The season continues with Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” live via simulcast on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. and the encore presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.
Plan to come early as John Steinbrunner will lead a pre-opera talk one hour before the LIVE production on Saturday.
Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera focuses on an opera diva, Florencia Grimaldi, who returns to her native Brazil to perform and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle.
The Met premiere stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia in a new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mystical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage. The distinguished ensemble of artists portraying the diva’s fellow travelers on the river boat to Manaus features Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium.
Passengers aboard the steamboat El Dorado are traveling to hear Florencia Grimaldi sing at the opera house in Manaus. Florencia is among them, traveling incognito and harboring a burning desire to find her long-lost lover, Cristóbal. The journalist Rosalba accidentally drops her research notes overboard, and Arcadio rescues them. The pair becomes aware of a strong mutual attraction. Paula and Alvaro’s attempt at a romantic dinner dissolves into a bitter quarrel. A violent storm brews outside. Alvaro is swept overboard. The captain is knocked unconscious, and despite Arcadio’s efforts at the helm, the ship runs aground.
Paula mourns the loss of Alvaro, realizing that it was pride that stood between them. Riolobo mysteriously appears to return Alvaro to the ship. Rosalba talks to the incognito Florencia about her research, and during their conversation, Rosalba realizes that she is talking to her heroine. She decides that her own love for Arcadio shouldn’t be suppressed. Paula and Alvaro have also rediscovered their love for each other. El Dorado reaches Manaus, but cholera has struck the town, and the passengers cannot disembark. As Florencia dreams of finding Cristóbal, her spirit drifts towards his in a mystical transformation.
The 2023-2024 Met Live Opera season in Sedona is generously sponsored by Bea Hanks, Chris Fladlien and Jim Dunne. The season is dedicated in loving memory to Marc DuCharme.
The Met Live Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. (live simulcast) with an encore on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. The pre-opera talks will take place one hour before the live Saturday simulcast.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for students. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.