Florencia en el Amazonas
Daniel Catán's recent opera, loosely inspired by Love in the Time of Cholera, has returned to Houston Grand Opera for its 2001 season. A delightful and beautiful work, I heartily recommend it for all enthusiasts of opera and García Márquez alike. I will provide some information below, with links to the HGO site and links to Macondo's review of the music.

Dates
April 28, 2001
May 2, 2001
May 4, 2001
May 6, 2001
May 8, 2001
May 11, 2001
May 14, 2001

Cast
Patricia Schuman, Florencia
Mark S. Doss, Riolobo
Ana Maria Martinez, Rosalba
Chad Shelton, Arcadio
Suzanna Guzmán, Paula
Hector Vasquez, Alvaro
Oren Gradus, Capitan

Production
Patrick Summers, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director
Robert Israel, Set Designer
Catherine Zuber, Costume Designer
Paul Pyant, Lighting Designer

Sung in Spanish with English Surtitles
A co-production of Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Colombia, and Seattle Opera, in association with Opera de Bellas Arts and Festival Internacional Cervantino

Links

Onsite

Macondo Music: Daniel Catán -- Macondo's section on the composer, Daniel Catán.

Macondo's Florencia Review -- Macondo's synopsis and review of Florencia en el Amazonas.

Offsite

HGO Florencia Page -- The Houston Grand Opera's Web site contains information on the opera, and details on how to order tickets.

Boosey & Hawkes maintains a current section on Daniel Catán, where you can order the scores to his music and read performance reviews. Just go to their page and select "Catan, Daniel" from the composer list.

Adventure in Opera -- A preview and description of Florencia from the Seattle Times, March 15, 1998.

Into Uncharted Waters -- From the LA Times Calendar, this is a very informative article about Daniel Catán and Florencia.

A Savvy but Sketchy Florencia -- From the LA Times Calendar, this is a lukewarm review of the LA production of Florencia.

"A Sparkling Jewel" -- A very positive review by Paul Berenson, classical radio announcer at KDB and Web-based opera critic.


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30 March 2001