Florencia en el Amazonas opens Saturday, November 13

November 13-28, 2021

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CHICAGO (11/12/21)—Join Lyric Opera of Chicago on a journey down the Amazon with the company premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas, the first Spanish-language work to be presented as part of Lyric's mainstage season. The opera's lush music was composed by the late Daniel Catán, who has been hailed as Mexico's finest composer. Marcela Fuentes-Berain penned the opera's libretto, suffusing it with the trademark magical realism of her mentor, the novelist Gabriel García Márquez. Conductor Jordan de Souza makes his Lyric debut leading the Lyric Opera Orchestra in interpreting Catán's dreamlike score. Acclaimed director Francesca Zambello revisits her world-premiere production with members of her original creative team alongside new talents, creating a fresh take on this contemporary classic especially for Chicago audiences.

Audience favorite Ana María Martínez returns to Lyric for her 11th mainstage role as the passionate and hopeful Florencia. Also starring Gabriella Reyes in her Lyric debut as Rosalba, Deborah Nansteel as Paula, Mario Rojas as Arcadio, Levi Hernandez as Álvaro, Ethan Vincent in his Lyric debut as Riolobo, and Raymond Aceto as the Captain.

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Performance dates for Florencia en el Amazonas are November 13, 18, 21, 26, and 28 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. Performance times vary.

For tickets and information, call 312.827.5600 or go to lyricopera.org/florencia.

Florencia en el Amazonas is performed in Spanish with projected English texts. Running time is 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission.

Lyric's premiere of Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas is generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor and Marion A. Cameron-Gray.

Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Lyric’s premiere of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas is generously made possible by

Anonymous Donor

Marion A. Cameron-Gray

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

Original production from Houston Grand Opera.

An opera in two acts with music by Daniel Catán and libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain.

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