Florencia en el Amazonas

November 13. 2021 - November 28. 2021

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November 13. 2021 - November 28. 2021

Lyric Premiere & New-to-Chicago Production Florencia en el Amazonas


Lyric’s first Spanish-language work to be presented as part of the mainstage opera season, this story about a glamorous diva on a life-changing adventure on the Amazon is suffused by the entrancing allure of magical realism. Florencia Grimaldi, a renowned diva, is engaged to perform at the opera house of Manaus, Brazil. Traveling there by boat, she’s consumed by longing for her long-lost lover, who she hopes will be awaiting her. Florencia and her fellow passengers are all intensely memorable characters, and they’re illuminated by the magnificent, sumptuous romantic music created by a true musical genius — Mexico’s finest opera composer, Daniel Catán.

  • Language: Sung in Spanish with projected English texts
  • Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes with 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

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Florencia en el Amazonas

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. & Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.

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Florencia en el Amazonas Commentary by Eddie Arruza

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Meet the artists

* Lyric debut
** Ryan Opera Center alumnus

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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.

Production photos: Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera