"If the purpose of art is to provide reflection, or to get us to slow down and rethink things, [opera can be the art form that does that for our communities]. It tries to find meaning, to make the familiar strange, and the strange somewhat familiar.”
- P. Scott Cunningham, www.omiami.org
Community Conversations brings the opera art form into South Florida communities through thought-provoking, controversial and relevant discussions and performances. Using FGO’s 2013-2014 season as a catalyst, these hour-long events will allow audience members to reflect, rethink and find new meaning in issues that affect South Florida to this day.
Under new leadership, FGO’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and community engagement makes this series a natural expression of the company’s mission to be an indispensable member of the South Florida community.
Check back for the 2013-2014 schedule.
Mourning Becomes Electra
In the fall of 2013, our series will commence with Mourning Becomes Electra by Ft. Lauderdale resident Marvin David Levy. With a living composer in residence, Conversations will feature Maestro levy and the unique perspective of building a new production with the involvement of the composer of the piece. Additional programming will explore the connection between the O’Neill play and the Greek myth of Orestes and how this is realized in the opera.
This conversation addresses Verdi’s Nabucco as a reflection of the Diaspora. Nabucco is truly an allegory for Miami and its diverse, yet connected, communities. Community leaders will tell their stories of exile and the affect it has had on Miami.
“I am woman, hear me ROAR!” Puccini’s Tosca was a woman of the future; talented, passionate, glamorous and strong. Her story of self-conflict with her religion and her desire to love passionately and independently is a story that has followed the “roles of women” through the years . Ultimately, Tosca would not be bound to the role she was to play. This conversation will explore the evolution of women’s roles with love, sex, families, and professions.
We conclude the season of conversations with the debate on religion and relationship. During this hour we will explore the ongoing question that faces today’s Catholic Church and the theme of our final production of Massenet’s Thais.
Nova Southeastern University Lifelong Learning Institute
FGO believes that opera education should be available to all students, regardless of not only social and economic status, but also of age. Partnering with Nova Southeastern, FGO will present five educational lectures on the upcoming season, which include information on plot, characters, background, and musicological concepts.
The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a longstanding Institution at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Founded in 1977 as the Institute for Retired Professionals and renamed the Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006, the LLI serves the lifelong learning interests and needs of the mature adult and retirement community in Broward County. The LLI, which is a component of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, is located on NSU's Davie campus. The LLI was founded to complete the NSU dream of education spanning a whole lifetime, from preschool to older-adult learning.
Please visit the NSU website for more information