2010-11 70th Season: The Mysteries of Love
By Giacomo Puccini
The glory and cruelty of ancient China, some of opera’s most famous music, and the thrill of heroic voices create the theatrical experience that every opera lover dreams of. Puccini had an unmistakable melodic gift that enriched some of the world’s most beloved operas, and Turandot, his final opera, represents the culmination of the Italian tradition of Grand Opera.
Photo by Deborah Gray Mitchell
The Ice Princess Turandot challenges the Unknown Prince to answer her three riddles, and he succeeds where so many others have failed. In the famous aria, “Nessun dorma,” he in turn challenges her to learn his name.
This production’s Turandot, Lise Lindstrom, and Calaf, Frank Porretta, thrilled Metropolitan Opera audiences this past season, and local favorite Elizabeth Caballero returns to sing Liù. The conductor of FGO’s recent Lucia di Lammermoor, Ramon Tebar, returns to lead this outstanding cast.
By Jacques Offenbach
Photo by Jeffrey Dunn
One of the best-loved French operas, Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann brings the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann to life. Hoffmann regales his friends in the tavern with the stories of his three past loves while the current object of his desire, Stella, is performing in the opera house nearby. By the time he has told of his romantic defeats with the mechanical doll Olympia, the passionate but doomed singer Antonia, and the Venetian courtesan Giulietta, he is overcome with drink. The opera over, Stella enters the tavern to acclaim, but the stupefied Hoffmann loses his love yet again when his archenemy Lindorf spirits her out the door on his arm.
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Photo by Karin Cooper
Considered by many to be the most perfect opera ever written, Mozart’s Don Giovanni continues to thrill audiences today as it did at its premiere in 1787. Don Giovanni was the second collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte following their success with The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart used the story of the infamous lover, Don Juan, to create one of opera’s most vivid characters and one of the world’s most popular operas.
Following his success at the Metropolitan Opera, David
Pittsinger returns to Florida Grand Opera to sing a favorite
role. He was last seen at FGO as Scarpia in Tosca. Bassbaritone
Tom Corbeil joins the cast as the Don’s servant
Leporello. Andrew Bidlack, who returns as Don Ottavio,
made his FGO debut as Almaviva in the 2009/2010 season’s
The Barber of Seville. Jonathan G. Michie, who first appeared
with FGO in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2010 returns as Masetto,
and Morris Robinson, who was seen in FGO’s 2006 Rigoletto and Aida productions, returns as the Commendatore. The
production will be led by conductor Andrew Bisantz.
By David DiChiera
Photo by John Grigaitis
The story of Cyrano de Bergerac has inspired many interpretations in the theater and on film. Edmond Rostand’s famous play provided the inspiration for composer David DiChiera’s new opera, with a libretto in French by Bernard Uzan. Premiered in 2007, this very romantic opera has received standing ovations from audiences in Detroit and Philadelphia. Cyrano, a nobleman skilled in both sword and pen, has an unsightly large nose. Despite his desperate love for the beautiful Roxane, he agrees to help his younger rival, the handsome Christian, win her heart.
DiChiera wrote the roles of Cyrano and Roxane for baritone
Marian Pop and soprano Leah Partridge, both of whom will
reprise their critically-acclaimed world premiere performances
at FGO. South Florida favorite, Leah Partridge, currently on
the Metropolitan Opera roster, has given FGO audiences many
memorable performances, including those in Lakmé and
La sonnambula. Mark Flint, who orchestrated the opera and led
the world premiere production, will conduct in his FGO debut.
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