Florida Grand Opera Announces 2012-2013 Season

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Florida Grand Opera (FGO) announces its 72nd continuous season of opera. With a classic selection of works as well as the return of company favorites in leading roles, the 2012-2013 productions include: Puccini's La bohème, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Bellini's La sonnambula, and Verdi's La traviata.

La Bohème

The new season begins November 17, 2012, with Puccini's most famous and popular opera, La bohème, last seen at FGO in 2008. Known for its glorious arias and intoxicating melodies, it is a standard in Italian repertoire and one of the most frequently performed operas internationally. The inspiration for the popular musical Rent, this opera follows a group of young bohemians living in Paris in the 1830s, focusing on the love story of Rodolfo, the poet, and Mimì, a seamstress suffering from a life-threatening illness.

SCHEDULE

**Sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected translations**

MIAMI - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House

Nov. 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. – Opening Night;

Nov. 21, 24, 27, & 30, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.;

Dec. 2, 2012, matinee at 2 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE - Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Au-Rene Theater

Dec. 6, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.;

Dec. 8, 2012, at 8 p.m.

CAST

Mimì ...... Ailyn Pérez

Rodolfo ...... Arturo Chacón-Cruz

Musetta ...... Brittany Ann Reneé Robinson ◊

Marcello ...... Mark Walters

Colline ...... Adam Lau ♦

Schaunard ...... Ryan Milstead ♦

Benoît ...... Craig Colcough ◊

Alcindoro ...... Craig Colcough ◊

Conductor ...... Ramon Tebar

Director ...... David Gately

[Full Cast to be Announced]

* = FGO Debut ◊ = Former Young Artist ♦ = Current Young Artist

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

On January 26, 2013, Florida Grand Opera will welcome a new year with the most performed opera in the world – Die Zauberflöte. Mozart's last operatic masterpiece is an allegorical representation of the timeless struggle between good and evil. The handsome prince Tamino is charged by the Queen of the Night with the rescue of her daughter, the lovely Pamina, from the hands of Sarastro. As his quest alongside the bird catcher Papageno nears its end, Tamino begins to realize who the real villain is in this story.

Our hero, Tamino, is sung by Andrew Bidlack, a former FGO Young Artist and recent San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow. He last joined FGO for the 2010-2011 production of Don Giovanni. Former FGO Young Artist Jonathan G. Michie returns home in the part of Papageno. 

Soprano Jeanette Vecchione joins the cast as the Queen of the Night, a role she recently undertook at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in December. In the role of Sarastro is Jordan Bisch. The former Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist made his debut this season with the Dallas Opera as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, which he also performed with FGO in 2010, and returned to the Met as the King in Aida.

FGO Associate Conductor Andrew Bisantz and Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman join forces again, following FGO's most recent Rigoletto. 

SCHEDULE

**Sung in German with English and Spanish projected translations**

MIAMI - Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House

Jan. 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. – Opening Night;

Feb. 1, 5, & 16, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.;

Feb. 10, 2013, matinee at 2 p.m.




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