Menotti’s “Consul,” Puccini and Mozart favorites on tap in FGO’s 2014-15 season
Florida Grand Opera will serve up Mozart and Puccini favorites in its 2014-15 season alongside an exotic French opera and the local premiere of an acclaimed American work.
“I am pleased to present a season that will elucidate a lesser-known masterpiece, bring the drama of a great 20th-century work to our stage, and present timeless classics in a new way,” said Susan T. Danis, FGO general director.
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul will be heard in its South Florida premiere, opening May 9, 2015. Written in 1950 at the height of the Cold War, the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera concerns a family of dissidents who become entangled in bureaucratic red tape as they try to escape an authoritarian government.
Despite the somber storyline, Menotti’s opera is replete with moments of breakout lyricism including Magda’s soaring Act 2 aria, “To this we’ve come.”
Danis says she thinks the scenario of a police state bureaucracy and its tragic effect on a family “will resonate with many different communities of South Florida.” Mounting Menotti’s opera, she adds, “continues our commitment to the presentation of 20th- and 21st-century works.”
The season will open November 15 with Puccini’s beloved tear-jerker, Madama Butterfly. Mozart’s mate-swapping comedy, Cosi fan tutte, will follow, starting January 24.
Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, with its love triangle set in a sea village in Ceylon, will be presented beginning February 28, in the acclaimed Sarasota Opera production.
All casting and other production details are to be announced at a later date.
The Tristan und Isolde announced for this season and then rescheduled for next season has now been put off indefinitely, says Danis, due to the expense involved, which is more than the company can currently afford.
“Unfortunately we are not able to present Tristan and Isolde this year, “ she said. “The Wagnerians and I am truly disappointed. But at this time FGO cannot harbor the resources to afford the proper orchestra time and great singers.”
Danis says she is still hoping to present Wagner’s epic love story in a future season with the aid of financial support from a “rabid Wagnerian in South Florida to help us make it happen.”
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