Miami Lyric Opera to expand, move to downtown Gusman

By David Fleshler

Miami Lyric Opera will perform some of next year’s productions at the ornate Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, a restored silent movie palace in downtown Miami.

The seven-year-old opera company, which often offers inspired productions considering its tiny budget, currently performs in the pitless Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, where a couple dozen orchestra players have to be crammed between the stage and the audience. The Gusman auditorium – not to be confused with the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall – has a large orchestra pit that will allow for a decent-size ensemble.

The company begins productions at the new venue in April, with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Also scheduled are Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Rossini’s Barber of Seville. The company will continue to perform at the Colony Theatre, with performances this season of Puccini’s Tosca, as well as Butterfly and Lucia di Lammermoor.

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