FGO announces a varied lineup for company’s 80th season

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Andre Previn’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” will open Florida Grand Opera’s season in January 2022. Photo: Hawaii Opera Theater

Florida Grand Opera will return to a full season of live performances in the 2021-22 season with four productions including two American works.

“The celebration of an 80th Anniversary season is an accomplishment for any company and in this case, an opportunity for South Florida and the opera industry to celebrate the history of our company,” said general director and CEO  Susan T. Danis in a released statement.

The season leads off with Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opening January 22, 2022 and running through February 5. Previn’s opera is based upon Tennessee Williams’ celebrated drama depicting the conflict between fading Southern belle Blanche du Bois and her brutish brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Elizabeth Caballero as Blanche with Steven LaBrie as Kowalski and Rebecca Krynski Cox as Stella. Gregory Buchalter conducts and performances are at the Arsht Center and the Broward Center.

Verdi’s Rigoletto fell victim to FGO’s Covid-cancelled original 2020-21 season, but will return March 12 and running through April 2 at the Arsht and Broward Centers. Todd Thomas portrays the haunted title jester with Sharleen Joynt as the ill-fated Gilda, Mario Chang as the Duke and Pacien Mazzagatti conducting.

Also resurrected from last season’s FGO cancellations is Fellow Travelers. Gregory Spears’ opera concerns two gay Washington officials caught up in the “Lavender Scare” during the McCarthy era of the 1950’s. Premiered by Cincinnati Opera in 2016, Fellow Travelers has been widely performed since, including in Chicago in 2018. Andres Acosta and Haleigh Adams star as Timothy McLaughlin and Hawkins Fuller, respectively. Emily Senturia is the conductor and all four performances will take place at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.

FGO’s season will close with a rare excursion into the Baroque with Handel’s Agrippina (May 14-19). Christine Lyons is the mercurial title figure with countertenor Key’mon Murrah as Ottone and Flora Wall as Poppea. All four performances will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple.

Subscriptions are now available at fgo.org or by calling 800-741-1010. Subscribers enjoy a 15% discount through August 16. Single tickets go on sale October 4. 

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