A Preview of Florencia en el Amazonas with Ana María Martínez

November 6, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Ana María Martínez as Florencia, center stage, arms outstretched, colorful background.
Ana María Martínez in Houston Grand Opera's 2019 'Florencia en el Amazonas' (Photo: Lynn Lane)

This week, Ana María Martínez is Oliver’s guest. The Puerto Rican soprano is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s cultural ambassador and a champion of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas. The two-act opera — with elements of magical realism in the style of Gabriel García Márquez — is the first Spanish-language work to be presented in Lyric’s mainstage season.


Ana María Martínez offers her preview of Florencia with excerpts from the Houston Grand Opera premiere recording.

Florencia en el Amazonas
Music by Daniel Catán
Libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain
Mark S. Doss, bass-baritone (Riolobo)
Ana María Martínez, soprano (Rosalba)
Suzanne Guzmán, mezzo-soprano (Paula)
Hector Vasquez, baritone (Alvaro)
Oren Gradus, bass (El Capitán)
Patricia Schuman, soprano (Florencia)
Chad Shelton, tenor (Arcadio)

Houston Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Patrick Summers, conductor

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