Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas

December 9, 2023, 12:00 pm

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Ailyn Pérez stands spellbound in front of a model boat as the title character of 'Florencia en el Amazonas'
Ailyn Pérez in the title role of Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas (Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus—and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The Met premiere stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to lead a spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage.

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