Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music, Opera Institute, and School of Theatre present Florencia en el Amazonas

in CFA, Music, Opera
January 13th, 2014

Daniel Catán’s opera about love, redemption, and transformation, February 20-23

Boston, MA – Boston University College of Fine Arts presents Florencia en el Amazonas, the second opera composed by Daniel Catán. Produced by BU School of Music, Opera Institute, and School of Theatre, the production runs February 20-23, 2013 at the Boston University Theatre.

Composed by Daniel Catán
Libretto by Marcela Fuentes‐Berain
William Lumpkin, Conductor
Nic Muni, Stage Director

A work of great beauty and power, Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas is the composer’s second opera. Loosely inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, the opera follows the story of Florencia Grimaldi, an aging opera singer who embarks upon a steamboat journey down the Amazon River. As the journey progresses, the boat is beset by pink rain, foul waters, and the threat of a cholera epidemic. As Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the jungle, they experience various revelations, until finally the diva’s spirit is transformed into a vast, emerald butterfly.

Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Thursday, February 20, 7:30pm
Friday, February 21, 7:30pm
Saturday, February 22, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 23, 2pm

“While rooted in the operatic tradition of Puccini, Catán’s opera evokes the exotic world of the Amazon jungle where Florencia has come to face her past and her future,” explains William Lumpkin, conductor of the production and Artistic Director of Boston University Opera Institute.

Boston University College of Fine Arts soprano, Katrina Galka, playing the role of “Rosalba” in Florencia en el Amazonas, was recently awarded Second Place Winner 2014 in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Boston University is hosting two special guests in the days preceding the performances. Andrea Puente, the widow of Daniel Catán, and Marcela Fuentes-Berain, the librettist for the opera, arrive to Boston University on Monday, February 17. Puente and Fuentes-Berain will host a discussion about Catán and his opera on Wednesday, February 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm at the Opera Institute, 808 Commonwealth Avenue.

Sung in Spanish with English supertitles, Florencia en el Amazonas is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. The 2013–2014 initiative, focusing on the KEYWORD: Transformation, will explore profound shift and change in individuals and society through a series of performances and events that tap into diverse perspectives, and create dialogue that inspires humanity and breeds critical thinking that leads to solutions.

Tickets now on sale: $20 general admission; $15 BU Alumni, WGBH members, Huntington Subscribers, senior citizens; $10 CFA Membership; $5 Students with valid ID; two free tickets with BU ID at the door, subject to availability.
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