Wie gewohnt mit Werbung lesen
Nutzen Sie Berliner Boersenzeitung mit personalisierter Werbung, Werbetracking, Nutzungsanalyse und externen Multimedia-Inhalten. Details zu Cookies und Verarbeitungszwecken sowie zu Ihrer jederzeitigen Widerrufsmöglichkeit finden Sie unten, im Cookie-Manager sowie in unserer Datenschutzerklärung.Deutsch
Read as usual with advertising
Lea como siempre con publicidad
Utilizar Berliner Boersenzeitung con publicidad personalizada, seguimiento de anuncios, análisis de uso y contenido multimedia externo. Los detalles sobre las cookies y los propósitos de procesamiento, así como su opción de revocación en cualquier momento, se pueden encontrar a continuación, en el gestor de cookies, así como en nuestra política de privacidad.Español
Lire comme d'habitude avec de la publicité
Utilisez le Berliner Boersenzeitung avec des publicités personnalisées, un suivi publicitaire, une analyse de l'utilisation et des contenus multimédias externes. Vous trouverez des détails sur les cookies et les objectifs de traitement ainsi que sur votre possibilité de révocation à tout moment ci-dessous, dans le gestionnaire de cookies ainsi que dans notre déclaration de protection des données.Français
Ler como de costume com publicidade
Utilizar o Berliner Boersenzeitung com publicidade personalizada, rastreio de anúncios, análise de utilização e conteúdo multimédia externo. Detalhes sobre cookies e fins de processamento, bem como a sua opção de revogação em qualquer altura, podem ser encontrados abaixo, no Gestor de Cookies, bem como na nossa Política de Privacidade.Português
For the first time in nearly a century, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City will stage a performance in Spanish on Thursday, as the company works to expand its appeal to wider audiences.
"Florencia en el Amazonas" is a magical realist telling of an opera diva's journey to South America to find her long lost lover, a butterfly hunter who disappeared in the jungle.
The protagonist Florencia Grimaldi -- played by soprano Aylin Perez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants -- boards a steamboat in the early 20th century en route to Manaus, home of the legendary opera in the heart of Brazil's Amazon.
"It's wonderful to have a new work that people don't know as well," said director Mary Zimmerman of the opera that premiered in 1996 in Houston.
In an interview with AFP, Zimmerman said that opera-goers tend to prioritize the classics: "Opera loves its traditions."
But even if "people like that to visit the old friend," she said, "they should make new friends too."
The opera composed by Mexico's Daniel Catan, his third, was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera.
Its libretto is by Marcela Fuentes-Berain, who also is Mexican, and studied with the beloved pioneer of magical realism, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The opera is relatively new but has elements of romanticism, Zimmerman said.
"It's melodic, it's lush, it sounds like Puccini," she said.
The opera also centers on the eternal dilemma of career versus love, with three types of women setting sail on the "El Dorado" ship, amid a set of abundant vegetation and rich fauna.
Along with the diva who has achieved fame but sacrificed love, there is Rosalba, a journalist writing a biography of the opera star and who does not want love to divert her path, and a woman embroiled in a spat with her lover.
But a violent storm upends the ship -- and with it the once staunch principles of its passengers.
- 'Dream come true' -
Latinos are well represented among the cast: Along with the star Perez, Gabriella Reyes, the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants, plays Rosalba.
Spanish mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang also have roles, while Riccardo Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Buenos Aires, designed the sets.
"Everyone feels the warmth of Latin America," says Reyes, who as a student chose an aria from "Florencia" for her graduation exam.
"The orchestra had to order the scores because they didn't already have them," she says with amusement.
"But it's thanks to this aria, and this piece, that I have my career," she told AFP.
Reyes says it's the second time she's played Rosalba, but it's still "a dream come true."
"Singing with Latinos in Spanish comes from my soul in a different way than when I sing in Italian," she says.
- 'Urgent and profound' -
"Florencia" is the third opera in Spanish that the Met has produced over its long and storied history.
In 1926, the Met staged "La vida breve" by Manuel de Falla, 10 years after it produced "Goyescas," from the Spanish composer Enrique Granados.
Catan's opera is one of several new features at the Met, which for several years has been aiming to reach younger, more diverse audiences.
It kicked off its season with "Dead Man Walking," an operatic adaptation of the acclaimed book by the nun Helen Prejean about her relationship with a death row inmate whose execution she witnessed.
And earlier this month was the Met premiere of "The Life and Times of Malcolm X," a mesmerizing musical biography of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated in 1965.
These operas "deserve to stand alongside the masterpieces of centuries past," said the Met's director, Peter Gelb.
"They have urgent and profound things to say to us about the world we live in today."