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Preview: The Metropolitan Opera presents Daniel Catán's "Florencia en el Amazonas"

Florencia en el Amazonas
The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera's radio broadcast season begins with Daniel Catán's "Florencia en el Amazonas." 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 an opera diva who returns to her native South America to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus—and to search for her
lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle.

This performance stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Music Director 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.

I've teamed up with Joshua Borths, Resident Scholar for Virginia Opera and each week he'll give some insight to the opera that will be presented on the Saturday matinee broadcast. You can hear his previews on my "Afternoon Classical" show each Friday afternoon just before 5pm.

Click HERE for the Met's 2023-24 Saturday matinee broadcast season schedule. Tune in to hear "Florencia en el Amazonas" Saturday afternoon, December 9th at 1pm on VPM Music, 93.1 and 107.3 FM in central Virginia and streaming online here at!

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music