Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Welcome Reincarnation of Daniel Catán's "Florencia en el Amazonas"

Kelley Hollis (Florencia) Isaac Bray (Riolobo)
What a joy to hear not only the great news that Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas is scheduled for the 2014-15 season of the LA Opera, but also to find the work brought to life in this performance at Boston University! This remains one of my favorite of Daniel's operas. It always sends a shiver down my spine, prompted not only by the gorgeous vocal writing, but also by the stunning orchestration. When I interviewed him in 2006, he was demoralized by the fact Florencia had seen performances in only three American opera houses, and was only then (2006) getting its first European staging. ¡Qué lástima Daniel is not here to enjoy his continued success! He passed away suddenly in 2011, at the age of 62.

           -James Baker-

Florencia en el Amazonas+ Second Cast » The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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