Florida Grand Opera presents Lucia di Lammermoor

Jan 23rd through 31st, 2010.

Florida Grand Opera’s 2009-10 Season continues in January with the return of soprano Eglise Gutiérrez in the title role of a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. This bel-canto masterpiece is based on Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, and tells the story of a wedding where celebration turns to horror as the young bride enters in her bloodstained nightgown clutching the knife with which she has killed her new husband. The ensuing mad scene is arguably the most famous in all of opera, and has served as a showcase for the world’s leading coloratura sopranos. This new Florida Grand Opera production is designed by André Barbe, and Directed by Renaud Doucet.

Eglise Gutiérrez’s highly acclaimed performances of Violetta in FGO’s 2008 production of La traviata were a highlight of the season, and she has become internationally recognized as one of the leading upcoming sopranos. The months prior to her FGO appearance as Lucia will find her in productions at Opéra de Montréal, the Savonlinna Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Seattle Opera, and the Dresden Opera. The upcoming Mexican soprano María Alejandres will perform the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor on January 27 and 30, prior to her performances of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Spanish tenor Israel Lozano will join Ms. Gutiérrez in performances as Edgardo. He is a 2003 winner of the Plácido Domingo International Operalia Competition, and has sung leading roles with Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Palm Beach Opera, among others. Mark Panuccio will join Ms. Alejandres as Edgardo for the January 27 and 30 performances. He appears regularly with leading American companies, including the Cincinnati Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Pacific, Utah Festival Opera, Nevada Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Carolina, Portland Summer Opera, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Ramón Tébar, a closely watched young Spanish conductor, will conduct. Maestro Tébar, born in Valencia in 1978, for several years has been the assistant conductor at Palm Beach Opera. He has performed and collaborated with a number of singers, including Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Ileana Cotrubaş and Virginia Zeani. He has conducted symphony orchestras in Spain, Italy, the United States, and Russia and opera performances of Don Pasquale, L’italiana in Algeri, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Madama Butterfly. In December 2009, he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House
January 23rd, 2010 7:00 p.m.
January 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th at 8:00 p.m.
January 31st matinee at 2:00 p.m.

Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

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