Nov 15, 2011.
Plácido Domingo joins the cast of Federico Moreno Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda, a zarzuela co-production of Florida Grand Opera (FGO) and the SaludArte Foundation, in a special gala performance of the zarzuela that opens FGO’s 2011-2012 season. The tenor is scheduled to sing the leading role of Vidal Hernando for a one-night-only performance for “A Zarzuela Gala” on November 15, 2011.
Throughout his illustrious career, Domingo has done numerous performances with FGO, including Aida in 1972, The Girl of the Golden West in 1979 and Andrea Chénier in 1983. Having last performed in Miami in 1991, his appearance with FGO presents a truly unique opportunity for South Florida audiences. One of the most influential and widely recognized classical singers in history, Domingo’s repertoire encompasses 134 roles and 3,500 career performances.
Luisa Fernanda premiered in Madrid’s Teatro Calderon in 1932 and is considered to be the last great romantic zarzuela. The plot is set during the republican-monarchist conflicts of 1868. The heroine, Luisa Fernanda, finds herself in a love triangle with Javier, a dashing young officer in the Queen’s army, and Vidal Hernando, a flirtatious and wealthy landowner. When the Republicans win the war, Javier’s place on the side of the monarchy lands him in jail, and his disappearance provides a chance for Vidal to win the leading lady’s heart. Just days before the two are to wed, Javier returns, and Luisa Fernanda is forced to choose between them. Not to be missed!
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