Florida Grand Opera La Rondine and Rigoletto
Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is kicking off the new year with two of the most beloved Italian composers of all time. It begins on January 21, 2012, with the opening of the companyâ€™s first production of Pucciniâ€™s La rondine, and continues with Verdiâ€™s widely popular tragedy, Rigoletto.
January 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. â€“ Opening Night;
January 24, 27, February 1 & 4, 2012 at 8 p.m.;
January 29, 2012, matinee at 2 p.m.
Miami: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Sanford & Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House
Starring local, Cuban soprano Elizabeth Caballero, Florida Grand Opera presents the South Florida premiere of this rarely performed Puccini opera â€“ La rondine. It is the story of a kept woman who leaves her luxurious life to pursue true love. In the end, the hardships of reality force her to leave the man she loves and, like to bird to the nest, return to her former life.
The production is sung in Italian with projected translations in Spanish and English.
January 28, 2012, at 7 p.m. â€“ Opening Night;
January 31, February 3, 8 & 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.;
February 5, 2012, matinee at 2 p.m.
Miami â—™ Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Sanford & Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House
February 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.;
February 18, 2012, at 8 p.m.
Fort Lauderdale â—™ Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Au-Rene Theater
One of the worldâ€™s most loved operas, Verdiâ€™s Rigoletto features the infectious and widely-known aria â€œLa Donna e Mobileâ€ sung by Metropolitan Opera star Michael Fabiano alongside Mark Walters in the role of Rigoletto. This twisted tale of lust and revenge tells of a philandering Duke who pursues all the women in his court while Rigoletto, his hunchback jester, mocks the husbands in open court. When Rigolettoâ€™s daughter falls victim, his plan to seek revenge and kill the Duke ends in a disastrous twist of fate.
Subscriptions for the 2011-2012 season start at only $32. FGOâ€™s Box Office is located at the Doral Center on 8390 NW 25 St., Doral, FL 33122 and is open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Mondays through Fridays during the season for in-person and phone requests. The Box Office can be reached at (800) 741-1010. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.FGO.org.
Florida Grand Opera was formed in June 1994 by the merger of Greater Miami Opera, founded in 1941, and The Opera Guild Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, founded in 1945. Celebrating its 71th year of continuous performances during the 2011-2012 season, Florida Grand Opera stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. In addition to producing standard repertoire, Florida Grand Opera also presents lesser known operas, as well as commissions and produces new operas â€“ all productions featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. Annually, main stage performances are attended by nearly 70,000 people, and education and outreach programs serve over 20,000 members of the community. FGO offers several highly successful outreach and educational programs, including its internationally-recognized Young Artist Studio.
Florida Grand Opera, recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America.
American Airlines is the Official Airline, Intercontinental Miami is the Official Hotel and Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera.