Peterborough Players Arts on Screen presents ‘Florencia’

Peterborough Players Arts on Screen will present “Florencia en el Amazonas” Dec. 9.

Peterborough Players Arts on Screen will present “Florencia en el Amazonas” Dec. 9. COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 12-07-2023 9:00 AM

Peterborough Players Arts on Screen continues with the Metropolitan Opera presentation of “Florencia en el Amazonas” Saturday, Dec. 9, at 12:55 p.m. at 55 Hadley Road.

“Florencia en el Amazonas” is the third Metropolitan Opera premiere to be presented this season. Mexican composer Daniel Catán and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain’s show, directed by Mary Zimmerman, is the first presentation sung in Spanish and only the third Spanish-language opera ever presented at the Met.

Inspired by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, “Florencia” tells the 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. It is ostensibly the tale of passengers traveling down the Amazon River aboard the steamship El Dorado, but the real drama lies in the psychological journeys that each character undertakes.

Soprano Ailyn Pérez stars as Florencia Grimaldi, leading an ensemble of artists who portray her fellow travelers: soprano Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi, a feuding couple onboard the ship.

Sarah Precourt Catering will offer an Opera Bites lunch at noon or during intermission. Single tickets and ticket packages are available for purchase by calling the box office at 603-924-7585 or visiting peterboroughplayers.org, where descriptions of all Arts on Screen presentations are available.

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