Program Notes

Background to The Magic Flute

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

Few composers have made such a pronounced impact on the development of opera as Mozart. Like his older colleague Christoph Gluck (1714-87), Mozart understood that by the mid-18th century the traditions of opera inherited from the baroque had become stale and stilted. By applying many…

When Money Grew on Trees

Posted by Opera Gal in Program Notes

When Money Grew on Trees: The Rubber Boom and the Creation of an Opera House in the Jungle By Rex Fuller, Written for Opera Colorado “Florencia Grimaldi’s brilliant voice will reopen a theater’s dormant lock,” declares Riolobo as the El Dorado departs the docks in…

Lonely Creatures

Posted by Jeff Counts in Program Notes

Daniel Catán once referred to composers as “lonely creatures” and as a member in good standing of that peculiar cohort, he too was willingly doomed to eternal creative seclusion by his craft. Perhaps also like composers who choose to write for the stage, Catán admitted…

Musical Highlights of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Music, Program Notes

I’ve selected some of my favorite musical moments from Florencia en el Amazonas and shared some thoughts and observations about each. The music of Florencia is through-composed for each act, meaning there are rarely endings or pauses between scenes; instead most scenes are linked through…

The Magic of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Program Notes

Magic realism is an artistic style in which real-world events or characters collide with magical or supernatural elements in a natural, possibly even expected way. The term was first used to describe an aesthetic in certain types early twentieth century visual art, but has become…

The Creation of Florencia

Posted by Carol Anderson in Program Notes

The commission of Florencia en el Amazonas grew out of the success of Rappacini’s Daughter, which brought the work of Daniel Catán to the attention of David Gockley, then general director of Houston Grand Opera, a company known for its support and encouragement of new…