New Opera Season Begins

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Nov. 7 is the Ft. Lauderdale premiere of the new season of the Florida Grand Opera.


This is your opportunity to see Mourning Becomes Electra, the opera that is “widely regarded as one of the greatest American operas” and was picked by the Miami Herald as the #1 Classical Music event to see this season in South Florida! Mourning Becomes Electra is the story of the Mannon family, set in post Civil War America, and the family secrets that haunt them and ultimately lead to their self-destruction.

It’s an intense emotional and theatrical experience, and the cast is spectacular, starring Lauren Flanigan, who sang the role at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1998.

From the day it premiered and was reviewed with the comment "the long awaited great American opera may finally be here," the critics have loved this opera. Now, you can see it for the first time in South Florida!

Next on the roster is Verdi's Nabucco, an opera that captures the voice of the ancient Hebrews and their struggle as exiles. It starts Feb. 6, 2014 at the Broward Center. Then the great favourite Tosca by Puccini is being staged Apr. 10, followed by Thais, an opera set in ancient Egypt by Massenet. It begins May 15.


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Photo top: Mourning Becomes Electra © Lorne Grandison for Florida Grand Opera.  

Here are some capsule summaries of the upcong operas:


Giuseppe Verdi’s power blockbuster
Nabucco is, on a simple level, a tale of forbidden love between two young people from different families, but their story is set against the exile of a conquered people. The yearning of two people for each other contrasted with the yearning for one’s homeland, one’s country, one’s birthplace. Opera Lover’s Hint: One of the highlights of the evening is the famous chorus "Va pensiero," which expresses the Hebrew slaves longing for their homeland. It will bring you to tears.

One of the great operas of all time and one of the most popular, Giacomo Puccini’s
Tosca is a compelling drama of a beautiful opera singer who strikes an unholy bargain with an evil and lecherous police chief in order to save her true love. When she has second thoughts, the results are bloody, deadly, and shocking. Opera Lover’s Hint: Come see what Tosca means when she says, "This is Tosca’s kiss."

Set in ancient Egypt, Jules Massenet’s magnificent French opera
Thaïs is the story of a monk who sets out to reform the seductive courtesan Thaïs, but becomes obsessed with her erotic charm. Redemption or lust – what proves stronger? Opera Lover’s Hint: The opera includes one of the most beautiful orchestra pieces in all classical music, the intermezzo for violin solo and orchestra in Act II known as "The Meditation."

Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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