Florencia en el Amazonas

Staging Director Maestro Choreographer
Nicholas Muni Christopher Allen La Meira
Scenic Designer Costume Designer Projections Designer Lighting Designer Makeup Designer
Andrew Licout Amy MacDonald Patrick Angle Joseph Naftal Destinee Steele

Producer: University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Run: February 3, 5, and 7, 2017

Florencia Grimaldi, the most celebrated opera singer in the world, is making her curtain call at La Scala, when a strange creature (Riolobo) walks onstage and into her limelight to present her with a bouquet of roses. Amidst these flowers, she discovers a very different flower, one from her homeland in the Amazon. This mysterious event sparks an excursion into her past, into which she delves continually deeper as she encounters long-lost memories of her first love, Cristobal.

She finds herself taking a steamship voyage down the Amazon with a number of other passengers, some of them phantom-like, others of them seemingly more real. In the course of this journey to the opera house in Manaus—where Florencia is scheduled to sing for the first time since she abandoned her homeland twenty years prior—she becomes deeply disturbed by memories of the Cristóbal, the love she left behind. Florencia learns of his pursuits as a butterfly hunter in search of the rare Emerald Muse and that he has been lost in the jungle all these many years.

She encounters dire obstacles: an unusually intense storm that temporarily grounds the boat and an outbreak of cholera that prevents their arrival at Manaus, but Florencia finishes the journey, albeit in a very unexpected way.

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