Get a 1st Look at Florencia en el Amazonas at Met Opera, Opening November 16 | Playbill

Production Photos Get a 1st Look at Florencia en el Amazonas at Met Opera, Opening November 16

Mary Zimmerman is at the helm of Daniel Catán’s opera.

Ailyn Pérez in Florencia en el Amazonas at the Metropolitan Opera Ken Howard / Met Opera

Florencia en el Amazonas, by composer Daniel Catán and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain, opens at the Metropolitan Opera November 16. Get a first look at the new production below.

The opera, inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, tells the story of a ship of passenger traveling through the Amazon to hear the famed opera singer Florencia Grimaldi perform at the reopening of the theater in Manaus. The passengers include a bickering couple, Paula and Alvaro, the Captain's nephew Arcadio, and a journalist, Rosalba, who is intent on interviewing the legendary singer. Unbeknownst to the other passengers, Florencia herself is also on the boat, traveling incognito, lamenting her lost love Cristóbal, a butterfly hunter who previously disappeared into the jungle. Soprano Ailyn Pérez stars as Florencia, alongside soprano Gabriella Reyes as Rosalba, tenor Mario Chang as Arcadio, mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Paula, baritone Michael Chioldi as Alvaro, baritone Mattia Olivieri as Riolobo, and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the Captain.

See Production Photos of Florencia en el Amazonas at the Metropolitan Opera

Director Mary Zimmerman returns to the Met for her sixth production with the company, leading a team which includes set designer Riccardo Hernández, costume designer Ana Kuzmanić, lighting designer T.J. Gerckens, projection designer S. Katy Tucker, and choreographer Alex Sanchez. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Daniel Catán's lush, neo-romantic score.

Performances of Florencia en el Amazonas run through December 14. For more information, visit

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