Culture Klatches for the Gables Erudite
This month the Florida Grand Opera is holding a series of lectures in Coral Gables that uses the company’s mainstage production of Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” as the platform for discussions. At each of the three, free lectures, music will enliven the conversation, all set against the magical realism of the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by a major U.S. opera company (Houston Grand Opera, 1996).
Metamorphosis: Journey of the Human Spirit
An exploration of the timeless themes of love, loss and self-discovery, featuring voices from the Florida Grand Opera Studio and spoken words from scholars at the FIU Green School.
April 7 (Sat.), 6 pm
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Blvd.
Spoken and Sung: A Collaboration with Gables Stage
Inspired by the magical realism of “Love in the Time of Cholera,” this conversation pairs “Amazonas” excerpts sung by Florida Grand Opera Studio artists with performances by actors.
April 11 (Wed.), 7:30 pm
Gables Stage at the Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Ave.
Ecology of the Rainforest
This collaboration brings experts from Fairchild to discuss preserving the world’s largest, most diverse rainforest, followed by “Amazonas” highlights sung by Florida Grand Opera Studio artists.
April 17 (Tues.), 7:30 pm
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
If after these talks you want more, the Café at Books and Books in the Arsht Center will hold an opera-themed farm-to-table dinner April 23, from 6 pm to 8 pm, prepared by Chef Allen Susser. Chef Allen’s Monday Night Farm to Table Dinner: Opera Edition – Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” will cost $25 per person + $14 optional wine. To RSVP, email Keith Green: email@example.com