Friday night I attended a performance of the opera Florencia en el Amazonas by the MSU Opera Theater. The composer Daniel Catan was there and said a few words before the start of the performance about how overjoyed he was with the production. I have to say I was quite impressed with the caliber of singers, the orchestra, and the choir. No one had told me before we moved here to the Lansing area what a wonderful cultural jewel is on display here at the MSU College of Music. It was great to be able to get my opera fix so close to home. When I lived in Los Angeles, I subscribed to the L.A. Opera.
The opera itself is excellent, featuring an exquisite lyrical score. It doesn’t have any shop-stopping arias, ala Puccini. But it features a wonderfully sustained sense of drama and verve throughout that doesn’t flag at any moment. You can buy a recording of it here.