Saturday, March 31, 2007

Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas From Michigan State University's Opera Program

Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas, based loosely on the writings of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Márquez, was first performed in 1996 at Houston Grand Opera to great acclaim. WMSU Opera Theatre at Michigan State University's College of Music has obtained the rights from the composer to present a complete performance of the opera. The opera will be presented tomorrow afternoon as a video telecast and webcast (a coproduction of WKAR-TV amd radio station WMSU). The webcast will be available from WMSU.

This opera is worth hearing. The composer has been working in residence with the student cast. We encourage you to watch this special video webcast and try out WMSU's Real Player video stream (it is broadband only, as one might expect with a videocast), which will be available shortly before the program begins, at around GMT 1755/EDT 1:55PM. There will be interviews of the composer, conductor and director first; the opera itself won't start until 3:00PM EDT.

I won't be able to catch this webcast. Since this is the first time we have listed a video webcast on OperaCast, I would love to hear from any of you who do tune in - how was the overall production and did the stream work well?

Happy listening....

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