THE ARTS COMPANY HOSTS ART EXHIBITION OF
NASHVILLE OPERA’S FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS
First Spanish Opera to be Presented in Nashville
Limited Engagement: January 3-17, 2015
Sponsored by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Nashville Opera, in collaboration with The Arts Company and Casa Azafran
In January 2015, The Arts Company partners in art with the Nashville Opera to present a visual art exhibition as a preview for Florencia en el Amazonas, the first opera in Spanish to be presented in Nashville. The opera, by Daniel Catán, is a voyage down the Amazon River toward an unexplored jungle paradise that dares to venture deep into the mysteries of the human heart. The audience will take a journey of discovery through the sensual world of magical realism, overflowing with a vibrant orchestral score inspired by the romanticism of Puccini and Debussy. In a limited-engagement exhibition opening during The First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on January 3 — featured artists will develop new artwork using the concept of magical realism and incorporating their experience as part of the Latino community in Nashville.
The exhibit will open during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown on January 3, 6PM-9PM, and be on view during regular gallery hours, 11:00AM-5:00PM, Tuesday through Saturday, through January 17, at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts in downtown Nashville. The artwork will then be presented during the opera’s run in the lobby spaces at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, January 23, 25, & 27; continuing at the Noah Liff Opera Center, and complete its run in April and May at Casa Azafran… dates to be announced. The exhibition is supported through a Metro Nashville Arts Commission grant to the Nashville Opera, and presented in cooperation with Conexión Américas and The Arts Company.
About the preview exhibition:
Florencia in El Amazones, an opera written in Spanish, is new to Nashville Opera. The contemporary production uses special lighting and staging to enhance the theme of magical realism, associated with great Latin American literature. Another added attraction is a special art exhibition of original artwork created by Nashville Hispanic artists curated and presented by The Arts Company.
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About the Opera: Florencia en el Amazonas
Florencia en el Amazonas, by Daniel Catán and inspired by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is this ravishingly beautiful romantic opera in an examination of love in all of its joys and folly. In 1910, seven people board a small steamboat for a voyage down the Amazon River toward an unexplored jungle paradise. But soon the characters find themselves on a surreal journey that dares to venture deep into the mysteries of the human heart. Among all the passengers, Florencia seeks the most desperate love of all: Lost love. A true love she long ago let slip through her fingers, and now vows to find again. Join us as we take a voyage into the sensual world of “magic realism”, overflowing with a vibrant orchestral score inspired by the lush romanticism of Puccini and Ravel, and featuring a poignant story that will touch your heart and make your soul soar like an emerald jungle butterfly amid the foliage of the tropical rain forest. The opera is sung in Spanish with easy-to-read projected English supertitles. For more information about Florencia en el Amazonas, visit: www.nashvilleopera.org/FLORENCIA.html
About Nashville Opera:
Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Noah Liff Opera Center, playing to over 13,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches over 25,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee. These projects are supported by grants from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Judy and Noah Liff Foundation, the Nashville Opera Guild, and many other corporate and individual supporters.
ABOUT CONEXIÓN AMÉRICAS
Conexión Américas assists more than 2,500 Latino families each year through programs that focus on social, economic and civic integration - all created to empower Latinos in Tennessee to achieve their own American Dream. More information at: http://www.conexionamericas.org
ABOUT THE FIRST SATURDAY ART CRAWL DOWNTOWN
The First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown, presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts, is a monthly visual arts event in the historic arts and entertainment center of downtown Nashville. On the First Saturday of every month, an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. Admission free, the event welcomes approximately 2,000 attendees each month, bringing more attention and recognition to this energetic destination for visual arts.