The season will open with a new $1 million production of Verdi's Aida starring soprano Angela M. Brown. It will also include a production of Bellini's La Sonnambula directed by opera great Renata Scotto, Saint-SaêŠns' Samson et Dalila with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, Puccini's Manon Lescaut, and Mozart's Abduction From the Seraglio.
The company has increased its quota of annual productions from five to six to celebrate the opening of the new performing arts center.
Anna Karenina, which was co-commissioned with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and produced with Michigan Opera Theatre, has an English-language libretto by Colin Graham; sets are by Neil Patel. It closes the season in April and May 2007.
Aida, a co-production with Michigan Opera Theatre, Milwaukee's Florentine Opera, and Opera Carolina, is directed by Bliss Herber, with sets and costumes by Allen Charles Klein. In addition to Brown, the cast includes Gregg Baker and Guang Yang.
Manon Lescaut is a production from L'Op_ra de Montr_al directed by Bernard Uzan. Samson et Dalila comes from San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Jon Villars is Samson.
Scotto's production of La Sonnambula, which is original to Florida Grand Opera, has sets by Carlo Diappi.
FGO will continue to appear at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale as well as inaugurating the Sanford and Delores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the $412 million Miami Performing Arts Center. Aida and Anna Karenina will be seen only in Miami, however, because of scheduling problems.
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