One ticket to each of the following:
- The Passenger (Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m.)
- Don Pasquale (Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m.)
The Passenger is sung in multiple languages with English and Spanish projected titles. Don Pasquale is sung in Italian with English and Spanish projected titles. An opera preview takes place an hour before each performance, which provides a plot summary and entertaining backstage stories about the production.
- $72 for mezzanine seating (up to $144 value)
- $99 for orchestra-circle seating (up to $198 value)
- $135 for front-orchestra seating (up to $270 value)
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- The Plot: While on a cruise to Brazil with her husband, Liese notices a fellow passenger from her past. That past? Liese was a warden at Auschwitz (a fact she’s withheld from her husband). That passenger? Her former prisoner.
- The Stage: The opera unfolds across the tiered decks of the ship, each of which serves a metaphorical (and functional) purpose. The luxurious upper level represents the post-WWII present—a brutal contrast to the bottom level, which serves as the concentration camp. The middle, meanwhile, is reserved for a male chorus.
- The Author: The libretto is adapted from concentration camp survivor Zofia Posmysz’s radio play, while the opera comes from Mieczysław Weinberg, a Warsaw-born Polish Jew who escaped the war on foot but never lived to see this opera performed.
- The Plot: In the swinging ’60s of Rome, the titular Don—a cagey pensioner with a penchant for cats—plots to swipe the family fortune from his nephew Ernesto by marrying a young, distinctly feline lady named Norina. Little does he know that Norina and Ernesto are secretly an item, which sets off a comic clash of the generations.
- The Style: Opera Buffa, a humorous style packed with commedia dell’arte characters (including the frazzled patriarch, the young lovers, and the manipulative trickster) and farcical schemes where fake identities (such as a false notary) come into play
- Quotable Quote: When initial dress rehearsals hit a snag in 1842, composer Donizetti boldly stated, “Have no fear for me…My work will be a success.” The last century has proven him right, as Don Pasquale has endured as part of the opera repertoire.
Florida Grand Opera
Florida Grand Opera's dedication to the details has kept patrons coming back for more than seven decades. Split between two venues in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, its world-class performances draw in tens of thousands of Florida residents each year. The box office has also logged ticket buyers from 39 states and 31 foreign countries, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC, signaling their reputation's international reach.
As intimidating as grand opera can seem to the uninitiated, the FGO eases introductions with a lively Twitter feed, a candid Facebook wall, and even its own iPhone app, which helps newbies get up to speed on opera's lurid centuries of love, lust, murder, and suicide. The FGO's FAQ page similarly dispels common misconceptions, revealing that you may wear jeans to the opera and that wearing 3D glasses won't actually improve your experience.