Florencia en el Amazonas

Come Aboard a Magical Mystery River Cruise

Colombia, early 1900s. 
Florencia Grimaldi, a famous opera singer, embarks anonymously on a voyage down the Amazon river, hoping to be reunited with the lover she left behind.  On the boat with her are a young journalist; a couple feeling the strain of their long marriage; the boat's captain; the captain's nephew, who falls in love with the journalist; and a man who is a rather mystical presence.

Inspired by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez, Catán's gorgeously lyrical opera was the first Spanish-language opera to be commissioned by a major U.S. opera company, and has been performed worldwide since its 1996 premiere in Houston.

Join Madison Opera on this truly enchanting journey.


Florencia Grimaldi
Elizabeth Caballero

Rachel Sterrenberg
Adriana Zabala

Nmon Ford

Mackenzie Whitney
Levi Hernandez

Ashraf Sewailam*


Learn more about our cast!

* Madison Opera debut



Conductor: John DeMain
Director: Kristine McIntyre

Sung in Spanish with projected English translations

Production Dates:
Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 2:30pm
Overture Hall

Performances last approx. 2 hours 15 minutes; including 1 intermission

Related Events

Opera Novice: From Zarzuela to Florencia: A History of Opera in Spanish | April 6, 2018

Opera Up Close: Florencia en el Amazonas preview | April 22, 2018

Opera Talks: Pre-Opera Talk and Post-Opera Q&A session



November 3 & 5, 2017
The Abduction from the Seraglio
February 9 & 11, 2018
Florencia en el Amazonas
April 27 & 29, 2018

July 21, 2018




Carla & Fernando

Thomas Terry

The Ann Stanke Fund 

Kennedy Gilchrist &
 Heidi Wilde 

Charles Snowdon &
Ann Lindsey 



  Artist underwriting 
provided by 
E. David Cronon Trust