Music and Vision homepage Cadenza Programme Note Library - Programme Notes by Mike Wheeler

Recording of the month

River spirits

The opera 'Florencia
en el Amazonas'
as recorded by Albany -
appreciated by
MARIA NOCKIN

'... shimmering iridescent music'

Daniel Catan: Florencia en el Amazonas. © 2002 Albany Records

Florencia en el Amazonas was premièred at Houston Grand Opera in 1996 to tremendous acclaim which was repeated at performances in Los Angeles and Seattle. It is Daniel Catán's second opera and, like it's 1991 predecessor, Rappacini's Daughter, it has proved to be extremely popular. The first Spanish language opera written for US companies, Florencia is already a favorite of both Spanish and English speaking opera goers, so this recording is extremely welcome.

The married couple Paula and Alvaro (Suzanna Guzmán and Hector Vasquez) board the steamer 'El Dorado' for a journey down the Amazon. Photo: George Hixson/Houston Grand Opera
The married couple Paula and Alvaro (Suzanna Guzmán and Hector Vasquez) board the steamer 'El Dorado' for a journey down the Amazon. Photo: George Hixson/Houston Grand Opera

Born in Mexico in 1949, composer Daniel Catán was educated in England and at Princeton University in the USA. Presently, he teaches at the College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, California. His newest opera, a comedy called Salsipuedes, A Tale of Love, War and Anchovies, will be premièred at Houston Grand Opera on 29 October 2004.

Continue >>

Copyright © 23 November 2003 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

-------

 << Music & Vision home      Recent CD reviews       Gold and Lees >>

Download a free realplayer 

For help listening to the sound extracts here,
please refer to our questions & answers page.