Miami performances are at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.
Children must be at least six years old to attend.
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by MIECZYSŁAW WEINBERG
“A perfect masterpiece…”
“…harrowing and powerful…”
—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
“…an experience in the theater that is not to be missed.”
—John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune
Mieczysław Weinberg was a Warsaw-born Polish Jew who lost his parents and a sister to the Holocaust. He wrote this first of his seven operas in Moscow, to which he escaped (on foot) in 1939 at the eruption of World War II. He died in 1996 without having seen his opera performed. Much of his music was suppressed by the Soviet authorities during his lifetime be resurfaced in performances and recordings.
The opera tells the story of Liese (formerly a warden in Auschwitz), on an ocean liner with her husband, who is en route to a new diplomatic post in Brazil. She is stunned to see one of the other "passengers," believing her to be a prisoner from Auschwitz. Her husband knows nothing of her past, and Liese finds herself in a harrowing situation.
Florida Grand Opera will present the production that premiered at the Bregenz Festival in 2010. Its tiered design contrasts the luxury of the ocean liner with the despair of Auschwitz, while the middle is reserved for a male chorus that attempts to make sense of the unfolding horrors. This South Florida premiere will be one of the most important musical events of the year.
|Old Woman||Robynne Redmon*|
|Older Passenger/Steward||Tony Dillon*|
|First SS Man||Alex Soare|
|Second SS Man||Zachary Elmassian|
|Third SS Man||Daniel Bates|
|Associate Director||Rob Kearley*|
|Production||Coproduction of Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria; Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa Warszawa; English National Opera ENO, London; and Teatro Real, Madrid|
|Set Designer||Johan Engels*|
|Lighting Designer||Fabrice Kebour*|
|Associate Lighting Designer||Chris Maravich|
|Costume Designer||Marie-Jeanne Lecca*|
|Chorus Master||Katherine Kozak|
|Assistant Conductor||Michael Sakir|
|Musical Preparation||Tessa Hartle|
|Production Stage Manager||Liam Roche|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Bryce Bullock, Joshua Stewart, Melissa Robilotta|
|Wig and Makeup Designer||Sue Schaefer|
|Fight Choreographer||Lee Soroko|
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| ||* = FGO debut|
Sung in multiple languages with English and Spanish projected titles
Photo © Lynn Lane for Houston Grand Opera
|Wheelchair seating available|
|Large print libretto available|
|Seating assistance available|
|Audio description available at Sunday performance|