GENESEO, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Opera will stage Bizet’s “Carmen” as its first full production Aug. 6 – 10, 2014, in SUNY Geneseo’s Wadsworth Auditorium.
Artistic Director Gerard Floriano made the announcement at a gala concert Aug. 10, which featured an evening of arias, duets and ensembles from some of the world’s best-known operas. Performing were Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Pastin; Seattle Opera tenor Rolando Sanz; baritone Evan Jones; and mezzo soprano Jessica Best.
“I am enormously grateful for the large and enthusiastic audience we had at the gala concert,” said Floriano, professor of music at SUNY Geneseo and a 1984 alumnus. “I’m quite certain those who attended share the excitement of Finger Lakes Opera and we already are planning for a successful production next summer.”
“Carmen” takes place in Seville, Spain, during the 19th century and is the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy Carmen.
“This opera is immensely popular and appeals to people of all ages.” said Floriano.
Floriano plans to begin with a single production in 2014 and later develop several productions in repertory during the season, always showcasing some of the finest singers and musicians in the country.
SUNY Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl, a founding member of the Friends of Finger Lakes Opera organization, praised the venture as “historic,” saying the potential for the community and western New York’s cultural and economic development is great.”
The Friends of the Finger Lakes Opera organization has begun to raise $1 million to help support the first five seasons of the company through 2017.
Tickets for the 2014 Finger Lakes Opera season will go on sale soon.
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