Daniel Catán / Libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain

Florencia en el Amazonas



Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera tells the enchanting story of a Brazilian opera diva who returns to her homeland to perform at the legendary opera house of Manaus—and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle. The December 9 performance stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia Grimaldi, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to lead a spellbinding new production by Mary Zimmerman that brings the mysterious and magical realm of the Amazon to the Met stage. A distinguished ensemble of artists portray the diva’s fellow travelers on the river boat to Manaus, including soprano Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

English StreamText captioning is available for the Met’s transmission of Florencia en el Amazonas here. A transcript of the transmission will also be available to view after the live performance.

Buy tickets for Florencia en el Amazonas live in the opera house here.

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

Additional support from Ellen A. Michelson and Michael W. Michelson, in honor of Laura Michelson Sievers

Florencia en el Amazonas is part of the Neubauer Family Foundation New Works Initiative



Mary Zimmerman

Set Designer

Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Designer

Ana Kuzmanic

Lighting Designer

T.J. Gerckens

Projection Designer

S. Katy Tucker


Alex Sanchez


Daniel Catán


Marcela Fuentes-Berain


Florencia en el Amazonas