Frost Opera Theater and Frost Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of THE LEOPARD
The Frost Opera Theatre, in tandem with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, will present the world premiere of The Leopard. The show is an opera in two acts with music by Michael Dellaira and a libretto by JD McClatchy. Gerard Schwarz will direct, Jeffrey Buchman manages, Alain Johnson will conduct the music, Cameron Anderson designed the set and Rosa Mercedes choreographed the production. John Cuff was the lighting designer and Camilla Haith’s costume designed.
Production is scheduled for March 5 and 6 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Beach, Florida. The work was commissioned and developed by AOP and made possible, in part, by generous funding from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the Paul Underwood Charitable Trust.
In 1860, during the Risorgimento, Garibaldi invaded Sicily and led the country towards a unified Italy. “For things to stay the same, everything must change,” declared the young and idealistic Tancredi to his uncle, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. The Prince, known as the Leopard because of his authoritarian personality, is of the old school, and he now faces a society in turmoil, and is forced to choose between decadence and progress, between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family. Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard will be Michael Dellaira’s third opera with JD McClatchy and was the last complete work of the famous librettist.
According to their website, the production will feature the students of the Frost Opera Theater with Kim Josephson (baritone), Robynne Redmon (mezzo-soprano), Frank Ragsdale (tenor) and guest artist, Kevin Short. For more information and tickets, visit the opera website here.