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With 'Florencia en el Amazonas,' Florida Grand Opera takes you to the river

With 'Florencia en el Amazonas,' Florida Grand Opera takes you to the river

Even more unflinchingly romantic than those starving Bohemians in the garret or those Egyptians being buried alive, the unalloyed passion coursing through “Florencia en el Amazonas” in its first production at Florida Grand Opera is a pungent pleasure.

Composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 musical voyage up the titular South American river tracks loves lost and found in a narrative spiced with Gabriel Garcia Marquez-style magical realism. That facet drives the journey into a mystical world of nature that resonates and intermingles with an equally metaphysical power of true love.

The passenger list on the steamboat El Dorado (the Spaniard’s mythical city of gold) includes a...

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