Judging from the sold-out house for Verdi’s La Traviata Saturday evening, word has spread about the growing quality of Miami Lyric Opera’s productions.
When the curtain rose for Act 1, the set for the courtesan Violetta Valery’s salon received a round of applause, a rare event for this budget-conscious company. But set and costume designers went all out to bring this scene of wealthy 19th-century Paris to life, creating a sparkling setting of fabric-covered tables, antique chairs, candelabras, flowers, lavishly gowned women, glittering jewelry and red-jacketed footmen…
Thus opens David Fleshler’s story that appeared on 10.10.10 in the South Florida Classical Review. Mr. Fleshler goes on to remark about the performance of Susana Diaz and the set design and costuming that captured the essence of 18th century Paris.
The ensemble included David Pereira, Nelson Martinez, Gibson Dorce, Rebekah Diaz, Eddie Valdes, Enrique Estrada, Anthony Zoeller and Daisy Su. Dr. Beverly Coulter served as the conductor for a lively orchestra section. Maestro Rafaelle Cardone is the artistic director.
Miami Lyric Opera’s 2010 season concluded with this production. For more information about the organization, take a look at MiamiLyricOpera.org. Consider becoming a member, and/or sponsor for 2011.
Click here to read the full review: South Florida Classical Review