Florencia en el Amazonas

Music by

Daniel Catán

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday November 22, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sunday November 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Wednesday December 10, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sunday December 14, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Thursday December 18, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Saturday December 20, 2014 - 7:30 PM


Florencia Grimaldi  Verónica Villarroel
Ríolobo  José Carbó
Rosalba  Lisette Oropesa
Arcadio  Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Paula  Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Alvaro  Gordon Hawkins
The Captain  David Pittsinger


Grant Gershon


Francesca Zambello

Set Designer

Robert Israel


Catherine Zuber


Eric Sean Fogel


Libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain


A steamboat passage through the fabled rainforest becomes a mystical voyage of discovery, each passenger harboring secret hopes of what the trip will bring. Among them, a famous prima donna hopes to recapture the great love of her life. Reality and fantasy intertwine as the dangerous splendors of the Amazon test the travelers’ preconceptions of their hopes and dreams.

The sensational Chilean soprano Verónica Villarroel returns as Florencia, her record-breaking seventh leading role at LA Opera, joined by a stellar cast. An exquisite score by Daniel Catán, the beloved composer of Il Postino, shimmers with passionate melodies and sumptuous orchestrations reminiscent of Puccini and Debussy. Inspired by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez, Florencia en el Amazonas paints an intoxicating portrait of the transformative nature of love.

Revival of a co-production of LA Opera with Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera de Colombia, and the Opera de Bellas Artes & Festival Internacional Cervantino.


Florencia en el Amazonas: Boat Build Timelapse


'Florencia' makes undemanding return to L.A. Opera

With svelte phrases and gleaming high notes, the American soprano Lisette Oropesa introduced a primly earnest Rosalba, a writer looking to pen a book on the diva.

—  Timothy Mangan  •  Orange County Register

Review: Los Angeles Opera’s Magically Staged and Sung “Florencia en el Amazonas”

The fresh, lyrical voices of Oropesa and Chacón-Cruz blended beautifully in Catán’s lushly romantic duets.

—  William  •  Opera Warhorses

'Florencia en el Amazonas' a culture clash solved by orchestra

soprano Lisette Oropesa, a brilliantly perky Rosalba.

—  Mark Swed  •  Los Angeles Times

Daniel’s Catán’s Opera Steams Down the Amazon

As the young lovers, Lisette Oropesa as Rosalba and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Arcadio are a charming pair. Oropesa’s soprano floated with a lithe and silvery line. 

—  Jane Rosenberg  •  Seen and Heard International

Review: L.A. Opera pays tribute to Daniel Catan with lush ‘Florencia en al Amazonas’

Oropesa is a rising star with a sweet soprano that shines. Her duets with Chacón-Cruz provide the vocal high points of the production.

—  Jim Farber  •  Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Opera Revives Florencia en el Amazonas

Rising coloratura soprano Lisette Oropesa as Rosalba, with ardent tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Arcadio, provided the evening’s most satisfying vocal performances. 

—  Rodney Punt  •  San Francisco Classical Voice

In L.A. Opera's Florencia en el Amazonas, a Boat Ride Leads to a Secret Concert (GO!)

Oropesa’s voice is lovely yet delicate

—  Falling James  •  LA Weekly

Florencia in el Amazonas Makes Triumphant Return to LA

Oropesa sang with spinning silvery tones that rang to the rafters.

—  Maria Nockin  •  Opera Today

Florencia en el Amazonas

..while Oropesa’s voice is still light and supple, there are hints in it of the darker dramatic roles that Florencia herself would have been master of.

—  Simon Williams  •  Opera News

Performance History

Lisette has given 6 performances as Rosalba.