Classics Performed at Moore’s Opera Center

Fans of classic and contemporary opera will have something to cheer about during the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center’s Winter Repertory.

To kick off 2009, the center presents Daniel Catán’s lauded “Florencia en el Amazonas” and Mozart’s ambitious classic “Lucio Silla” in Moores Opera House (Entrance 16 off of Cullen Boulevard.).

“We’re presenting classics old and new,” said Buck Ross, director of the Moores Opera Center. “These pieces were written centuries apart but are both equally adventurous and quite unforgettable.”

“Florencia en el Amazonas” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29, 31 and Feb. 2. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2 p.m., Feb. 1. Composer Catán will be in attendance during the Jan. 31 performance.

Since its world premiere in Houston in 1996, “Florencia en el Amazonas” has dazzled audiences with its intricate sets depicting a riverboat en route through the Amazon jungle. Lending to its magical feel is a lush score (performed in Spanish) and rich characters. Set aboard a riverboat journeying through the Amazon, the opera follows a group of characters embarking on a trip through their very souls.

“This is a spectacular opera with a very cinematic feel to it,” Ross said. “It’s no surprise why audiences are drawn to this, and we are very proud to bring it back to the city where it launched 13 years ago.”

“Lucio Silla” is among Mozart’s earliest operas. It tells the story of the titular Roman dictator who is pursuing his arch enemy’s daughter Giunia. Its spectacular arias are reminiscent of “The Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

“Lucio Silla” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

WHAT: Moores Winter Repertory Presents “Florencia En El Amazonas” and “Lucio Silla”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 2; 2 p.m., Feb. 1
7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 1
WHERE: Moores Opera House
University of Houston – Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
WHO: University of Houston/Moores School of Music