New York’s Met stages Spanish opera for first time in nearly a century

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New York (AFP) – For the first time in nearly a century, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City will stage a performance in Spanish on Thursday, as the company works to expand its appeal to wider audiences. “Florencia en el Amazonas” is a magical realist telling of an opera diva’s journey to South America to find her long lost lover, a butterfly hunter who disappeared in the jungle. The protagonist Florencia Grimaldi — played by soprano Aylin Perez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants — boards a steamboat in the early 20th century en route to Manaus, home of the legendary opera in the heart …

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