MIAMI HERALD EXCLUSIVE: BLACK ARTISTS LIMMIE PULLIAM AND KEARSTIN PIPER BROWN DELIVER UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES, STIRRING AUDIENCES TO EMOTION

On the front page of the February 4, 2024 Miami Herald, an important and moving article highlighting two leading artists and Florida Grand Opera was published. Linda Robertson and Carl Juste‘s article, “Their voices made me cry.’ How two Black singers are breaking barriers at Miami opera,” explores the space that tenor Limmie Pulliam and…

“I’m there for everything that happens with movement”: a conversation with Rosa Mercedes

If you’ve seen a Florida Grand Opera production in the past thirty years, you’ve experienced the work of choreographer Rosa Mercedes. Opera and ballet enjoy a longstanding romance, with many works featuring intricate ballets, and Mercedes has been the artist behind FGO’s dance sequences since 1992. Most recently, audiences raved over her work in our…

The Circus Is Coming to Town!

The circus is coming to town! The Italian theatrical tradition of commedia dell’arte (literally, “comedy of the art,” art meaning profession or craft) has been around since the 1500s. Acting troupes traveled circuits throughout the nation, including rural villages where they were welcomed with great enthusiasm. A traveling show was a special treat in the…

Violetta’s triumph: a conversation with La traviata stage director Chía Patiño

“I am completely in love with the courtesans,” declares Ecuadoran stage director and composer Chía Patiño. “They are so aware of who they are.” Patiño, who directed her first professional production of La traviata (her first was for Indiana University) at Florida Grand Opera this season, was well-prepared. She recently traveled to Paris, where she…