“Flores de Plástico” is the portuguese version of “Plastic Flowers”, an opera by Joao MacDowell. This new production has mezzo soprano Clarice Prietto in the character of Penelope and presents for the first time the portuguese version of the libretto. As well as a new Intermezzo and Prelude written specially for the occasion.
The opera will premiere in the community theater of the favela Vidigal, which belongs to the theater group “Nós do Morro.” For the purpose of the performance a baby grand piano will be carried down a steep stairway from street level into the theater. Sponsored by Casa Pierre Pianos
The production brings together a remarkable team of collaborators including director Bayard Tonelli, from the legendary theater dance group Dzi Croquettes, production and stage project by Sheyla de Castilho, videoscenography by Cila MacDowell, visuas by Cynthia Tello. Musicians: Maria Luisa Lindberg on piano and Leo Brunno on live electronics.
International Brazilian Opera Company – iBoc is partnering with Opera Dolce in performances of works by legendary Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes. Featuring the Brazilian Chorus led by maestro Néviton Barros. Staring baritone Andrew Costello and soprano Pamela Lloyd.
We had an overwhelming response from the audience and international media. We are still compiling press and responding to messages of support.
We launched 4 casts out of our 5 productions in the assembly line. We created the Brazilian Chorus that will start building repertoire and performing independently. We galvanized a team of almost 60 professionals, volunteers and collaborators.
Please be patient with our post-production, we will be posting videos and audio recordings soon.