Edmond Rostandâ€™s famous play
,Â Cyrano de Bergerac
, provided the inspiration for this new opera which received standing ovations from audiences in both Detroit and Philadelphia.Â Soprano Leah Partridge
returns to south Florida as Roxane, a role written specifically for her.Â
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The romantic story ofÂ Cyrano de Bergerac has inspired many interpretations in the theater and on film. Edmond Rostand's famous play provided the inspiration for composerÂ David DiChiera'a new opera premiered in 2007. Cyrano, a nobleman skilled in both sword and pen, has an unsightly large nose. Despite his desperate love for the beautiful Roxane, he agrees to help his younger rival, the handsome Christian, win her heart.
DiChiera wrote the roles of Cyrano and Roxane for baritoneÂ Marian Pop and sopranoÂ Leah Partridge, both of whom will reprise their critically-acclaimed world premiere performances at FGO. South Florida favorite, Leah Partridge, currently on the Metropolitan Opera roster, has given FGO audiences many memorable performances, including those in LakmÃ© andÂ La sonnambula. Mark Flint, who orchestrated the opera and led the world premiere production, will conduct in his FGO debut.
Robert M. Heuer is the General Director of Florida Grand Opera (FGO). His opera management career began in Detroit as the Founding Managing Director of Michigan Opera. He joined Florida Grand Opera as Director of Production in 1979, became Assistant General Director in 1983 and became General Director in 1985. As General Director, Mr. Heuer led the effort to merge the Greater Miami Opera and The Opera Guild Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, creating Florida Grand Opera in June 1994.
During Mr. Heuerâ€™s seasons as General Director and CEO, FGO has mounted 126 main-stage productions, including 31 operas never previously seen in South Florida. Under Mr. Heuerâ€™s leadership, the Company has developed the Young Artist Studio one of the most important programs in the country with the purpose of providing a bridge for singers from the educational to the professional arena.