Florida replaces Traviata with American shorts

Florida replaces Traviata with American shorts


norman lebrecht

January 05, 2021

Florida Grand Opera has scrapped its 2020-21 season of La Traviata, Otello and Faust, replacing the big hitters with four short operas by American composers.

The new lineup is Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, Daron Hagen’s New York Stories and a double bill of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso.

All are cast from withing, using FGO’s academy singers.

Larry Johnson has full details.



  • John Borstlap says:

    Excellent initiative, an example to be followed also in Europe.

  • John Borstlap says:

    The picture shows the way populists think about JS Bach.

  • Etienne A. says:

    More dumbed-down music for the masses from the Florida Grand (omitting the now murdered Opera part).

    Don’t tell us! More lights, effects, sets and garish costumes like either Broadway or a rap concert. Uggh!!!! They might as well just strip at this point to get an audience now that places like the Met only hire “attractive” singers in the states.

    • Peter San Diego says:

      Are you speaking from any knowledge of the four works in question?

    • Anon says:

      Etienne, do you know anything about 20-21st century US composers? Jake Heggie is an extraordinary young American composer whose works are performed by major opera companies around the world. Educate yourself before you post nonsense. https://jakeheggie.com/

  • No name says:

    Why not a baseball or a stupid american comedy?))

  • CYM says:

    Is there also a score of Mozart « Die Calvin Klein Nachmusik » ?

  • CYM says:

    Follow up : I was also looking for the score of Offenbach
    « Orpheus In The Underwear ». Is it available ?

  • GCMP says:

    Not a season this old fogey would attend or donate for!

  • Alviano says:

    I thought the link was going to tell me how to buy the underwear.

  • BruceB says:

    Cue the complaints from people who would otherwise be complaining about the stuffy, overdone repertoire originally scheduled…

  • William Safford says:

    Good! Given lemons (the pandemic), make lemonade. Let’s hear more new and recent music by American composers.

    Now, what’s a source (in the U.S.) for that musical underwear? It would make a great gag gift.

  • fflambeau says:

    I find the new lineup exciting. If classical music is to survive, it must turn to the new.