Classical music

Hot young soprano stars in FGO’s new production


If you go

What: Florida Grand Opera’s production of Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’

When: Saturday-Feb. 17

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Tickets: $11-$250 at 305-854-7890,

South Florida Classical Review

The phone rang at about 5 p.m. The singer whom Rachele Gilmore was covering for that evening at the Metropolitan Opera was ill. Gilmore had to get to Lincoln Center immediately for makeup and costuming as Olympia in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, one of the showiest and most challenging roles in the soprano repertoire.

Gilmore, who stars in the Florida Grand Opera production of Bellini’s La Sonnambula that opens Saturday, left her apartment in Forest Hills, Queens, and drove her Toyota Highlander through rush-hour traffic to face the toughest opera audience in the United States — one of the few that will still boo.

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