Opera review

Florida Grand Opera sizzles with nightclub tango double-bill


If you go

Florida Grand Opera presents ‘Tango’ and ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’ at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Tickets are $25; 800-741-1010, fgo.org.

South Florida Classical Review

The Miami Design District is the backdrop for Florida Grand Opera’s double bill of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Tango and Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, the first in the company’s “Unexpected Opera in Unexpected Places” series.

It would be difficult to imagine a more unexpected performance space than The Stage, an al fresco bar and pop-music venue. Still, despite occasional noise from the street and overhead planes on opening night Thursday, the cabaret atmosphere seemed a perfect fit for the pop culture-infused mini-operas. The event drew a young, multicultural audience that was highly attentive and clearly involved in the immediacy of the music and drama.

Read the review at SouthFloridaClassicalReview.com.

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