Imagine an opera company that functions with the cold precision of a touring Broadway musical, and you will have imagined everything that Miami Lyric Opera is not.
At the low-budget company’s 2010 production of Puccini’s La Bohème, the orchestra played out of tune and the set looked like it had been delivered from a high school auditorium. Yet the superb singing and warm ensemble chemistry of the youthful cast made for an unforgettable performance.
Despite technical glitches and a microscopic budget, Miami Lyric Opera, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this season, attracts flocks of true opera lovers. The company, which will perform Puccini’s rarely heard short operas Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi next weekend at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, puts on opera as it might have been done in an Italian town at the time of Rossini: with modest sets and barely adequate orchestra and chorus, but singing — the essence of opera — that is always respectable and often excellent.
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