Performing Arts

Operetta and zarzuela get a showcase at Miami’s On.Stage Black Box

Soprano Jenna Lorusso will sing in the Operetta/Zarzuela Showcase at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
Soprano Jenna Lorusso will sing in the Operetta/Zarzuela Showcase at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.

A showcase of the vocal beauty of operetta and zarzuela, a new multimedia opera and a sizzling tango show are on the horizon for South Florida music and dance lovers.


The Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre is presenting an Operetta/Zarzuela Showcase at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 in the On.Stage Black Box at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. The first part of the program features scenes from such operettas as Naughty Marietta, The New Moon and Giuditta. In the second part, the performers will present scenes from the zarzuelas Luisa Fernanda, La tempranica and La verbena de la paloma.

The performance will feature sopranos Mia Rojas, Rebecca Henriques, Jenna Lorusso, Cristi Mariscano and Jennifer Voigt; mezzo-soprano Glenda Vega; tenors Alejandro Viera and Jesse Vargas; and baritone Fernando Gonzalez. Dancers Stephan Fons and Yessenia Vega will also perform, and pianist Ileana Cortizo is musical director.

Tickets are $20 (students $10 day of show). The auditorium is at 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-596-5352 or visit or


Tickets are on sale for the world premiere multimedia opera MelanchoLalaland, which will make its debut at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave. Written by Florida Atlantic University professor Joey Bargsten, the piece was developed with support from a Knight Arts Challenge grant.

Incorporating live singers and dancers along with video, animation and digital music, the opera focuses on the executives who run a global corporation specializing in anti-melancholia drugs and pleasure technologies. Disgruntled employees, protesters and unhappy lovers also figure into the story.

Admission is $15 ($13 for students and seniors). For information, call 305-673-4567 or visit


Tango Lovers, winner of the Latin Ace Award, is headed for the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The show takes its audience through the evolution of tango, its first part traditional, the second more avant-garde and contemporary exploration of the sizzling Argentine dance style. Tango champion Marcos Ayala choreographs and leads the dancers, with Grammy-nominated Gustavo Casenave in charge of the music.

The show plays the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., at 8 p.m. Sept. 17, and tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $23.75 to $82.75 (VIP tickets are $113.75). For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit

Christine Dolen