Miami Lyric Opera Nurtures Local Talent

Written By ArtBurst Team
December 31, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Opera is the sum of all arts: There is drama, dancing, poetry and music, all in a delicate balance of tragedy and comedy. While there are many people who will never experience opera and many more who may be indifferent, for those who have fallen hopelessly in love, opera is almost intoxicating. That’s the case with Raffaele Cardone. “Passion, love for what I do is essential in my life,” reveals the founder and general director of Miami Lyric Opera, “We cannot let opera go down.” Raffaele Cardone That’s why the retired, world renowned tenor founded MLO in 2004 after moving to Miami from his native Italy, by way of Mexico. His goal was to give a stage to young, local singers. Cardone aims to provide singers a professional, yet nurturing environment. MLO has been a catapult for artists with flourishing careers such as baritone Nelson Martinez. “Our doors are open to all those who are serious, passionate, and want to engage in opera,” he explains. “There is discipline, but there is honesty and familiarity.” MLO has not only introduced South Florida audiences to new singers, but to several operas not previously produced here as well. Cardone has a strong affinity for the works of Pietro Mascagni. He says he promised Mascagni’s granddaughter he would produce one of the composer’s operas per year. MLO presented the first South Florida production of L’amico Fritz, and will bring that opera back next season. In 2015, MLO will introduce to South Florida Mascagni’s 14th opera, Il Piccolo Marat. Earlier in the 2013 season, MLO presented for the first time in South Florida the first two of the three one-act operas which form Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico (Triptych): Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi. For the final production of the season, MLO is offering the third opera in the tryptych, Suor Angelica along with Mascagni favorite Cavalleria Rusticana. The works share strong connections involving religion, honor and death, making the unconventional pairing convincing. With paternal pride, Cardone announces that the cast for both operas will consist of all local artists, some natives and others long-time residents. As a showcase for local talent, rather than touring stars, MLO is an important force in Miami’s arts community. Miami Lyric Opera presents Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini, Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 pm, at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts.

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