Students in the “Opera at the Met” class traveled to New York’s Metropolitan Opera this fall to attend rehearsals with School of Communication professors Mary Zimmerman and Ana Kuzmanić. The MFA design students were able to observe key milestones during the production process for the Met’s premiere of “Florencia en el Amazonas.”
The opera was director Zimmerman’s sixth Met production and costume designer Kuzmanić’s second.
Using puppetry, costume, and movement, the collaborators brought the teeming flora and fauna of the Amazon to life, immersing audiences in the journey of Florencia, a Brazilian opera singer, who boards a riverboat to search for her lover who has vanished the jungle.
The production opened Nov. 16 and will continue through Dec. 14. The HD broadcast of “Florencia en el Amazonas” will premieres in cinemas worldwide Dec. 9, with an encore broadcast on Dec. 13.
Photos by Ana Kuzmanić and Mary Zimmerman