MIAMI’S ELITE FROST MUSIC SCHOOL PRESENTS A WORLD PREMIERE OPERA BASED ON ONE OF THE GREATEST NOVELS OF ALL TIME LATER ADAPTED TO THE AWARD-WINNING CLASSIC FILM

THE LEOPARD

Music by Michael Dellaira

Libretto by JD McClatchy

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – MARCH 5 AND 6, 2022

South Miami-Dade Cultural Center for the Arts

10950 SW 211 St. Cutler Bay, FL 33189

786-573-5300/ SMDCAC.ORG

Show time: 3:00 p.m.

Based on Il GattopardoOne of the greatest literary works of the 20and A Century Later adapted to a feature film considered one of the best films ever made

Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon, and winner of the prestigious

Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

  • MET OPERA baritone Kim Josephson joins fellow stars Robynne Redmon, Frank Ragsdale and Kevin Short, with the rising students of the Frost Opera Theater
  • World-renowned maestro Gerard Schwarz conducts the Frost Symphony Orchestra
  • Jeffrey Buchman, director
  • Award-winning film The Leopard – special single engagement at the Coral Gables Art Cinema on February 27

As South Florida emerges as one of the world’s premier performing arts destinations, it’s fitting that an important work has its world premiere in the Magic City. An opera adapted from one of the great novels of the 20and century awarded its debut to the faculty of world-renowned artists and gifted students of the Frost Opera Theater and Frost Symphony Orchestra of the University of Miami Frost School of Music. With members of its faculty led by Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson in the title role and internationally acclaimed maestro Gerard Schwarz, winner of 9 Emmy Awards, conducting the Frost Symphony Orchestra, the opera’s world premiere, THE LEOPARD will take place March 5 and 6, 2022 at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center; 10950 SW 211 St. Cutler Bay, FL 33189. Show time for both shows is 3:00 p.m. For tickets, call 786-573-5300 or visit SMDCAC.ORG.

Set in Sicily in 1860, the opera is told through the eyes of Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina (also known as Leopard). Known for his authoritarian personality, he was part of an impoverished Sicilian aristocracy that was soon to be obsolete. Now faced with a society in turmoil, he is forced to choose between decadence and progress, and between the fall of the nobility and the future of his family.

This highly anticipated opera, THE LEOPARD is the third and final collaboration between Michael Dellaira and the American poet, librettist and literary critic JD McClatchy. Dellaira completed the score in February 2018, just two months before McClatchy died. He is also the first composer to have obtained the opera rights for The leopard in over 50 years. The opera was commissioned by American Opera Projects, with funds provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and the Paul Underwood Charitable Trust.

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