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LA BOHÈME

by Giacomo Puccini

MMF Opera Institute takes on one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire with a timeless rendition of Puccini’s La bohème. This heartbreaking masterpiece has earned its spot amongst opera favorites with empathic characters and a thoroughly romantic score brimming with emotion. A great introduction for new opera-goers.  Follow the young bohemians of 1830s Paris as they navigate relationships, love and loss.  

Michael Rossi, conductor
Jennifer Williams, director
MMF Opera Institute

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PERFORMANCES
June 30 @ 7:30 PM
July 2 @ 7:30 PM

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

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MMF Family Opera Series

L' ENFANT et les SORTILÈGES 
(The child and the magic spells) 

by Maurice Ravel

This whimsical French one-act translating to “The child and the magic spells” is the first of MMF’s popular Family Opera series. In a world where furniture, fire and animals come to life, Ravel’s dreamy lyric score spins a modern fable with an ageless message. Staged as a double-bill performance with Puccini’s one-act Gianni Schicchi, families are invited to participate in free supplementary activities for children outlined below! Allow your children to experience opera and live theater in a family-friendly setting.

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GIANNI SCHICCHI

by Giacomo Puccini     

When an old curmudgeon dies, who inherits his fortune? In the aftermath of a wealthy man’s passing, Puccini’s one-act spins the uproarious tale of scheming relatives and one crafty neighbor, Gianni Schicchi. Based on a brief reference in Dante’s Inferno, this comic opera showcases a wonderfully verismo ensemble cast singing Puccini’s score full of humorous musical devices and features one of the most memorable arias in the operatic canon, “O mio babbino caro.” 

Steven Gathman, conductor
David Carl Toulson, director

MMF Opera Institute
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PERFORMANCES
July 1 @ 7:30 PM
July 3 @ 2:00 PM

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

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Christine Goerke (photo credit: Arielle Doneson)

Christine Goerke
(photo credit: Arielle Doneson)

NEW WORLD CENTER CONCERT

MIAMI WAGNER INSTITUTE DEBUT

Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss
Excerpts from the Ring Cycle, Richard Wagner

Christine Goerke, Brünnhilde
Alan Held, Wotan
Michael Rossi, conductor

Singers from the Miami Wagner Institute
MMF Symphony Orchestra

Soprano Christine Goerke and bass-baritone Alan Held, two of the world’s most preeminent Wagnerian singers, debut with MMF’s inaugural Miami Wagner Institute. The first year of this unprecedented program culminates with a return to South Beach's premier venue, the New World Center, in an MMF gala concert featuring excerpts from Wagner’s Ring Cycle and more. Amongst the world’s most in-demand Wagnerians, Goerke (“Brünnhilde” in upcoming productions at the Metropolitan Opera), and Held (“Wotan” in productions at the Canadian Opera Company and Washington National Opera) are joined by featured students from the Wagner Institute alongside the MMF Symphony Orchestra. This concert will also feature symphonic programming, including Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

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PERFORMANCE
July 16 @ 7:30 PM

New World Center

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THE TURN of the SCREW

by Benjamin Britten

A governess in the English countryside finds her new position and young charges entangled in disturbing relations, haunted by their past. With a gothic ghost novel for it’s source, this provocative story is matched by its cerebral score. Mixing elements of tonality and dissonance, Britten’s final chamber opera is an exploration in 12-tone figures, summed up by a line borrowed from W.B. Yeats – “the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”

*mature thematic material, suggested for audience ages 10+

Caren Levine, conductor
Alan E. Hicks, director
MMF Opera Institute

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PERFORMANCES
July 21 @ 7:30 PM
July 22 @ 
7:30 PM

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

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THE CRUCIBLE  

by Robert Ward

An allegory for our modern times: hysterics, politics and who’s to blame? Arthur Miller’s dramatized account of the Salem witch trials is updated in MMF’s riveting production to a gripping and provocative present day social commentary. A cautionary tale of history, American composer Robert Ward expertly crafts a musical backdrop of fear, mistrust and the tragic fallout. 

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE 6:30 PM @ Cor Jesu Chapel
Join us one hour before each show for a pre-performance lecture hosted by the Director in Cor Jesu Chapel, next to the Broad Theater. 

Bradley Moore, conductor
David Carl Toulson, director
MMF Opera Institute

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PERFORMANCES
July 28 @ 7:30 PM
July 30 @ 7:30 PM

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

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MMF Family Opera Series

THE MAGIC FLUTE

by W.A. Mozart

A hero on a quest and a princess finding her way encounter enchanted creatures, an evil queen and ultimately, each other – all with the help of a Magic Flute! The final of MMF’s popular Family Opera series, this production is created specifically for young children and will be performed in English. Mozart’s classic “singspiel” includes both spoken and sung dialogue, with familiar melodies you’ll be singing along to. Families are invited to participate in supplementary activities for children outlined below! Allow your children to experience opera and live theater in a family-friendly setting. 

Stephanie Rhodes, conductor
Dan Wallace Miller, director
MMF Opera Institute


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PERFORMANCES
July 29 @ 7:30 PM
July 31 @ 2:00 PM

Shepard & Ruth K. Broad Performing Arts Center,
Barry University

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ZARZUELA IN THE SUMMER NIGHTS
Zarzuela Scenes from the MMF Zarzuela Project

MMF’s Zarzuela series returns for a night of Spanish passion and drama with arias and scenes performed by singers from the MMF Opera Institute. Zarzuela is a Spanish derivative of operetta with strong cultural distinctions amongst Latin cultures.

After a successful monthly performance series in the Lobby Salon initiated at the beginning of the year, The Betsy–South Beach and MMF present intimate chamber concerts every Tuesday and Thursday evening, featuring the best and brightest performers across institutes; concerts are free and open to the public.

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PERFORMANCES

June 17 @ 8:00 PM
Gato Gallery,
Barry University

 

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June 21, July 14
@ 7:30 PM

The Betsy-South Beach

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STUDIO OPERA PERFORMANCES

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La CHANSON de FORTUNIO / Scenes Program

by JACQUEs Offenbach

The MMF Opera Institute’s Studio program presents this rare French gem of endearing comedy, “the song of Fortunio.” As a young clerk, Fortunio seduced the wife of his employer with the help of a particularly alluring song. Now as an old lawyer, he begins to suspect that his own young wife might be carrying on a clandestine affair with his young employee, Valentin. Mischief and carrying-ons are afoot, as they all happily reveal that Fortunio’s “song” has lost none of its efficacy.

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PERFORMANCES
July 2 @ 4:30 PM
July 3 @ 6:00 PM

Weber Hall,
Barry University

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OPERA SCENES PROGRAM 

MMF Opera Studio singers perform an intriguing program of opera and operetta dating from the inception of the art form to current works.  Scenes explored come from such varied works as L'incoronazione di Poppea, Le nozze di Figaro, Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, Hansel and Gretel, The Merry Widow, Suor Angelica, Adamo’s Little Women, Carmen, Cavalli's La Doriclea, Dido and Aeneas, Les Contes d'Hoffmann and West Side Story.  

Further expanding the repertoire, three song cycles in their entirety will be integrated, along with an innovative multimedia interface and staged right along with the opera scenes. The Studio scenes programs aims to find new and engaging ways to perform art song that break the mold of traditional presentations. 

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PERFORMANCE
July 19 @ 7:30 PM

Weber Hall,
Barry University

Free event


MESE MARIANO 

by Umberto Giordano

The MMF Opera Institute’s Studio program presents this rarely performed opera of dramatic depth. Mese Mariano, or “Mary’s Month” is the tragic story of a mother’s love, guilt and loss. In this brief and heartrending opera, a woman visits an orphanage to see her child, wracked with guilt at having abandoned him. Considered a lyric sketch with a running time of only 35 minutes and sung in a Neapolitan dialect, it was written and premiered at the early turn of the century. 

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PERFORMANCES
July 30 @ 4:00 PM
July 31 @ 12:00 PM

Weber Hall, 
Barry University

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The Betsy SOUTHBEACH Chamber Series


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OPERA ARIA NIGHT
MMF Opera Institute

Singers from the MMF Opera Institute bring their best operatic showpieces to the stage featuring singers in a vast range of favorite opera arias. After a successful monthly performance series in the Lobby Salon initiated at the beginning of the year, The Betsy–South Beach and MMF present intimate chamber concerts every Tuesday and Thursday evening, featuring the best and brightest performers across institutes; concerts are free and open to the public.

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June 8, 20 @ 7:30 PM
Gato Gallery

July 8 @ 7:30 PM
Cor Jesu Chapel,
Barry University

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June 9, 16, 23, 28
July 5, 7
@ 7:30 PM

The Betsy-South Beach

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BROADWAY NIGHT 
MMF Opera Institute 
 

Favorite show tunes from Broadway’s best works are brought to life by the impressive voices of the MMF Opera Institute. Solos, duets and ensembles join together in a concert of wide-ranging and classic musical theater.  

After a successful monthly performance series in the Lobby Salon initiated at the beginning of the year, The Betsy–South Beach and MMF present intimate chamber concerts every Tuesday and Thursday evening, featuring the best and brightest performers across institutes; concerts are free and open to the public.

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June 13, July 13
@ 7:30 PM

Cor Jesu Chapel,
Barry University

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June 14, July 12
@ 7:30 PM

The Betsy-South Beach

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