New Favorite Artist

Dear Readers,

If you are anything like me, mail about arts performances is the only kind that is exciting to you.

This season in the Houston arts scene there are not quite as many performances featuring artistis from Latin America as in the past, but I was thrilled to see Florencia en el Amazonas by the Mexican composer Daniel Catan.

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez sang the lead role, and the whole show was phenomenal (check out the clip below).

The opera, performed recently by the Houston Grand Opera, is based in Brazil and is mercifully not about violence. It focuses on a unique love story about a famous opera singer returning to her homeland.

Check out a portion of this interview with Ana Maria and another lovely performance under the direction of Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.

I hope she will become a favorite for you, too!

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