Announcing Our 2020 Season!
Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) is thrilled to announce its lineup of programs for the 2020 season. Highlighting the summer productions will be Rossini’s comedic masterpiece The Barber of Seville, featuring internationally renowned baritone Jonathan Michie as the jack-of-all trades Figaro, 2018 Metropolitan Opera Council Award Winner Carlos Enrique Santelli as the master of disguise Count Almaviva, and third year Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Resident Taylor Raven as the beautiful Rosina. The Barber of Seville is scheduled for Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 9. FLO’s season also includes the delightful children’s opera Pinocchio and Opera HITS!, both of which will feature the 2020 Tomita Young Artists.
FLO’s 2020 season will begin on July 19 with a program featuring the Tomita Young Artists as they present Summer Scenes. This will be the first opportunity for audiences to hear the remarkable talents of all twelve artists. Selected from a field of nearly 300 applicants, the ten singers and two collaborative accompanists each will perform in at least one, some several, scenes put together by Artistic Director Gerard Floriano. This intimate event provides an opportunity for the audience to mingle with the young singers and accompanists before and after the performance. Wine and appetizers will be served.
On August 1, FLO will again showcase some of the 2020 Tomita Young Artists in John Davies’s Pinocchio, the classic tale that emphasizes the importance of telling the truth through the eyes of a mischievous puppet, his father, a conniving wolf, and his crafty feline sidekick. While geared to children ages 3-12, this production, which features music from Mozart, Offenbach, and more, will delight audiences of all ages. FLO is thrilled to be able to present Pinocchio in Canandaigua in the summer and in Rochester before Thanksgiving. On August 2, FLO will present Opera HITS!, the program that highlights the special talents of the Tomita Young Artists as they sing solos, duets, and more accompanied by the Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra. The Pinocchio and HITS! performances will be held at the newly renovated Fort Hill Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua.
FLO will close out its summer season with two performances of the opera many have said delivers the perfect comedic punch: The Barber of Seville. Set in 17th century Spain, this story shows the lengths one will go to win another’s heart. With help from the clever Figaro, Count Almaviva weaves his way into Rosina’s heart all while audiences are treated to some of the most popular arias delivered in dazzling, coloratura fashion.
See below for times, dates, and ticket prices. And - for a special treat - enjoy a message from FLO’s Artistic Director, Gerard Floriano:
Sunday, July 19, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
This will be the first opportunity for audiences to hear the 2020 Tomita Young Artists in action. Selected from a field of almost 300, these remarkably talented singers (10) and accompanists (2) will perform their scenes under the direction of FLO Artistic Director Gerard Floriano. FLO is finalizing the venue for this performance, which will be held in downtown Rochester. Wine and appetizers included in the price.
Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 10:30 AM
Finger Lakes Opera’s production of Pinocchio emphasizes the importance of telling the truth through the eyes of a mischievous puppet, his father, a conniving wolf, and his crafty cat. Geared toward children 3-12 years old, this show will delight audiences of all ages.
Sunday, August 2, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
Accompanied by the FLO Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director Gerard Floriano, this is the summer highlight performance for the 2020 Tomita Young Artists who will be featured in solos, duets, quartets, and more, singing dazzling arias and show-stopping Broadway hits. Scheduled to be held at the beautifully renovated Fort Hill Performing Arts Center on a new date at a new time, this is a priority event!
Friday, August 7, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
Unwavering in his pursuit to win the heart of the lovely Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of the valiant Figaro to steal her away from her cantankerous guardian, Bartolo, who wants to marry her himself. The Barber Figaro initiates a series of merry mix-ups and delicious double-crossings to ensure that true love triumphs after all!