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Artist of the Year: SHERI GREENAWALD as Florencia

Seattle Opera on August 24, 2013 19:18

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    Sheri Greenawald won Artist of the Year in 1997/98 for her performances as the title role in “Florencia en el Amazonas” and Mimì in “La bohème.” The soprano made her Seattle debut as Eurydice in 1988’s “Orphée et Eurydice,” and has returned as Countess Almaviva, Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Mélisande, Natasha Rostrova in “War and Peace,” Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Alice Ford, and Cio-Cio San. In the final moments of her opera, Florencia transforms into a butterfly, reaching out to her long-lost beloved, Cristobal Ribeiro da Silva, a butterfly-hunter who disappeared into the Amazon rainforest: “Te siento palpitar en las alas de cada mariposa y en cada brillo verde, en el viento, en el agua, en el fondo de la selva, en la vida o la muerte. Te siento palpitar en el vuelo de mi canto, en el aire suave—Cristobal, te siento palpitar en el aire suave de mi canción; aqui, en mi canto.” (I hear the beating of your heart in the wings of every butterfly, in every green splendor; in the wind, in the water, in the depths of the jungle; in life or in death I hear your pulse; in my song’s soaring flight, in the soothing skies. Cristobal, I feel your pulse in the gentle air of my song; here, in my song.) Vjekoslav Sutej conducts the orchestra of Seattle Opera.

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