At Sunshine Cathedral, WPB church
By Carol Carnevale
Join Opera Fusion for two performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium, a haunting tale of Madame Flora, a fake fortune teller who becomes unhinged when she meets up with the supernatural.
The eerie plot includes sham seances in which Madam Flora’s guests think they’re communicating with deceased loved ones, as well as a phantom, a medium meltdown, a dark lullaby, a puppet theater, a confession, and a shooting.
The opera, sung in English, has two 30-minute acts. For added fun, the company invites guests to come in their favorite costume or mask. At a post-show reception of wine and nibbles, Madame Flora will foretell and proclaim a costume contest winner. The prize will be two tickets to a future Opera Fusion show.
Performances of The Medium will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 500 Spencer Drive, West Palm Beach. Tickets, at $30 for either show, are available at OperaFusion.org and at the door.
Birgit Djupedal Fioravante, soprano and executive director of South Florida company Opera Fusion, will star as Madame Flora. Singing the role of her daughter, Monica, will be Kyaunnee Richardson, a soprano and veteran of many Opera Fusion performances. Musical director for The Medium is Gordon Roberts. The stage, set, and lighting designer is Ardean Landhuis.
Menotti (1911-2007) wrote both the words and music for The Medium. His many other works include Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Consul, The Saint of Bleecker Street, and Help, Help, the Globolinks!
Opera Fusion was born in 2014 to fill a void in the arts community in South Florida to provide high-quality opera at an affordable price and featuring local artists. It aims to build new audiences by introducing new generations to the beauty and expressiveness of the human voice and the operatic art form in all its many facets.
The company has performed previously at Sunshine Cathedral, including its 2017 and 2018 Emerging Artists Programs and its 2016 debut of portions of its world premiere of Not In My Town, spotlighting numbers from the story of LGBTQ activist Romaine Patterson and Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in Wyoming. Composer and librettist of Not In My Town was Michael Ross and conductor was Gordon Roberts. The full opera was performed at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center and at the University Theatre at Florida Atlantic University.
Now in its fifth season, Opera Fusion’s other performances have included two musical reviews, “The Sopranos: An Opera You Can’t Refuse” and “Duelling Divas;” a full production of “Bluebeard’s Castle;” and two concerts at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.
The Medium, an eerie operatic tale by Gian Carlo Menotti, presented in English, in two 30-minute acts
Friday, October 26, 8PM Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, October 28, 7PM Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 500 Spencer Drive, West Palm Beach
$30 OperaFusion.org and at the door