Broadcast live this December, a Met Opera premiere by Mary Zimmerman will bring the mystical realm of the Amazon to Milford Haven’s Torch Theatre.

Met Opera Florencia En El Amazonas will be an early Christmas present for opera lovers.

Sung in Spanish and inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez, Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera focuses on an opera diva, Florencia Grimaldi. Starring soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia, she returns to her native Brazil to perform and to search for her lost lover, who has vanished into the jungle.

The distinguished ensemble of artists portraying the diva’s fellow travellers on the river boat to Manaus features Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his enigmatic first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Álvaro, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium.

The MET Opera: Florencia En Al Amazonas will be broadcast live at the Torch Theatre on Saturday, December 9 at 5.55pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office at the Torch Theatre on 01646 695267 or visit