Hispanic-American Lyrical Theatre   
George Mattox - Executive Director












Performing History Highlights


2016/2017 Performing Arts Season


Miami Dade-County Auditorium

November 20, 2016

The Hispanic-American Lyric Theater in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Auditorium presents the innaugural concert of Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami. Directed by Carlos Guerra

and Jennifer Kronenberg former principal dancers with Miami City Ballet, the program features dazzling choreography by Tara Lee, Yanis Pikieris and Septime Webre.

Tickets: $35 (General Admission)



Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center

April 27, 2017

An unforgettable evening of the best of Contemporary Operas performed by graduate students

from the University of Miami and FIU. Among the scenes to be performed are Menotti's "The Medium",

"The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore and "Knoxville Summer" of 1916 by Samuel Barber.

Free Admission


ZARZUELA (The Lyric Music of Spain)

Miami-Dade County Auditorium - On Stage Black Box Theater

April 28, 2017

An evening of scenes from such beloved zarzuelas as "El Gato Montes", "Luisa Fernanda", "La Tempranica",

"La Verbena de la Paloma" and others. A cast of eight singers, flamenco dancers and chorus, will delight the

audience with a display of  "Spanish passion".

Tickets: $20 (General Admission) - $10 (students/day of event)


Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center

July 8 & 9, 2017

In order to offer young outstanding singers and dancers in Miami-Dade professional experience in their respective fields,

HALT will present a week-end of memorable music featuring scenes from Lehar's last operetta: "Giuditta", "A Night in Venice"

by Strauss and "The Gondoliers" by Gilbert and Sullivan. The dance segment will feature dances from the zarzuelas "The Gondoliers",

"Alma de Dios" and the operetta "Die Fledermaus" by J. Strauss.

Tickets: $20 (General Admission) - $10 (students)


2015/2016 Performing Arts Season

FIU-Wertheim Performing Arts

October 8, 2015

Under the Artistic Direction of Dr. Kathryn Longo, the FIU Concert Choir presents the American Premiere of "Misa Buenos Aires" by Argentinian composer Martin Palmieri. The program also includes works by Johannes Brahms, Pablo Casals and Paul Basler's "Gloria" from Missa Kenya. The program is a co-production with the FIU School of Music.  Free admisssion


Miami-Dade County Auditorium-On Stage Black Box Theater

October 25, 2015

Scenes from the operetta "The New Moon" by S. Romberg, "Guiditta" by F. Lehar, "Candide" by L. Bernstein and "Rosalinda" by G. Mattox together with selections from popular zarzuelas. The program features outstanding professional young singers and dancers.


FIU-Wertheim Performing Arts Center/Recital Hall

January 24, 2016

Lecture/Recital with Video Presentation of one of the great 20th century Vocal Chamber Works composed by Samuel Barber and based on the poem "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" by the

American poet James Agee. Rebekah Smeltzer, Soprano                                           




Steinway Piano Gallery, Coral Gables

April 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Music by H-Villa-Lobos, E. Lecuona, S. Barber, A. Ginastera, G. Gershwin. Performed by pianists Joao Campos,

David Escalana, Redi Lupa, Priscilla Navarro

Free Admission



(Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela)

Miami Dade-County Auditorium - On Stage Black Box Theater

May 22, 2016 - 3:00 PM

This musical program will feature outstanding young professional singers performing scenes

from the opera "The Barber of Seville" by G. Rossini, "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi and the operettas

"The Student Prince" by S. Romberg and "Czardaprincess" by K. Kalman. The program will

end with Zarzuela selections. Tickets: $20 & $10 Students/Day of Event



(Spanish Zarzuela by P. Sorozabal)

(The Girl With the Roses)

Miami Dade-County Auditorium

July 23 & 24, 2016

The zarzuela takes place in Madrid just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

and deals with life of ordinary people in the capital. The flower girl, Asucion, unfairly suspects that

the man she loves, Joaquin, has dishonorable intentions toward her. She decides to leave but he persists

in letting her know his true feelings towards her and the zarzuela ends in a happy note.

The production will feature singers, dancers and orchestra.



2014/2015 Performing Arts Season


Master Classes

Florida International University

FIU Opera Theater

November 12 - 26, 2014. Master Classes with renowned choreographer Rosa Mercedes, of   Florida Grand Opera. The free master classes will explore basic and advanced movement  techniques for Opera students and will help singers understand how the "complete body" is used to create a beleivable character on the Opera stage.

Free admission

Original Opera Series

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 3 PM

Free admission

The Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre will present a Concert Version

with narration of the original opera "Pearl" by composer Amy Scurria

and Libretto by Carol Gilligan. The concert will also feature scenes from

the original opera "The Portrait" by Daniel Manoiu and George Mattox.

Cast members include soprano Sarah Payne and tenor Edgar Abreu.

For Information Call: 305-596-5352


The Count of Luxemburg

Operetta by Franz Lehar

Miami Dade County Auditorium

Saturday, March 28 (8:00pm) - Sunday, March 29 (3:00pm)

The Hispanic-American Lyric Theatre  will present the popular operetta

in collaboration with Pro-Arte Gratelli. Conducted by renowned conductor

Marlene Urbay, the operetta will feature over 30 singers, ballet and orchestra.


Opera Scenes

First United Methodist Church of Miami

400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Saturday, June 20 - 8:00pm

Featuring some of the best young talent in Miami, we will present scenes

from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and

Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman".


An Afternoon of Zarzuelas

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center

August 16 - 3:00pm

To finalize our 2014-2015 season we will perform scenes from various

Spanish and Cuban Zarzuelas. Among the works to be presented are "Los Gavilanes"  (The Hawks), "El Ultimo Romantico" (The Last Romantic) and "Doña Francisquita", among others.


2013 Performing Arts Season

Amahl & The Night Visitors
A Christmas Opera by Gian Carlo Menotti
(Co-production with Orchestra Miami)
Trail Theater, 3714 S.W. 8th St., Coral Gables -
Jan 6
2:00pm - Performance in English
4:00pm - Performance in Spanish
Tickets: $20 - $40
For tickets:  (305) 274-2103

Glitter and be Gay
Scenes from Contemporary American Operas
"Candide", "The Ballad of Baby Doe". "Susannah".
FIU-Werthheim Performing Arts Ctr., 10910 S.W. 17 St
3:00pm.  Free admission.
- Jan 26

Zarzuela - "La Verbena de la Paloma" ( The Fair of the Dove)  Music by Tomas Breton.
Soloists, Chorus, Ballet, Orchestra
(Co-Production with Pro Arte Gratelli)
Miami Dade County Auditorium -  July 27 at 8:00pm
Tickets:  $20 - $40                          July 28 at 3:00pm

Dance Creative
( Co-Production with Miami Youth Ballet)
A Choreographic Showcase and free Master Classes
3 public performances -
Sept TBA

Scenes from Spanish Operas  -  Sept 24
"El Gato Montés", "Marina", "La Vida Breve"
Hialeah High School Auditorium, 251 East 4th St.,Hialeah

2012 Performing Arts Season


Carnival of the Animals

A multimedia ballet about endangered species and the environment

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center -  May 2

A co-production with  Miami Youth Ballet 

Music: Mathew Pierce

Choreography: Yanis Pikieris and David Palmer


An evening of Bel Canto Arias & Verdi Operas

Miami Dade County Auditorium - Black Box -  June 29

The Concert featured renowned opera singers performing scenes from the Bel Canto repetoire and Verdi operas.


La Tempranica -  Spanish Zarzuela by G. Gimenez

Miami Dade County Auditorium - 

A co-production with Pro Arte Grateli

This Zarzuela takes place in Granada where María, a gipsy girl has been passionately attached to the rich landowner Don Luis but accepting that he will never wed her agrees to marry another man. "La Tempranica" was also the main inspiration for spanish great composer Manuel de Falla when he composed "La Vida Breve".


2011 Performing Arts Season

Choreographic Showcase

(A collaboration with Miami Youth Ballet)
The Colony Theater, Miami Beach - Feb 20
Mozart Under the Moonlight - March 9
Banyan Bowl - Pinecrest Garden
Co-production with Orchestra Miami
Guest Soloist:  Susana Diaz (soprano)

Italian Serenade

Hialeah High School Auditorium - March 12

Roca Theater - March 13

Guest Artists:

Jennifer Tipton (soprano)

Lievens Castillo, Angelo Marchese, Luis Riopedre (Tenors)Florida Chamber Orchestra

Marlene Urbay, Music Director


Zarzuela Program -
Biscayne Bay Marriott Hotel - May 6th
Featuring soprano Maria Antunez (finalist at the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Audition),
Nelson Martinez (baritone), Anzeina Gonzalez (soprano) and Luis Riopedre
Summer Music/Dance Festival
FIU-Wertheim Performing Arts Center - June 3 -5
(A week-end of music, dance and opera)
For more information call: (305) 596-5352

Gran Gala Lírica  (Lyric Gala)
Miami Dade County Auditorium - December 4
Scenes from popular Spanish/Cuban Zarzuelas and Operettas performed by renowned singers,
Mabel Ledo, Nelson Martinez, Susana D
íaz, Angel Marchese, Maureen Colón, Jorge Antonio Pita
and ballet danceers Susie Leandro and Adriana Lopez.
Orchestra conducte by maestro Jesus Ruspoli.

Holyday Armonia 2011
Gusman Concert Hall
/University of Miami - Dec 17
A Holyday Music Concert featuring opera selections and Songs of the Season
Jorge Antonio Pita (tenor), Susana Díaz (soprano), Mabel Ledo (mezzo-soprano), Diego Banner (bass),
Nelson Martinez (baritone), Sergio Puig (piano)


2010 Performing Arts Season
Voices for Haiti Benefit Concert
Coral Gables Congregational Church - Feb 21
(Co- producer of fund raising concert to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  The event raised over $3,000 and funds were given to the American Red Cross.  The concert featured well known local opera singers, and the Miami Children's Choir.)
Lyric Scenes
FIU-Wertheim Performing Arts Center/Concert Hall - May 23
The concert featured the Florida Chamber Orchestra conducted by renowned conductor Marlene Urbay, tenor Lievens Castillo and Dale Kitchell, sopranos Ravenna Maer, Joanne Martinez, Susana Diaz, Anna Hersey, mezzo soprano Jennifer Maurel and dancer Stephan Fons in a program of opera and zarzuela scenes.
Opera Highlights
Barry University - Gesu Chapel - June 27
Artists:  Lievens Castillo (tenor) - Joanne Martinez (soprano) - Mark Antonio Villers (tenor)

Shakespeare Goes to the Opera
Coral Gables Congregational Church - September 26
(A collaboration with the Shakespeare Miami, the program featured famous scenes acted by actors of Shakespeare Miami and then sung by well known local singers.  The program included scenes from "Romeo & Juliet", "Hamlet", "Macbeth" "Othello", "Taming of the Shrew", among others.

2009 Performing Arts Season


"Unforgettable Love Melodies"

Florida Chamber Orchestra

(Love themes from Operas, Broadway and the Movies)

Westland Hialeah High School - Feb. 21

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater - Feb. 22


 "Tutto Puccini"

(Interactive show of sound and projections of the great Italian composer)

Colony Theater, Miami Beach - March 15

Sandra López, soprano - Susana Díaz, soprano - Eduardo Alarden, tenor 

Nelson Martinez, baritone - Cristiano Manzoni, Music Director.


"Amalia Batista" - (Cuban Zarzuela)

Music by Rodrigo Prat

Miami-Dade County Auditorium - June 6 & 7

(Co-production with Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli)  


"Choreographic Workshop"

(A collaboration with the Miami Youth Ballet)

Mandelstam Theater -  Sept 26

2008 Performing Arts Season

The Spanish Lyric Theater

Riviera Plaza Theater, Miami


"The Count of Luxembourg"

Operetta by Franz Lehar

Miami-Dade County Auditorium


2nd Annual Choreographic Showcase

Miami Youth Ballet

Mandelstam Theater, Miami


2007 Performing Arts Season


"La Rosa del Azafrán(The Saffron Rose)

Zarzuela de Jacinto Guerrero

Miami - Dade County Auditorium


Lyric Afternoon  ( Zarzuela and Operetta Highlights)

Hialeah High School Auditorium

Hialeah,  Florida


"Rosalinda"   World Premiere Opera/Ballet

Music by George Mattox and José Ramón Urbay

Choreography by Yanis Pikieris

Miami Youth Ballet

Ophelia / Juan Roca Theater. Miami.


2006 Performing Arts Season


Eglise Gutierrez in Concert

(Internationally renowned Soprano)

Florida Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marlene Urbay

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Miami


Festivo Italiano

Music by Felix Mendelssohn

Choreography by Tony Catanzaro

Ballet Theater of Miami

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater, Miami


A Gala of Opera Favorites

Florida Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marlene Urbay

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater, Miami


The World of Operetta

(Highlights from "The Merry Widow", "The New Moon",

"Die Fledermaus", others.)

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater, Miami


2005 Performing Arts Season


Sounds of Cuba

(Classical Sound of Cuban Music)

Florida Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marlene Urbay

North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater


Opera/Ballet Scenes

(Scenes from "Faust", "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Lakme".

"La Favorite" Ballet.

Ballet Theater of Miami


Spanish and Cuban Zarzuela Highlights

("Luisa Fernanda", "Maria la O", "Cecilia Valdes", others)

Ballet Sequences staged by Rosario Suarez

Manuel Artime Theater, Miami


2004 Performing Arts Season


"Le Cid",   Ballet - Music by J. Massenet

"Don Carlos" , Ballet - Music by G. Verdi

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater, Miami


Grand Ballet Gala

Rosario Suarez Ballet

Florida Chamber Orchestra

"Paquita", "Grand Pas de Quatre", "Balck Swan"

Manuel Artime Theater, Miami

Ophelia & Juan Roca Theater, Miami


Scenes from the American musical Theater

"Carousel:, "Show Boat", "Porgy & Bess", "Eileen".

Dave & Mary Alpert Theater , Miami


Cuban Musical Memories

Florida Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Marlene Urbay & José Ramón Urbay

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Miami


2003 Performing Arts Season


Ballet Masterpieces

"Don Quixote", (Highlights) - Music by L. Minkus

"Le Cid", Ballet - Music by J. Massenet

Scenes from the Opera "Carmen" by G. Bizet

North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater


2002 Performing Arts Season


A Verdi Celebration

Scenes from "A Masked Ball", 'Rigoletto", "Otello".

"Ballet The Four Seasons" - Ballet Theater of Miami


Zarzuela Highlights

Scenes from "La Dogaresca", "Bohemios", "Los Gavilanes".

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Miami


Two Zarzuela Masterpieces

Scenes from "El Barberillo de Lavapies", "Marina".

Yamaha Concert Hall, Miami


Opera/Ballet Highlights

Scenes from "Faust", "Romeo and Juliet", "Rigoletto".

 "La Favorite" Ballet - Ballet Theater of Miami

Florida International University - Main Stage Theater


2001 Performing Arts Season


Opera Scenes

"Le Cid", Ballet

Colony Theater, Miami Beach

Florida International University - Main Stage Theater


"Rosalinda"  (Workshop Production)

Music by George Mattox

Florida International University - Studio Theater


2000 Performing Arts Season


Opera/Zarzuela Highlights

Mercy Hall Auditorium, Hialeah


Hispanic Heritage Month Concert

Scenes from Spanish and Cuban Zarzuelas

(Featuring Soprano Elizabeth Caballero)

Ballet Etudes of South Florida

St, Thomas University, Miami


1999 Performing Arts Season


Ballet/Opera Showcase

Opera and Ballet Scenes

"Cecilia Valdes", "Swan Lake"' 'West Side Story".

Ballet Etudes of South Florida

Barbara Goleman High School Auditorium


1998 Performing Arts Season


Scenes from the Opera & Ballet "Manon".

Music by J. Massenet

Guest Artists: Jessica Mylene, Dawn Fontana, William Baierbach

Florida International University

Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Miami




































































































































































































































































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