Request Info

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”

Music: Michael Dellaira
Libretto: J. D. McClatchy
Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
Stage Director: Jeffrey Buchman
Music Director: Alan Johnson
Based on the 1958 novel, Il Gattopardo, by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, which later became a 1963 epic historical drama film directed and co-written by Luchino Visconti.

The Frost School of Music
The World Premiere of

The Leopard

(Il Gattopardo)
March 5 and 6, 2022
3:00 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, Florida 33189

Meet the Cast

Featured Links

Don Fabrizio Corbera (a.k.a. The Leopard)

MET Opera Star

Stella, Princess of Salina

MET Opera Star

Cavaliere Chevalley di Monterzuolo, Prefecture secretary

MET Opera Star

Concetta: Margarita Parsamyan
Caterina: Abby Guido
Carolina: Mia Flora
Tancredi Falconeri: Minghao Liu

Count Cavriaghi: Kevin Gwinn
Mademoiselle Dombreuil: Leah Torres
Don Calogero Sedàra: Thando Mamba

Angelica: Yaqi Yang
Don Onofrio Rotolo: Nick Skotzko
Francesco Paolo: Caroline Morales Mejia

Servants and Villagers: Frost Opera Theater Chorus

For the full cast list, please click here.

The Story

The opera is based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957), a Sicilian aristocrat who chronicled the changes in Sicily during the revolutionary times of the Italian Risorgimento. Lampedusa’s protagonist is Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, and known as "The Leopard" for his commanding personality. A member of an impoverished aristocracy, soon to be obsolete, the Prince reluctantly adjusts to the modern world to guarantee his family’s future – and in doing so, sacrifices the happiness of one of them.

Frost Opera Theater and Frost Symphony Orchestra premiere this third opera collaboration by composer Michael Dellaira and poet/librettist J. D. McClatchy, completed shortly before the passing of Mr. McClatchy in 2018. Their previous operatic collaborations included The Secret Agent (2011) and The Death of Webern (2013). 

The latter opera was recorded at the Frost School of Music to critical acclaim in 2015 and released on Albany Records in 2016. Music by Michael Dellaira and Libretto by J. D. McClatchy.

For the full list of production credits, click here.

Read our press release here.

Featured Links

Countdown to the World Premiere of The Leopard

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and Assistive Listening Devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in an accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314,, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).