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Opera Tampa's next season includes 'Madama Butterfly,' 'Rigoletto'

Even if you're not an opera buff, you've probably heard of the selections Opera Tampa has lined up for the 2014-2015 Florida Opera Festival, announced today. They're some of the most popular operas in history.

Puccini's Madama Butterfly will come to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts March 13 and 15, 2015. The extravagant opera takes place in turn of the century Japan, when an American naval officer marries a geisha named Cio-Cio-San. Puccini rewrote his soaring masterpiece, filled with romance and tragedy, five times before perfecting it. The cast includes Korean-born lyric soprano Yunah Lee in the title role.

Verdi's Rigoletto will come to the big stage at Morsani Hall next Feb. 13-15. It's a seedy, revenge-filled departure from Madama Butterfly, with court jester Rigoletto and his beautiful daughter getting caught up in the lives of an oversexed Duke, a scorned husband and a hit man.

For Opera Tampa's 20th season, the third with artistic director Daniel Lipton at the helm, a mix of established and new singers will visit the area. The opera promises a major soloist (the name is still a secret). And on Jan. 11, 2015, four emerging vocalists will perform favorite pieces for Opera Tampa New Voices. It's billed as a "meet them before they're famous" event.

Bonus: If you're an Opera Tampa subscriber, you'll have a chance to get seats for the Straz's production of Phantom of the Opera (Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, 2015) before they go on sale to the general public.

For information and tickets, call (813) 229-7827 or visit operatampa.org.

Stephanie Hayes can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8716.

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