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A trio of opera picks in Sarasota, Tarpon Springs, Ybor City

Madama Butterfly

Sarasota Opera's fall production opens Friday, with soprano Asako Tamura in the title role of Madama Butterfly. Other principals in the Puccini classic are Rafael Davila as U.S. Navy officer Pinkerton, Marco Nistico as American consul Sharpless and Nina Yoshida Nelsen as Butterfly's servant Suzuki. Artistic director Victor DeRenzi conducts, and Martha Collins directs the Sarasota production that premiered in 2007. Six performances through Nov. 15 at the opera house, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. $19-$125. (941) 328-1300; sarasotaopera.org.

Life of a Nightingale

Soprano Julia Coulmas pays homage to Brazilian diva Bidu Sayao (1904-1999) in Life of a Nightingale. Sayao was a star at the Metropolitan Opera in lyric and coloratura roles in the 1930s and '40s. Her performances of Mimi in La Boheme, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and Violetta in La Traviata were especially lauded. Coulmas' concert is at 8 tonight at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 Pinellas Ave. $10, $14. (727) 942-5605; tarponarts.org.

St. Petersburg Opera

Stephanie Barnett Sager, a soprano who has sung with St. Petersburg Opera (she covered Donna Anna in Don Giovanni) performs arias from La Boheme with musicians from the company's orchestra in a program Sunday afternoon in Ybor City. SPO artistic director Mark Sforzini, also a bassoonist, will play with a group that includes Sarah Shellman, violin; Fred Gratta, cello; Clay Ellerbroek, flute; and Brent Douglas, piano. Sforzini the composer will be represented by Voyages of Life, a four-movement piece inspired by a series of paintings by Thomas Cole. Rand Snell's After-party will receive its premiere. The show is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mainstage Theatre on the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College, E Palm Avenue and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba). $5, $15. (813) 259-6490.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

A trio of opera picks in Sarasota, Tarpon Springs, Ybor City 10/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 5:30am]
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