Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Stage

New opera by Anton Coppola, 101, highlights Opera Tampa’s 2018-2019 season

TAMPA — Last year’s lavish 100th birthday party for composer and conductor Anton Coppola might have seemed like the capstone of a long career in opera. Turns out that Opera Tampa’s co-founder was not finished.

The maestro’s latest opera, Lady Swanwhite, about a princess and her lover fleeing a tyrannical king, runs Feb. 9 in a world premiere, highlighting the 2018-2019 season announced by Opera Tampa. We’ll have lots more about the show as it approaches.

The season begins with Die Fledermaus (Nov. 30 and Dec. 2), Johann Strauss II’s lighthearted revenge comedy that gave us The Blue Danube Waltz. Joseph Mechavich, who has conducted for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Washington National Opera and many more in North America and Australia, conducts this one.

Carmen composer Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (March 15 and 17) fuses a love triangle in the world of pearl divers in the Far East. Jorge Parodi, who opened this season’s The Barber of Seville, conducts. Parodi directs the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music, and has worked as a conductor at the Buenos Aires Lirica in Argentina, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the Tsaritsynskaya Opera Theater in Volgograd, Russia.

The season closes out with Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme (April 26 and 28), the precursor to the Broadway hit RENT. The conductor is Anthony Barrese, who has worked regularly in North America and Italy.

The opera is still searching for a full-time artistic director to succeed Daniel Lipton, who resigned in July 2017. A conductor for Lady Swanwhite will be announced at a later date.

Contact the Straz Center, (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Contact Andrew Meacham at [email protected] or (727) 892-2248. Follow @torch437.

Comments
So much to like about ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

So much to like about ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

TAMPA — The latest touring Broadway show in town fails spectacularly. It’s supposed to.The Play That Goes Wrong had a full house at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts laughing almost the entire time, in a way I have never heard bef...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Last year, the arts got little state money. This year, arts groups are watching.

Last year, the arts got little state money. This year, arts groups are watching.

In March, the state slashed funding for hundreds of Florida’s arts and cultural programs by 90 percent. The dropoff came as a blow to the gut, like downsizing from two loaves of bread to one piece.After three straight years of cuts, arts nonprofit or...
Updated: 3 hours ago
What’s on stage this week: Aziz Ansari, Florida Orchestra fetes Queen, Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’

What’s on stage this week: Aziz Ansari, Florida Orchestra fetes Queen, Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’

After months of lying low, Aziz Ansari is back in the spotlight. The St. Petersburg Opera, Hat Trick Theatre and Radio Theatre Project open their seasons.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Realignment at Big Bend intersection promises safer traffic flow after construction headaches

Realignment at Big Bend intersection promises safer traffic flow after construction headaches

GIBSONTON – A new north-south road is coming to relieve traffic along U.S. 301, but making way for it promises some short-term traffic headaches for a South Shore region already stymied by congestion.The new road would run more than four miles...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘Edgar & Emily’ imagines literary legends sharing verses and souls

‘Edgar & Emily’ imagines literary legends sharing verses and souls

TAMPA — Pale candlelight and a comforter on the king-sized bed set a ghostly mood for Edgar & Emily, which Jobsite Theater has scheduled to run beyond Halloween. David Jenkins directs Joseph McDonough’s comedy, which premiered six months ago in south...
Published: 10/15/18
Where to find Tampa Bay Halloween parties, pumpkin patches and events

Where to find Tampa Bay Halloween parties, pumpkin patches and events

Experience everything from kid-friendly events to horrifying haunted houses to spooky art projects this weekend in Tampa Bay.
Published: 10/11/18
Ernest Hooper: Tampa Bay Food Fight brings chefs, foodies together for good cause

Ernest Hooper: Tampa Bay Food Fight brings chefs, foodies together for good cause

The participants will fight for bragging rights, and the chance to help aspiring culinary artists.
Published: 10/10/18
What’s on stage this week: 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' Florida Orchestra does Harry Potter

What’s on stage this week: 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' Florida Orchestra does Harry Potter

In one play, everything goes wrong on purpose. Plus, the Florida Orchestra tackles Harry Potter, and Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson meet, defying the odds.
Published: 10/10/18
Zev Buffman retires as Ruth Eckerd Hall president and CEO

Zev Buffman retires as Ruth Eckerd Hall president and CEO

After seven years as the CEO and president of Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Zev Buffman has announced his retirement. The veteran theater impresario, who turns 88 next week, made the announcement on Thursday, but said he and his wife had reached t...
Published: 10/04/18
Updated: 10/05/18
This week on stage: American Stage’s ‘Between Riverside and Crazy,’ lots of comedy

This week on stage: American Stage’s ‘Between Riverside and Crazy,’ lots of comedy

AMERICAN STAGE: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZYWalter "Pops" Johnson, a retired New York City police officer, has his hands full in Between Riverside and Crazy, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2015 Pulitzer-winning play. American Stage opens the season with L. Pet...
Published: 10/03/18