BOIL AND BUBBLE: MACBETH
One thing you can say for Macbeth, Shakespeare’s murderous Scottish army commander who would be king: At least he has a conscience. Mark Rucker sings the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, Opera Tampa’s last show of the season. The baritone, who last starred here in Rigoletto, has gained insight and empathy with Shakespeare’s most eloquent villain through multiple productions.
"He struggles," Rucker told the Times. "He spends an enormous amount of time in the opera trying to deal with what he has done, trying to convince himself that this is okay. Most people don’t think of themselves as evil. They think what they’re doing is justifiable. He’s one of the few who is trying to deal with demons who keep showing up, these ghosts."
Jill Gardner, a Southeast Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, sings Lady Macbeth, a role she also played with the Michigan Opera Theater and Chautauqua Opera.
8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $73.75 and up. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.
NEW IN TOWN: ELIM CHAN
Two impressive musicians, the conductor and soloist, debut with the Florida Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26, also known as the "Coronation." Conductor Elim Chan is the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition. Chan entered Smith College planning to study medicine before switching to music. She served as assistant conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra two years ago, then worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a Dudamel Fellowship. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $15 to $45. (727) 892-5798. floridaorchestra.org.
Louis Schwizgebel, the soloist in the Mozart concerto, will give a piano master class at 10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Tampa, Sykes Chapel, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. The event is free. RSVP by email to Daryn Bauer at [email protected]
BILINGUAL: IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Stageworks Theatre is rolling out a production about women and revolution, in English and Spanish. In the Time of the Butterflies, or En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, follows the Mirabal sisters, who resisted the rule of Gen. Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. This is the first time Stageworks has produced productions in Spanish. The entire cast is bilingual.
"Latino and Hispanic communities are almost a third of the population here and we really don’t do them much justice," said Karla Hartley, Stageworks’ producing artistic director. "We want to bring in their work and let people hear it the way they need to hear it, which might be in Spanish."
Performances in Spanish are Saturday and April 20-21, with two shows in Spanish on April 28. Runs Friday through April 29. 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $45 opening night, $30 hand $35 other dates. (813) 374-2416. For showtimes, go to stageworkstheatre.org.
ROMANTIC COMEDY: BAGGAGE
Two airline passengers with identical luggage, Phyllis and Bradley, mistakenly retrieve each other’s bags at the airport. His sense of victimhood and her snooping turn the exchange into an ordeal, but also spark an unlikely romance in Sam Bobrick’s comedy Baggage. Ricky Wayne directs the Heather Theatre’s first show of the season, starring Margaret Murphy and Seth Goodfellow. Runs Friday through April 28. 8313 W Hillsborough Ave., Suite 250. $25. For showtimes, go to heathertheatre.org.