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Stage planner: St. Pete Opera opens, Katt Williams comes to Tampa, Florida Orchestra does 'Final Fantasy'




The Abduction from the Seraglio, regarded by the St. Petersburg Opera as an under-appreciated gem, is the opening production for the company this weekend.

Mozart debuted the opera in 1782 in Vienna as Die Entführung aus dem Serail, earning him the emperor's now infamous advice, as depicted in the movie, Amadeus: "There are simply too many notes. … Cut a few and it will be perfect."

The piece, which centers on two men rescuing their girlfriends from a harem, has been admired for its complexity and emotional subtlety. Soprano Alexandra Batsios, as Konstanze, has starred numerous times in recent years at the Palm Beach Opera and Sarasota Opera. David Salsbery Fry, a bass-baritone, won glowing reviews in 2013 after he stepped in on short notice to play the lead in Rossini's Mose in Egitto with the New York City Opera. The Abduction from the Seraglio will be sung in German with English surtitles and English dialogue.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theatre, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $22-$67. (727) 823-2040.




Comedian Katt Williams is one comedian who understands the need to be himself, unabashedly and no matter who likes it or doesn't.

The Comedy Central regular and cast member of Scary Movie V returns to the USF Sun Dome, part of his "Conspiracy Theory" national tour. It's probably a good bet for the comedian, who drew 4,000 fans to the Sun Dome in 2014 despite being a no-show a year earlier over "travel issues."

Williams has landed in jail several times over the past several years, charged in 2014 (with Suge Knight) with robbery of a celebrity photographer's camera, as well as other charges over the years of burglary, assault and child endangerment.

A mixture of defiance and humility helps keep fans in the seats.

"Just hit the blunt one time and see if it don't change your perception on what's important in your life," he has told appreciative crowds.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $47-$57. (813) 974-3004.




Stageworks Theatre presents a revised take on The Scarlet Letter with In the Blood, opening this weekend. The play by Suzan-Lori Parks follows an illiterate homeless woman and her five children by five different men.

"Some of us might say, 'Well, that's not me so I can't relate,'" said Fanni Green, the show's director. "But there are things she experiences that we can also relate to. Many of us can relate to being lonely and wanting love. Many of us can relate to trying to make ends meet, feeling invisible or ignored."

The show runs Friday through Feb. 21 at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30 (opening night $40). (813) 374-2416.




The Florida Orchestra is reaching out to younger audiences, including fans of video games. Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy signals a new age of home entertainment, in which customers clamor for sound systems that make them feel every rumble, roar and note. Arnie Roth will conduct. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $25-$95. (727) 892-5798.

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