Opera Tampa announces return of shows at the Straz Center in 2022

The works of Offenbach, Puccini, Mascagni and Gilbert and Sullivan will be featured starting Feb. 11.
Opera Tampa, which presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in January of 2020, will bring the show back to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in March of 2022.
Opera Tampa, which presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in January of 2020, will bring the show back to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in March of 2022. [ Courtesy of Will Staples ]
Published April 22, 2021|Updated April 22, 2021

Opera Tampa on Thursday announced the return of grand opera to the Straz Center, featuring classic works such as The Pirates of Penzance and operas by Offenbach, Puccini and Mascagni.

In addition to the three mainstage performances coming next spring, the Opera Tampa season will incorporate a variety of special events, including performances by the Opera Tampa Singers, pre- and post-performance receptions, the popular open rehearsals and the informative Discover Opera programs.

“We have such a delightful opera season to look forward to for 2022,” said Judy Lisi, Straz Center president and Opera Tampa general director. “As the grand opera company of Tampa Bay, we can’t wait to get back to producing world-class opera on our world-class stage.”

Health and safety information is changing rapidly, the organization noted. “So, measures which are in place now could look very different in the fall,” a news release said. “We will always consult with our partners at Tampa General as we develop our health protocols.”

The Straz Center’s current plan includes temperature checks and masks for staff and guests. A top-of-the-line HVAC system was installed, as were disinfecting and sanitizing equipment and touchless systems in all areas including ticketing, food and beverage and even the restrooms.

The shows will all be held in Ferguson Hall. The lineup is:

The Tales of Hoffman: Jaques Offenbach’s final masterpiece features some of opera’s most beautiful music. E.T.A. Hoffmann tells the great tales of his three great loves, a mechanical doll named Olympia, a young singer with a weak heart named Antonia and a courtesan named Giulietta. Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.

The Pirates of Penzance: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s swashbuckling slapstick from the masters of satirical theater. March 11 at 8 p.m., March 13 at 2 p.m.

Gianni Schicchi and Cavalleria Rusticana: The works of Giacomo Puccini and composer Pietro Mascagni are displayed a program that begins with the comedically sinister Gianni Schicchi. Based on the 30th canto of Dante’s Inferno, the opera boasts some of Puccini’s most memorable work. The second part of the presentation is Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, the story of crossed lovers Turiddu and Lola who have been separated by war and reunited by their secret affair. April 22 at 8 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m.

Current Opera Tampa season ticket holders will receive renewal invoices the week of May 3 and must renew by June 4 to guarantee their seats. Patrons also can sign up beginning May 3 to become new season ticket holders.

Prices for the three-show season package range from $90 to $331.62. For information, call the Straz Center ticket office at 813-229-7827 or visit Individual opera tickets will go on sale at a later date.