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Opera Tampa goes outdoors for 2020-2021 season

All performances will happen on the Straz Center’s Riverwalk Stage.
Opera Tampa will perform their 2020-21 season on the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor Riverwalk Stage.
Opera Tampa will perform their 2020-21 season on the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor Riverwalk Stage. [ ROB HARRIS | Courtesy of Rob Harris ]
Published Dec. 10, 2020

As coronavirus case numbers rise, the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts continues to pivot in the way they present performances. The center announced that Opera Tampa’s revised 2020-2021 season will be performed on the outdoor Riverwalk Stage.

The series will be called Opera Tampa Live on the Riverwalk and will be “thoughtfully staged” for safety. Individual tickets go on sale on Monday, Dec. 28 and are available for $50 for a table that seats up to four; $37.50 for a table that seats up to three; and $25 for a table that seats up to two. Tables have been configured for social distancing.

“As we look toward the fast-approaching new year, we have been contemplating the further effects of the coronavirus on the upcoming opera season and are determined to bring our audiences a safe season which we know we can deliver,” Opera Tampa general director and Straz Center president and CEO Judy Lisi said in a press release.

Judy Lisi, Opera Tampa general director and Straz Center president and CEO
Judy Lisi, Opera Tampa general director and Straz Center president and CEO [ Courtesy of the Straz Center ]

Lisi said the center had success with the performances they have been presenting on the Riverwalk Stage since October. Jobsite Theater presented the romp The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Opera Tampa scheduled several performances, including the upcoming Christmas concert, Home for the Holidays on Dec. 26-27.

The previously announced performances of The Pirates of Penzance, Il Trovatore and Madama Butterfly have been canceled. In their place are Gilbert vs. Sullivan, an abridged take on Verdi’s Il Trovatore and a reimagined concert version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

This reimagined and rescheduled season will include:

Gilbert vs. Sullivan (Jan. 22-24, 2021): From The Pirates of Penzance to H.M.S. Pinafore, a celebration of one of the best-known composer/lyricist pairings in opera history.

Valentine’s Engagement (Feb. 12-14, 2021): In honor of Valentine’s Day, romantic songs from opera, Broadway and beyond — including Gian Carlo Menotti’s rarely performed The Telephone.

Troubadour’s Tale (March 19-21, 2021): This abridged take on Verdi’s Il Trovatore brings drama, revenge, regret and the hope of everlasting love.

Butterfly’s Flight (April 22-25, 2021): The immortal tragedy of Puccini’s beloved opera, Madama Butterfly, is reimagined in a narrated concert version.

Those who purchased season tickets for the original 2020-2021 Opera Tampa season will be contacted by a Straz Center representative with options for rescheduling, exchanging, refunds or donations.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 813-229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org.