First Coast Opera, the opera company known for its extraordinary productions and captivating performances, has announced the lineup for its new season. Upcoming events feature two timeless classics — Puccini’s “La Bohème” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” — along with a trove of surprises.
“First Coast Opera is dedicated to providing audiences with exceptional entertainment and artistic experiences,” said Curtis Tucker, general and artistic director of First Coast Opera. “We believe that this season’s lineup, featuring ‘La Bohème’ and ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ will delight and inspire our patrons. With a touch of surprise woven into every performance, we aim to create unforgettable memories for all who attend.”
The season kicks off Oct. 27-28 with “Copland’s America” — dinner and a show in Celebration Hall, 5205 A1A South, St. Augustine. This event will celebrate the dean of American composers, Aaron Copland, with excerpts from his opera “The Tender Land” and “Old American Songs” while savoring a catered dinner by La Cocina International. Tickets are available at firstcoastopera.com.
Then, prepare to be swept away by the emotional power of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” a passionate tale of love and sacrifice set in the Bohemian streets of 19th-century Paris. Performances will take place Dec. 30-31 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.
As the curtain rises on this opera, audiences will be transported into a world of artistic expression, youthful fervor and heartrending melodies. Witness the tender romance between the poet Rodolfo and the delicate seamstress Mimi unfold against the backdrop of the vibrant Latin Quarter. “La Bohème” promises to be an unforgettable journey through passion, tragedy and the enduring power of human connection. Tickets are available at firstcoastopera.com.
On March 15 and 17, First Coast Opera will present “The Pirates of Penzance,” the uproarious comic operetta by the legendary duo Gilbert and Sullivan. Shows are presented at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.
Audiences will join the charming pirate apprentice Frederic on his quest to escape the pirates’ clutches, find true love and discover his own identity. Filled with witty dialogue, catchy tunes and a delightful cast of characters, this lighthearted romp promises laughter and joy for all ages. Tickets are available at firstcoastopera.com.
The Roaring ‘20s Gala will be held Feb. 14 at the Lightner Museum.
Founded in January 2000 and based in St. Augustine, First Coast Opera serves Northeast Florida’s First Coast region through a series of concerts and staged productions of operas and operettas. Performances feature guest artists from throughout the United States performing alongside local and regional talent. Go to firstcoastopera.com or call 904-417-5555 for more information and to purchase tickets.