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Florida Opera Festival presents La Boheme at the Straz Center

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Julia Koci (center) as Oscar and Mark Walters as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples Julia Koci (center) as Oscar and Mark Walters as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples
Mark Walters (Renato) and Michele Capalbo (Amelia) Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples Mark Walters (Renato) and Michele Capalbo (Amelia) Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples
Michele Capalbo (Amelia) and John Pickle (Riccardo) in Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples Michele Capalbo (Amelia) and John Pickle (Riccardo) in Un Ballo in Maschera -- photo by Will Staples
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In the movie Moonstruck, Nicolas Cage's character, Ronny says to Cher in a breathy desperate voice "Come with me to the opera."  He admits he's fallen in love but agrees to not see her again--if she will go to the opera with him that night, because then he would have had the two things he loves most, the opera and Cher's character, Loretta. She agrees to meet him.  The opera, La Bohéme.  The setting, New York City's Metropolitan Opera House.  But, what if you want to ignite that same passion in say Tampa, Florida?  Is it possible?  You bet your cannolis it is. 

In its 18th season, Opera Tampa began stirring the emotions of Opera enthusiasts in January of this year with the debut of the Florida Opera Festival.  Opera Tampa promises that the upcoming months will be exciting, vibrant and filled with grand opera, beautiful music and an assortment of fun-filled events to delight both opera aficionados and opera newcomers alike.

Just as in the movie Moonstruck, the air in Tampa is cool. A perfect time to visit the Straz Center with your loved one for Puccini's La Bohéme.  With some of the most beautiful and best-known arias in all of opera, La Bohéme's score evokes the high romance of 19th century Paris where a candle flickers out, tentative hands meet in the dark, and a rapturous duet soars under the moonlight. So popular, that in 1946 Arturo Toscanini conducted a performance of La Bohéme on radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra.   A standard in the Italian opera repertory, La Bohéme is a tale of young Parisians who live an exuberant bohemian existence, surviving on love and laughter. A poet discovers true love with a lovely, fragile seamstress. A painter and a vivacious cabaret singer rediscover their on-again, off-again passion. Surrounded by the evocative rooftops, cafés and garrets of Paris, these lively bohemians and their companions experience exhilarating joy and irretrievable loss.

So if you are looking for a way to re-ignite an old flame or spark a new one like Ronny and Loretta in Moonstruck, you cannot miss Giacomo Puccini's La Bohéme at the Carol Morsani Hall in the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.  Join Daniel Lipton as he conducts an international cast, plus the Opera Tampa Chorus and Orchestra.

Performances are March 7, 9 & 10.  Check out http://www.strazcenter.org/ for show times and ticket prices.

  

 

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