Opera Tampa, the resident company of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, has announced a partnership with the Florida Orchestra for the 2022 season.
The announcement was made by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center and Director of Opera Tampa, and Mark Cantrell, CEO of the Florida Orchestra.
The orchestra will provide live music at Ferguson Hall for the previously announced 2022 opera season, which includes the Offenbach show The Tales of Hoffmann and Gilbert and Sullivan The pirates of Penzance. Michael Francis, Music Director of the Florida Orchestra, will conduct Puccini’s dual program Gianni Schicchi and Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana.
“At Opera Tampa, we are delighted to collaborate with the Florida Orchestra,” Lisi said in a press release. “The partnership between our two organizations makes so much sense – artistically, financially and from a community relations perspective. “
She went on to say that she was “thrilled” that Francis is leading the double bill, which she said “promises to be a highlight of the season.”
Francis was equally enthusiastic in his statement in the release.
“This partnership is a wonderful time for Tampa Bay’s vibrant arts scene. Bringing these two great institutions together will further strengthen our desire to serve Tampa Bay’s vibrant community through live music. I have always loved the lyrical repertoire and look forward to bringing the power of the Florida Orchestra to the dramatic excitement of these masterpieces.
More creative team members and casting information for the 2022 season will be released at a later date.
Current Opera Tampa season ticket holders must renew by June 25 to secure their seats for the 2022 season. Customers can also register now to become new season ticket holders. Prices for the three-show season package range from $ 90 to $ 331.62. For more information, call the Straz Center at 813-229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org. Individual opera tickets will go on sale at a later date.