Though Opera Tampa’s associate general director Maria Zouves said “We’re barely an embryo” during the company’s 15th anniversary season in 2010, the company shows every sign of becoming robust as it matures.
Opera Tampa isn’t averse to risk-taking, as evidenced by its staging of the world premiere of maestro Anton Coppola’s (related to the noted film family) Sacco and Vanzetti in 2001 – something almost unheard-of for a fledgling company. And some sizzling ads promoted 2010’s La Rondine, one of Puccini’s decidedly less-known works. Currently the company mounts two productions annually – one in late fall and the other in the spring – at least one of which comes from the Italian repertoire. The season also includes one or two concerts that may feature the likes of Renee Fleming and Jessye Norman.
Another big name is retired baritone Sherrill Milnes, who appeared in more than 600 Met productions. Now he’s artistic advisor and oversees the Opera Tampa Apprentices. Launched in 2007, the program features several young singers chosen after a national search who appear frequently in community outreach programs as they hone their skills under Milnes’s tutelage.
Opera Tampa Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from HART buses 7 and 10 at West Tyler Street/North Ashley Drive; and a 9-minute walk from buses 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 22 at the Marion Transit Center)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performance/Programs: Approximately three productions per season, with 1-3 performances of each
- Ticket Prices: Vary depending on production, venue, and seating selection. Some events are presented free of charge
- Subscriptions: Season tickets range from $222–$283, depending on seating selection. Subscribers receive benefits such as priority seating, discounts on additional tickets, and admission to educational programs including master classes and pre-performance lectures.