Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, downtown St. Augustine
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of First Coast Opera featuring professional singers performing Gershwin, Cole Porter, Bernstein, hits from Gilbert and Sullivan…and favorites from French, German, Spanish and Italian Operas!...This show is a music lover’s delight…something for everyone. Artistic Director Curt Tucker leads singers in this varied concert. Part of the week long Romanza Festivale! Open seating. Supported by a generous grant from St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.
First Coast Opera began as the vision of soprano Barbara Norris and her husband, Anthony Fast, opening with An Evening of Opera in January, 2000. That August, they presented Voices of Love, in the magical ambience of the “swimming pool” at the Lightner Museum. Other productions during the early years included Hansel & Gretel, Madama Butterfly, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, The Magic Flute, Babes in Toyland, and The Pirates of Penzance, plus concerts and cabarets.
The founders left Florida for Asheville, North Carolina, with a final concert - Addio! - in May 2008. Since then, First Coast Opera has produced Master Class, Three Penny Opera, La Bohème, Tosca, The Barber of Seville, and Turandot.
FCO has also become known for its series of cabarets and concert-style productions, including: Cabaret Italian Style, Cabaret Parisien, Cabaret Español, Romanza: Songs of Love, Cabaret Americana, Voices of Love-Encore!, Grandi Voci, Viva Espana, La Passione, A Gilbert & Sullivan Evening, Opera’s Greatest Hits, and A Gershwin Evening.
Over the years First Coast Opera has grown professionally and financially. In 2014, FCO hired Curt Tucker, a director/conductor/composer with 20 years’ experience in opera production, as its Artistic Director. In the fall of 2014, Maestro Tucker led Getting to Know You, a review featuring two of his own compositions. and in January, 2015, he produced and conducted Mozart’s great opera, Don Giovanni.
Tucker will direct First Coast Opera’s 15th anniversary Crystal Concert on May 9 at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. He will be joined by the founders, Barbara Norris and Anthony Fast, plus singers who have performed with First Coast Opera during the past years. Curtis Powell and Eric Frei will accompany on grand piano.