Florida Orchestra to partner with Opera Tampa in 2022

Posted on: June 14, 2021

“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,” writes Maggie Duffy in Wednesday’s (6/9) Tampa Bay Times. “The announcement was made by Judy Lisi, Straz Center CEO and Opera Tampa director, and Mark Cantrell, CEO of the Florida Orchestra. The orchestra will provide live music in Ferguson Hall for the previously announced 2022 opera season, which includes Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Michael Francis, the Florida Orchestra’s Music Director, will conduct the double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. ‘We at Opera Tampa are thrilled to collaborate with the Florida Orchestra,’ Lisi said in a news release. ‘The partnership between our two organizations makes so much sense—artistically, financially and from a community relations perspective.’ … Francis was equally effusive…. ‘I have always loved the operatic repertoire, and I cannot wait to bring 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.”