First Coast Opera “The Stranger’s Tale” and “I Pagliacci”

First Coast Opera presented “The Stranger’s Tale” and “I Pagliacci”, two operas interwoven into one production, at Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m.

First Coast Opera Artistic Director Curtis Tucker is the author of The Stranger’s Tale, which tells the story of a single day in New York City’s Central Park and serves as the first act of the paired opera. A single storyline connected the action between this tale and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, which makes up the second act.

The Stranger’s Tale begins with a homeless man (Lou Agresta) sleeping on a park bench and recounts his interactions with other people in the park. In the second act, Canio’s Clown Show (the troupe from I Pagliacci) arrives. Songs and characters are intertwined between the two parallel storylines. The Stranger’s Tale is sung in English, while I Pagliacci is sung in the original Italian.

Cast members included Elena Galván, Jamison Walker, Daniel Bates, Sarah Beckham-Turner, Sean Christopher Stork, Gregory Gerbrandt, Daniel Bates, and Dirk Gavin McCoy. First Coast Opera Artistic Director Curtis Tucker serves as the conductor and stage director, and an orchestra of 19 musicians accompanied this production.

“Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies” Performs in St Augustine

First Coast Opera performed a show on the week of Halloween titled “Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies”. Performed in front of a packed house at the Mark Lance Armory on San Marco Ave, St Augustine, FL.
The show was opera at its best with a sprinkle of of spooky Halloween and comedy.

The Trial of B.B. Wolf & Trial by Jury

First Coast Opera performed two courtroom satires, directed by Nelson Sheeley, who staged last season’s La Vie Parisienne, are sure to leave you smiling. Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular one-act comedy is paired with the Florida Premiere of Curtis Tucker’s new family opera putting the Big Bad Wolf on trial for his well-known mischief. Sung in English and intended for children and adults of all ages. Performed at the Ancient City Baptist Church on March 16th and 18th.

“Madama Butterfly” Glows with Power and Beauty

Puccini’s tragic cross-cultural love story Madama Butterfly remains one of the world’s most popular operas, and St Augustine was blessed to see an incredible production of this opera.  You found yourself transported to early 20th-century Japan through this production fully-staged with orchestra at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium by Helena Binder and conducted by Keith Chambers.  Sung in Italian with projected English subtitles.


Mario Lanza Hollywood Tenor by First Coast Opera

On Friday, October 28th, First Coast Opera explored the brief, shining career of iconic American tenor and heartthrob, Mario Lanza (1921-1959).  A packed house heard live performances of selections from his films The Student Prince, The Toast of New Orleans, The Great Caruso, and others in the unique “swimming pool” of The Lightner Museum in downtown Saint Augustine. The singers accompanied by a 1910 Steinway grand piano were absolutely at their best, evident by the thundering applause of the audience.

A Luncheon Hosted by Friends of First Coast Opera

OCTOBER 4 – Friends of First Coast Opera hosted a  luncheon in St. Augustine, at La Cocina restaurant.

 Chef Norberto created the lunch menu and Christé Blue presented a marvelous fashion show for the seasons ahead, with some of the models from First Coast Opera.

There was also raffle baskets, each one with a CD of Mario Lanza’s greatest hits. (FCO will present an evening of Mario Lanza on October 28th in the Lightner Museum.)

First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Patricia Nolton, President of  Friends of First Coast Opera, and with Michele Bova, the President of First Coast Opera.

“La Vie Parisienne”…..Exciting and So Much Fun!

One of the most popular of his operettas, La Vie Parisienne was written in 1866 and is Offenbach’s first full-length piece that seeks to portray contemporary Parisian life. First Coast Opera Artistic Director Curtis Tucker conducted a 15-piece orchestra. The cast featured local and regional artists, including Regina Torres, Kirsten Yates, Matheus Coura, Haley Cox, and Sean Stork. The operetta was received with great applause as the cast filled the theatre with great excitement and fun. It was true perfection, as the First Coast Opera keeps raising the bar, and while doing so thrilling the audiences with beauty and class. Thank you, thank you……Thank You!

First Coast Opera Prepares for Comic Operetta

La Vie Parisienne is coming to St Augustine. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak to First Coast Opera, Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, and to watch some of the dress rehearsal.

Offenbach’s lively and tuneful comic operetta.
Curtis Tucker, Conductor
Nelson Sheeley, Stage Director
Fully staged with orchestra.

Saturday, January 9th at 7:30 pm at The Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College

“Opera Paris” is a Smashing Hit

First Coast Opera took you to Paris!

First Coast Opera is a non profit organization whose mission is to present the highest quality opera in Northeast Florida, with a balance of unwavering commitment to artistic excellence, while developing regional talent. Founded by former opera singer Barbara Norris and her husband Anthony Fast in 2000, FCO presents one fully staged opera per season, with two additional concerts or cabarets.

The City of Paris has that special “je ne sais quoi,” noted FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker. He is excited to share the passion with our audiences – a passion rich with musical and theatrical life.

Opera Paris was an evening of semi-staged excerpts from classic operas set in Paris… Featuring Verdi’s La Traviata, and Puccini’s La Boheme!

First Coast Opera presented OPERA PARIS at the Lightner Mueseum in St Augustine, FL on November 14th.

First Coast Opera Takes Us to Paris!

First Coast Opera takes you to Paris!

The City of Paris has that special “je ne sais quoi,” noted FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker.

He is excited to share the passion with our audiences – a passion rich with musical and theatrical life.

Opera Paris
Will be an evening of semi-staged excerpts from classic operas set in Paris… Featuring Verdi’s La Traviata & Puccini’s La Boheme!

Saturday, November 14th at 7:30 PM at The Lightner Museum
Tickets: $35.00 General Admission & $10.00 Students with ID