Another incredible night of entertainment on February 1st. Our guests were Curt Tucker of First Coast Opera, Mike & Brian Mountan of the popular podcast BRI The Sports Guy, Arthur Culbert talks organic urban gardens, and our musical guests God City Duo. Special appearances by local painter Alma Ramirez. Check out our full show here.
On December 31, 2021, and January 2, 2022, the opera by Verdi “La Traviata” will be presented by First Coast Opera at the Lewis Auditorium in St Augustine, FL. Curt Tucker will be the conductor, and stage direction will be by Helena Binder. First Coast.TV got a chance to speak with Curt Tucker about this production.
A look at Cox and Box/Penelope Ann’s Revenge, part of the Romanza Festivale showcase for 2021. Ten more days to go, do not miss an event. Lots of wonderful events in St Augustine during this Romanza Festivale.
A great show on March 10th, with guests, soprano Lisa Lockhart, UNF Jazz teachers and greats JB Scott and Danny Gottlieb, St Augustine Commissioner John Valdez, comic Emily Penkala and musical guests UNF JE1 Jazz Combo. An unforgettable evening where Jazz was king.
First Coast Opera gets ready to bring the H.M.S. Pinafore to the Lewis Auditorium in St Augustine, FL. A large cast is in rehearsals to get ready. Curtis Tucker speaks to the camera.
Marriage of Figaro performs and delights at the Lewis Auditorium. Applause, standing applause and the cries of Bravo! where some of the accolades from this audience watching this wonderful opera by Mozart that premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 1 May 1786. The direction of Curt Tucker was once again flawless.
First Coast Opera out performed itself with this lovely piece of song, music and theatre.
We caught First Coast Opera in its lasts rehearsals at Flagler Lewis Auditorium, getting ready for the two shows coming this weekend of Jan. 5/730pm & 6/200pm. Call 904-417-5555 for tickets or go to www.firstcoastopera.com.
The Marriage of Figaro / SYNOPSIS
The story is set in Spain. Figaro is jealous of the Count for his gallantry to Susanna, his betrothed. The Count, sensing that the page, Cherubino, is interested in the Countess, seeks to get rid of Cherubino by ordering him off to the wars. He is saved by Susanna, who disguises him in female attire.
The Countess, Susanna, Figaro and Cherubino conspire to punish the Count for his infidelity. The latter suddenly appears at his wife’s door. Finding it locked, he demands an entrance. Cherubino, alarmed, hides himself in a closet and bars the door. When the Count goes after a crowbar to break in the door, Cherubino leaps out of the window, while Susanna takes his place. Antonio, the gardener, comes in, furious that some one has just thrown a man into his flower pots. Figaro at once asserts that it was he who jumped. A ludicrous side plot unfolds as Marcellina appears with a contract of marriage signed by Figaro, bringing Bartolo as a witness. Don Curzio declares the contract valid. Figaro stalls by protesting that he can’t marry her because he’s actually a nobleman, stolen from his parents at birth. He displays a distinctive birthmark on his arm. Marcellina recognizes the mark, and nearly faints. It turns out that Figaro is her and Bartolo’s long-lost illegitimate son. Figaro is off the hook and he and Susanna are free to be married at last. Bartolo and Marcellina decide to make it a double wedding.
Acts Three and Four
That night, in the garden, the servant girl, Barbarina, is searching for something in the dark. Though she’s barely a teenager, she has already been the object of the Count’s attentions. Now she’s acting as a courier between the Count and her older cousin Susanna, who has just been married. Figaro is convinced Susanna is plotting to betray him, especially when he hears her nearby, singing about her “lover” — though she’s really singing about Figaro. Things come to a head when the Count finally shows up, eager for his tryst. First he tries to seduce his wife, thinking she’s Susanna. Then, when he sees Figaro with a woman he thinks is the Countess, he self-righteously accuses her of infidelity. Susanna, still imitating the Countess, begs the Count for forgiveness. He refuses. At that, the Countess reveals herself, and the Count realizes he is trapped. Humbled and repentant, it’s his turn to ask for pardon. The Countess generously embraces him, and the opera ends with both couples reconciled.
First Coast.TV visited First Coast Opera during their rehearsal of The Marriage of Figaro. We got the chance to speak to artistic director Curt Tucker to give us the scoop on this event. The Marriage of Figaro will perform January 5-6, 2019 at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College on14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL
First Coast Opera brings The Owl and the Pussycat to the Corazon Cinema & Cafe
After Felix Sherman, an aspiring author and bookshop clerk in New York City, reports to landlord Rapzinsky that neighbor Doris is a prostitute, the woman is evicted, immediately moves into his apartment in the middle of the night, and denounces Felix as a homosexual informant. Astonished, Felix allows her to stay. When his guest develops hiccups he attempts to cure her by ……..