St Augustine Season 4 Show 10

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 Ready to Bring H.M.S. Pinafore

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

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.

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Figaro Gets Ready Weekend Performance

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

Act One

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.

Act Two

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 Opera Performs “The Marriage of Figaro”

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

Bernstein’s Broadway in St Augustine

First Coast Opera kicked off its 2018-19 season with Bernstein’s Broadway, a concert highlighting the musical legacy of iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  Part of the international Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, Bernstein’s Broadway featured hit tunes from his wildly successful Broadway musicals performed by guest artists in the Lightner Museum “swimming pool”, 25 Granada St., in downtown St. Augustine.
The program featured selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti, and Wonderful Town.  Returning guest artists included Fort Lauderdale soprano Elena Galván, who sang the role of Kay in last season’s The Stranger’s Tale, Tampa mezzo soprano Sarah Nordin, who sang on last season’s Opera’s Most Haunting Melodies concert, University of Florida professor Matt Morgan, who last sang with FCO in the 2015 Opera Paris concert, popular local singer Carrie Thornton with accomplished local music director Curtis Powell accompanying on piano.  They were joined by St. Petersburg baritone Luis González and Tampa bass Tyler Putnam each making FCO debuts.  Leonard Bernstein’s music resonates with both classical and musical theater audiences.
According to FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, “Bernstein’s song-writing is extraordinary.  From a performer’s standpoint, they can be quite complicated, but for the audience, his songs are tuneful, clever, and memorable.”
The program was performed, at the Lightner Museum swimming pool area, 25 Granada St., in downtown Saint Augustine on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm and will be performed again on October 13th at Del Webb Auditorium in Ponte Vedra.

“The Owl and the Pussycat” by First Coast Opera

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 ……..

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.

EMMA and First Coast Opera Bring Holiday Traditions

EMMA Concert Association presented their annual Holiday Traditions concert with First Coast Opera on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at Lewis Auditorium. This concert was a performance by First Coast Opera of “Amahl and the Night Visitors. First Coast .TV missed the Opera because of previous commitment, but was able to bring you highlights of the second half of the performance. ENJOY