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First Coast Opera 

First Coast Opera 2017-18 Season


August 1, 2017 | View PDF

Program Descriptions

Opera's Most Haunting Melodies

First Coast Opera plans to have fun with Halloween weekend in this concert of ghostly encounters and beautiful tunes. The program will feature music from witches, gypsies, "mad" scenes, and a séance, as well as many of the most iconic and beautiful ensembles from opera. According to FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker, the program is not intended to frighten, but rather to inspire and uplift. "Many of classical music's most memorable melodies come from opera, especially in ensembles for two, three, four or more singers," says Tucker. "We're going to highlight many of them in this program, and those melodies, or 'earworms,' just may haunt audience members until Halloween!" The program will include excerpts from Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Tosca, Menotti's The Medium, Gilbert and Sullivan, and others. Headlining the cast are soprano Kirsten Chambers, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the past year, Clearwater tenor Samuel Hall, a favorite from last season's Mario Lanza concert, and New York-based baritone Ron Loyd. Joining them are soprano Brittany Fouché from Jacksonville, and mezzo sopranos Janet Rabe-Meyer from Ormond Beach and Regina Torres from Jacksonville. New York-based music director Keith Chambers, who conducted last season's Madama Butterfly, will accompany on piano. The program will be performed twice, at the Mark Lance Armory in Saint Augustine on Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm and at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Sunday, October 29 at 4:00pm. Tickets are available at

Holiday Traditions/Amahl and the Night Visitors

First Coast Opera is delighted to partner with the EMMA Concert Association with a special holiday performance of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, followed by traditional holiday songs and sing-alongs. Saint Augustine's Jean Rahner will direct the Christmas opera, with FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker conducting regional and local guest artists and orchestra. The staged production will be seen one night only, on Wednesday, December 13, 7:30pm, at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium in downtown Saint Augustine. Tickets for this performance are available at

I Pagliacci with The Stranger's Tale

FCO begins 2018 with one of opera's most popular and passionate tragedies. Featuring the famous tenor aria, "Vesti la giubba," I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo will feature guest artists, chorus, and orchestra, and will be preceded by the Regional Premiere of Curtis Tucker's The Stranger's Tale, a one-act opera of faith and hope set in New York's Central Park. Production cast and performance details will be announced in the Fall of 2017.


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