Redefining Opera – Up Close and Personal

Our 2019 / 2020 Season

Fall 2019

L’elisir d’amore

(The Elixir of Love)

by Gaetano Donizetti

A simple farmhand falls in love with a rich farmer’s daughter.
He buys a bottle of wine from a traveling salesman thinking it’s a magic love potion. Calamity, confusion and comic misadventures follow
but in the end, true love wins!
(Sung in Italian with English supertitles)
Thursday, October 24 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 1 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 3 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma
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Winter 2020


by Giacomo Puccini

Tosca, a fiery famous singer, loves Cavaradossi, a painter who opposes
an oppressive regime led by Scarpia who lusts for Tosca.
~ Not exactly the ingredients for a happy ending ~
One of Opera’s great dramatic stories
set to the glorious music of Giacomo Puccini
(Sung in Italian with English supertitles)
Thursday, February 6 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Saturday, February 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 16 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma
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Spring 2020


by Gilbert & Sullivan

In Gilbert & Sullivan’s most whimsical and charming operetta,
stuffy old members of Parliament encounter Iolanthe
and the other fancy free fairies of Fairyland,
for one of the merriest musical entertainments of all time.
Great light hearted fun for children of all ages – from nine to ninety.
(Sung in English with English supertitles)

Thursday, April 16 at 7:00pm (Preview)
Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 19 at 2:00pm
All performances are at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma
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