2018-19 Season

Fall 2018

Lucia di Lammermoor
by Gaetano Donizetti

Oct 26 Preview Performance at the Theater on the Square in Tacoma
Oct 28 at the Theater on the Square in Tacoma
901 Broadway Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Nov 2 and 4 at the Performing Arts Center in Federal Way
31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003

Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece, is an archetype of 19th Century romantic opera. In the foggy atmosphere of Medieval Scotland, the pure and passionate love between Lucia and Edgardo emerges – a love like that of Romeo and Juliette, which was too beautiful to last and too dangerous for their families. After being torn from her true love, Lucia is forced to marry Arturo Bucklaw for political reasons. Betrayed, hurt, and stripped of her reason for living, she loses her mind in the famous “mad scene”, which is a supreme challenge for any soprano who dares to tackle the role and a much anticipated delight for audiences. The scene is the climax of the opera – a bloody, graphic ritual wrapped in heavenly bel canto music. It’s a perfect opera for the Halloween season!


Winter 2019

The Rape of Lucretia
by Benjamin Britten

February 3, 8 and 10
at the Theater on the Square
901 Broadway Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

First performed at Glyndbourne in England on 12 July 1946, The Rape of Lucretia is the first of several chamber operas Britten wrote during his distinguished career. According to Roman tradition, Lucretia, who died around 510 BC was a noblewoman in ancient Rome whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius, an Etruscan king’s son, was the cause of a rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy and led to the transition of Roman government from a kingdom to a republic. Britten takes this ancient Roman story and transforms it into a morality tale of misguided hubris and great human suffering, narrated by two compassionate storytellers, male and female. The work is one of Britten’s most intimate and moving works and is a masterpiece of the chamber opera genre.


Spring 2019

The Elixir of Love
by Gaetano Donizetti

April 5 Preview Performance at the Theater on the Square in Tacoma
April 7 at the Theater on the Square in Tacoma
901 Broadway Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
April 12 and 14 at the new Performing Arts Center in Federal Way
31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA 98003

At the other end of the spectrum from Lucia di Lammermoor, L’Elisir d’amore or the Elixir of Love, is one of the sunniest and sweetest comic operas ever written. It is the story of a simple country farm hand named Nemorino, who falls head over heels in love with the farm owner’s rich and haughty daughter, Adina. He is so desperately in love that he gives up everything he owns to buy a mysterious “love potion” from a traveling salesman, not knowing it is really just a bottle of country red wine. After a number of unexpected comic twists and turns, true love wins out and Adina finally admits she loves Nemorino. The music from this opera is possibly the most lyrical and sweetly beautiful of all bel canto operas and Nemorino’s aria, “Una furtiva lagrima (A Furtive Tear),” in act 2 is one of the best known and beloved opera arias of all time. The Elixir of Love is a perfect opera for Spring and a lovely way to end a highly dramatic season.