Dear Friends, We are thrilled to welcome you to Opera Tampa’s extraordinary 20 th Anniversary season! In some ways, it is hard to imagine that two decades have passed since we launched grand opera in Tampa with a successful staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfy in 1996. In other ways, it seems like just yesterday. Many of you have been with us these two sensational decades. Our history as an opera company is richer for the loyalty of the opera patrons who continue to support this glorious art form. As always, we are happy to welcome newcomers, and we hope you find the passion and satisfaction that we have enjoyed for twenty years. This season, we bring back Madama Butterfy as the grand finale to the Florida Opera Festival, which includes a stunning staging of Verdi’s Rigoletto , a special concert of our treasured New Voices company and an intimate solo performance of star tenor Marcello Giordani. The festival also contains special events such as Picnic in the Park and a night of fashion and arias at Neiman Marcus. Please mark your calendars to join us for the 20th Anniversary Gala on Feb. 7, where we are delighted to present the Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award to world-renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes. Subscribers enjoy the best seats and secure their spots for another thrill ride of an operatic season, a ride that would not be possible without our devoted sponsors and donors. If you, too, would like to join this list of devoted sponsors, please consider joining our Opera Tampa League, where you can meet other like-minded opera fans who invest in keeping grand opera at its grandest in Tampa Bay. Thank you for being a part of our opera season, and we look forward to seeing you! All our best, Opera Tampa, General Director Straz Center, President Opera Tampa Artistic Director and Conductor 813.229.STAR (7827) • OPERATAMPA.ORG 2 The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the National Endowment for the Arts.