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New opera by Anton Coppola, 101, highlights Opera Tampa’s 2018-2019 season

TAMPA — Last year’s lavish 100th birthday party for composer and conductor Anton Coppola might have seemed like the capstone of a long career in opera. Turns out that Opera Tampa’s co-founder was not finished.

The maestro’s latest opera, Lady Swanwhite, about a princess and her lover fleeing a tyrannical king, runs Feb. 9 in a world premiere, highlighting the 2018-2019 season announced by Opera Tampa. We’ll have lots more about the show as it approaches.

The season begins with Die Fledermaus (Nov. 30 and Dec. 2), Johann Strauss II’s lighthearted revenge comedy that gave us The Blue Danube Waltz. Joseph Mechavich, who has conducted for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Washington National Opera and many more in North America and Australia, conducts this one.

Carmen composer Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (March 15 and 17) fuses a love triangle in the world of pearl divers in the Far East. Jorge Parodi, who opened this season’s The Barber of Seville, conducts. Parodi directs the Senior Opera Theater at the Manhattan School of Music, and has worked as a conductor at the Buenos Aires Lirica in Argentina, the Banff Centre in Canada, and the Tsaritsynskaya Opera Theater in Volgograd, Russia.

The season closes out with Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme (April 26 and 28), the precursor to the Broadway hit RENT. The conductor is Anthony Barrese, who has worked regularly in North America and Italy.

The opera is still searching for a full-time artistic director to succeed Daniel Lipton, who resigned in July 2017. A conductor for Lady Swanwhite will be announced at a later date.

Contact the Straz Center, (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Contact Andrew Meacham at [email protected] or (727) 892-2248. Follow @torch437.

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