First Coast Opera, northeast Florida’s professional opera company, will present Mozart v. Salieri on February 12 & 13 in the St. Jude Preservation Hall at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. This co-production with artists from The Alabama School of the Arts features performances of The Impresario by W.A. Mozart, and Prima la musica, poi le parole, by Antonio Salieri, both performed with English translations.
On February 7, 1786, Austria’s Emperor Joseph II threw a party in the Orangery of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. His guests were treated to dinner and new short comedies by the two leading opera composers of the day, W. A. Mozart and Antonio Salieri. The 20-year-old Mozart offered The Impresario, about an opera producer who deftly balances the competing interests of a rising young star and an aging diva. The 35-year-old Salieri presented Prima la musica, poi le parole, which similarly shows a composer and librettist trying to write a work that satisfies both prima donna and young upstart.
First Coast Opera will recreate that evening on February 12 and February 13, 2021 at 6:00PM featuring a catered buffet dinner from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Regular tickets are $75 per person. Tables will be sold as one group – six seats at each table. Gather your small group of friends who you will sit with for dinner and the show. A limited number of Enhanced Tickets are also available for $125 per person which include hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and a meet-and-greet with FCO’s Artistic Director, Curtis Tucker. Distancing and safety protocols will be in place for both artists and audience.
For tickets and more information, please visit online at www.firstcoastopera.com, call us at (904) 417-5555, or find us on Facebook
First Coast Opera’s season is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, and St. Johns County.