October 2023-March 2023: First Coast Opera announces new season

First Coast Opera, the renowned opera company known for its extraordinary productions and captivating performances, is thrilled to announce an exhilarating new season that will leave audiences enchanted and exhilarated. The upcoming lineup features two timeless classics, Puccini’s La Bohème and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, along with a trove of surprises that will dazzle theater enthusiasts.

Prepare to be swept away by the emotional power of Puccini’s La Bohème, a passionate tale of love and sacrifice set in the bohemian streets of 19th-century Paris. As the curtain rises on this beloved opera, audiences will be transported into a world of artistic expression, youthful fervor, and heartrending melodies. Witness the tender romance between the poet Rodolfo and the delicate seamstress Mimi unfold against the backdrop of the vibrant Latin Quarter. La Bohème promises to be an unforgettable journey through passion, tragedy, and the enduring power of human connection.

But that’s not all! Prepare to embark on a swashbuckling adventure as First Coast Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance, the uproarious comic operetta by the legendary duo Gilbert and Sullivan. Join the charming pirate apprentice Frederic on his quest to escape the pirates’ clutches, find true love, and discover his own identity. Filled with witty dialogue, catchy tunes, and a delightful cast of characters, this lighthearted romp promises laughter and joy for all ages.

“First Coast Opera is dedicated to providing audiences with exceptional entertainment and artistic experiences,” said Curtis Tucker, General and Artistic Director at First Coast Opera. “We believe that this season’s lineup, featuring La Bohème and The Pirates of Penzance, will delight and inspire our patrons. With a touch of surprise woven into every performance, we aim to create unforgettable memories for all who attend.”

Tickets & Details: firstcoastopera.com


  • Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Saturday, October 28, 2023

Celebration Hall
5205 A1A S, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Celebrate the Dean of American Composers, Aaron Copland, in our season opener.  Enjoy excerpts from his opera The Tender Land and Old American Songs while savoring a catered dinner by La Cocina International.


  • Saturday, December 30, 2023
  • Sunday, December 31, 2023

Lewis Auditorium

14 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084  

Experience the timeless passion of Puccini’s masterpiece while ringing in the New Year.  Prepare to laugh, weep, and feel the full range of human emotions as Puccini’s lush and evocative music takes you on a journey of love and loss.  Don’t miss First Coast Opera’s first full staging of this iconic opera!


  • Wednesday, February 14, 2023

Cafe Alcazar at the Lightner Museum 

75 King Street, St. Augustine FL 32084 

Find your flapper dresses and zoot suits, and step into the Roaring 1920s on Valentine’s Day and celebrate with a night filled with sumptuous food and drinks, lively dancing, and exciting auctions.  Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Jazz Age, don your finest attire, and get ready to step into a world of glitz and glamour.  Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and support for the arts.


  • Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Sunday, March 17, 2024

Lewis Auditorium

14 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084   

Be swept away by Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta.  Unforgettable characters and catchy tunes will have you tapping your toes, laughing out loud, and leave you wanting more.  So gather your chums and join us for a rollicking spring jaunt.

Visit firstcoastopera.com or contact the box office at 904-417-5555 for more information and to purchase tickets.


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