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Gulfshore Opera to perform La Bohème at Barbara Mann

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By Florida Weekly Staff | on January 20, 2021 Sarah Tucker and Peter Lake will perform as Mimi and Rudolpho. COURTESY PHOTO Gulfshore Opera’s postponed production of La Bohème will be performed at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers on Sunday, Jan. 24. It will…
Sarah Tucker and Peter Lake will perform as Mimi and Rudolpho. COURTESY PHOTOSarah Tucker and Peter Lake will perform as Mimi and Rudolpho. COURTESY PHOTO

Sarah Tucker and Peter Lake will perform as Mimi and Rudolpho. COURTESY PHOTO

Gulfshore Opera’s postponed production of La Bohème will be performed at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers on Sunday, Jan. 24.

It will be a COVIDsafe experience for performers and the audience.

Set designer Ardean Landhuis, projections and lighting designer Tlaloc Lopez-Waterman and costume designers Steffanie Pearce and Amanda McGee are using the great impressionists as muses for their design concepts.

Maestro Greg Ritchey of Palm Beach Opera will conduct a socially distanced reduced orchestra of 22 musicians.

The cast of nationally renowned singers includes soprano Sarah Tucker and tenor Peter Lake performing the naïve lovers Mimì and Rodolfo. Miss Tucker is fresh off a debut with the San Diego Opera, having previously performed at San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Lake sang the role of Pinkerton in the acclaimed Japanese/ English production of Madame Butterfly with the Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights, directed by Josh Shaw. He has performed with the Savannah VOICE Festival and Natchez Festival. Playing the hot and cold lovers Musetta and Marcello are Chelsea Lehnea and Kenneth Stavert. Miss Lehnea made debuts with the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera. Kenneth Stavert, a twotime winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition, has performed with Des Moines Metro Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.

The Bohemians are rounded out by Tyler Putnam as Colline, and Andrew Pardini as Schaunard. Mr. Putnam has performed with the likes of Opera Tampa, Opera North, and St. Petersburg Opera. He returns to Gulfshore Opera after having performed Sparafucile in Rigoletto in season four. Mr. Pardini, has performed with Opera Orlando, Winter Opera St. Louis, and Opera Modesto. Baritone Andrew Hiers, performs the roles of Benoit the landlord and Alcindoro the councilor of state. Mr. Hiers has performed with Opera Colorado and San Francisco Opera.

The performance is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $28-$75, are available by visiting www.gulfshoreopera.org or calling 239-529- 3925.

To read more about safety guidelines, see www.gulfshoreopera.org and www.bbmannpah.com. ¦

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