Opera Orlando’s 2021-22 season is in full swing this week as the Company begins directing Giuseppe Verdi’s classic La Traviata, opening Halloween weekend at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center. Ahead of this original and updated production, inspired by the life and experiences of Molly Bloom, several events give audiences and Opera Orlando fans the opportunity to get to know the stellar cast and creative team who are developing this work, as well as learning more about the production and the inspiration behind it.
OPERA INSIGHTS LUNCH: LA TRAVIATA
hosted by Opera Orlando Ambassadors
thursday | October 14, 2021 at noon
Winter Park Snowshoe Club
2111 Via Toscane | Winter Park, Florida 32789
Enjoy lunch with director Grant Preisser and conductor Stephanie Rhodes Russell as they share their dramatic and musical perspectives on the season opener of Opera Orlando. They will also be joined by soprano Cecilia Violetta López, tenor Victor Ryan Robertson and baritone Thomas Cannon, singing excerpts from Verdi’s La Traviata. This is an exclusive opportunity not only to learn more about the upcoming show, but also to get to know these artists in an intimate and beautiful setting.
Tickets: $ 45 per plate | https://bit.ly/OO_Insights
HAVE A VOICE: ON STAGE AND AT THE TABLE
in partnership with the University of Central Florida
Friday | October 22, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
UCF music school rehearsal room
19 Circle of Mercury | Orlando, Florida 32816
Opera Orlando and UCF Burnett Honors College team up for a panel featuring acclaimed soprano and arts administrator Cecilia Violetta López, acclaimed conductor and nonprofit founder Stephanie Rhodes Russell, and Burnett Honors College Dean Sheila Piñeres, with a special virtual appearance from entrepreneur, author and speaker Molly Bloom. The conversation will focus on women leaders on stage and outside of the arts world.
FREE and open to the public | https://bit.ly/OO-UCF_Panel
MOLLY’S GAME SCREENING
saturday | October 23, 2021 at 7 p.m.
Aloma Cinema Grill
2155 Aloma Avenue | Winter Park, Florida 32792
Discover the inspiration behind Opera Orlando’s new La Traviata in this private screening of the critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game, which chronicles the the life and experiences of Molly Bloom, who at 26 ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game, became an FBI target and lost everything. Director Grant Preisser will also be on hand to introduce the film and talk about what inspired him to approach the Verdi classic in this new way. Food and drinks are available at the cinema.
Tickets: $ 20 per person | https://bit.ly/OO_MollysGame
BANDWAGON COMMUNITY CONCERT
in partnership with the Milk District Main Street Program and Levitt Pavilion Orlando
thursday | October 28, 2021 at 6 p.m.
The corner on Robinson
2432 E. Robinson Street | Orlando, Florida 32803
Enjoy an incredible evening of art and community as the Milk District Main Street program collaborates with Opera Orlando and The Nook on Robinson to present a FREE community concert, featuring soloists from Opera Orlando performing selections from La Traviata by Verdi, opening the next day Friday, October 29.
FREE | https://bit.ly/OO_TheNook
Making safety its top priority in presenting its 2021-22 season, Opera Orlando continues to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and vaccination plans linked to the virus. The Company has remained in consultation with its healthcare partners and all of its event venues to implement an appropriate and comprehensive plan focused on reducing the risk of infection and protecting members of the public, distribution teams and health care providers. production, staff and volunteers. For all More of MainStage events, masks will be required for entry and throughout the event when you are not eating or drinking.
Keep up to date with the upcoming Opera Orlando season and planning online at www.operaorlando.org. Individual tickets for La Traviata and The Secret River, as well as season tickets for Opera Orlando on the MainStage are on sale now through the Bill & Mary Darden Box Office at the Dr Phillips Center (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando), online at www.drphillipcscenter.org, or by calling (407) 839-0119, ext. 0.
Season ticket packages are also available for Opera Orlando on the Town. Call (407) 512-1900 or visit www.operaorlando.org for “On the Town” subscriptions. See you at the Opera!