strazGood morning Tampa Bay, Alex here to tell you about the perfect way to wind down your busy work week with some beautiful music and a few opera secrets from a  world-renowned operatic baritone and Opera Tampa artistic advisor this Friday.

Come out to the TECO Theatre at Patel Conservatory, Straz Center for the Performing Arts on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. to watch Sherrill Milnes teach a masters class.

Singers from all around the world have auditioned for this opportunity. Milnes will grant 5 contestants with the opportunity of a life time and teach them in his master class that is being held this Friday at the Straz.

Winner of three Grammy® awards, Milnes is internationally recognized as the leading Verdi Baritone of his time. He performed in every great opera hall in the world, such as La Scala in Milan and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and performed for five United States presidents. His remarkable voice, artistic integrity, commanding stage presence and rugged looks made him a favorite for all audiences.

Teaching young singers has been a passion for Milnes, who has led master classes at the Julliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and at many major universities throughout the country. He’s taught more extensively at the Yale University School of Music and other universities internationally.

What a great way to relax on a Friday night, listening to the beautiful sounds of opera being performed by 5 great musicians.

Tickets for this master class are free for season subscribers and $15 for nonsubscribers. Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at

As part of the non-profit Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Patel Conservatory offers classes for children and adults of all experience levels in all kinds of dance, music and theater. More information is available at

Enjoy the rest of your week, and check back often for more information on Things To Do In Tampa Bay!