In addition to the comfortable temperatures and sunny skies that typify Tampa Bay winters, the area will be filled with beautiful music and grand opera. The Florida Opera Festival has something for everyone from opera aficionados to those who have never experienced opera.  Here are a few upcoming shows at David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts you can enjoy during the Florida Opera Festival!

Katherine Jenkins in Concert
Stunning mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, Britain’s all-time-best-selling classical artist and America’s sweetheart from Dancing With the Stars, will illuminate Ferguson Hall with her enchanting voice and charismatic personality.  Tickets start around $100 and can be purchased here.

Show Date: March 1, 2013 8 p.m.

 Puccini’s La Bohème
Music by Giacomo Puccini

Follow the tale of Puccini’s young Parisians who live an exuberant bohemian existence surviving on love and laughter.  A poet discovers true love with a lovely, fragile seamstress.  A painter and a vivacious cabaret singer rediscover their on-again, off-again passion. Surrounded by the evocative rooftops, cafes and garrets of Paris, these lively bohemians and their companions experience exhilarating joy and irretrievable loss. Tickets start around $34.50 and can be purchased here.

Show Dates:   March 7, 2013 7:30 p.m.

March 9, 2013 2 p.m.

March 10, 2013 2 p.m.

The Florida Opera Festival is for you. Bring your family and friends for a delightful and diverse opera experience. Visit for listings of additional Tampa Bay events you can enjoy during the Florida Opera Festival.

About Opera Tampa: The Resident Opera Company of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts