Cultural Preview: Palm Beach Opera

Whether you prefer to hear arias outdoors or in the air-conditioned comfort of the Kravis Center, Palm Beach Opera’s 2016 season aims to please (561-833-7888).

   On December 12, pack a picnic basket and head to the Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach for the third annual Opera at the Waterfront. A crash course in opera favorites, this free outdoor concert will feature more than 100 musicians, including international guest artists as well as members of the Palm Beach Opera Young Artists program, orchestra, and chorus. The season revs up January 22-24 with arguably the most famous opera of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Rinat Shaham and Nora Sourouzian will each play the title role on a different night, while Leonardo Capalbo and Dominick Chenes will do the same for the part of Don Jose. The hysterical Don Pasquale follows from February 19-21, with a special 90-minute abridged version for children scheduled for 1 p.m. on February 20. Finally, from March 18-20, catch Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. This playful performance revolves around an opera within an opera and combines slapstick comedy with a stunning score to emphasize the interplay between high and low art.

Palm Beach Opera - West Palm Beach performances - Rinat Shaham in Carmen

Rinat Shaham in Carmen

Photo: Branco Gaica for Opera Australia

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