Opera Tampa stages four outdoor performances this weekend at Straz Center

The 65-minute show has no intermission, so use the bathroom prior or wear a diaper.

click to enlarge Opera Tampa stages four outdoor performances this weekend at Straz Center
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Opera Tampa’s socially-distanced performances of “Troubadour’s Tale” happen twice daily all weekend starting Friday outside the Straz Center in downtown.

The “...abridged take on Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’ promises blood-and-thunder drama soaked in revenge and regret with the hopes of everlasting love,” according to promo materials, and though most of Florida seems to think the pandemic is over, Straz Center is continuing its COVID-19 protocols which includes a mask requirement, temperature check and lots of sanitizing.

The 65-minute show has no intermission, so use the bathroom prior or wear a diaper. Tickets are sold by tables of two, three or four, so grab a friend or three (if you have that many friends, lucky you).

Opera Tampa: Troubadour's Tale. Friday-Saturday, March 19-20, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sunday March 21, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $37.50 & up. Riverwalk stage at David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. strazcenter.org

See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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