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European Opera Company Presents National Tour of Opera "Turandot", February 19 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


1/28/2011 -

"A generous display of voices and emotions...the public got its money"s worth and loved it” Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe

Teatro Lirico D' Europa, the stellar European opera touring company which performs worldwide, will present Puccini's final operatic masterpiece, Turandot, as part of the company’s 12th national tour of the USA on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

Soloists come from Opera Bolshoi, Prague State Opera, the New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera as well as other major opera companies. The full scale production's clever sets, lavish costumes and world-class voices beautifully evoke the royal palace pavilion of the ancient "Forbidden City" in Peking and the work's legendary Chinese characters.

Based on the Greek myth "the riddle of the sphinx", the story follows Princess Turandot, who is haunted by the brutal rape and murder of her cousin, and thus poses an impossible riddle to any man who wishes to marry her, resulting in many beheadings, to the great horror of all Peking. Finally, a brave Persian Prince solves the riddle and ends the deadly cycle, restoring peace and winning the heart of Turandot. Love triumphs as does this production of Turandot!

Critics across the nation have raved about this touring opera including, "A generous display of voices and emotions...the public got its money's worth and loved it" from Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe, and "With savvy and heart this European based touring company did itself proud in the best American 'let's put on a show' tradition," said T.J. Medrick of the Boston Herald.

The lead role will be portrayed by soprano Rosa D'Imperio who boasts a myriad of glowing reviews by European and American press, such as "agile of tone and singing with gleaming tone" (Opera News), "a real dramatic soprano that savored with aplomb every moment of this difficult score and can also float a sweet Verdi cantilena" (Mannheimer Morgen) for Abigaille in Nabucco, as well as "a big, red-blooded, Italianate voice, with soaring high notes, and a beautifully tender Vissi d'arte" (St. Petersburg Times) for her Tosca, and as having "rich purity of tone, fluid range and impressive dramatic communication" in (New York Newsday) for Aida.

Ms. D'Imperio most recently made a very successful debut as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth with the Fresno Grand Opera and Opera Santa Barbara. In recent seasons, she also sang Abigaille in Nabucco in Paris, Basel, Hamburg, and Mannheim for Companions Opera; the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur in concert with the Prague Radio Orchestra; the title role of Tosca with Opera Tampa, Opera de Puerto Rico, New York Grand Opera, and Treasure Coast Opera; the title role of Aida in a co-production of the Teatro de la Opera and Opera de Puerto Rico Opera; and much more. Honors and awards include a study grant from Culturarte of her native Puerto Rico, finalist in the George London Foundation Competition and the New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition, and winner of the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Vocal Competition. Jeffrey Rink, Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, has been invited to conduct the Teatro Lirico D' Europa musicians for this performance of Turnadot.

Tickets for the performance of Turandot at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center are on sale now for $45 each for single tickets or $40 each for groups of ten or more. Tickets are available in-person, by phone and through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center website. The Box Office is open for in-person and phone sales from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the night of the show for any available at-the-door ticket sales. For information or tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box office at 850-729-6000 or toll free 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) or visit www.

Tickets are also now available for other national touring Broadway productions that will appear at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center including the internationally renowned "Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble" on February 7, tickets are $35 each adults and $25 for youth and college students; the one-man national touring show "Buffalo Soldier" a historical drama for Black History Month on February 15 for $10 each; and an Irish national company performing Celtic dance and music in "Rhythm of the Dance" on March 11, tickets are $35 each. Dance Theater of Harlem and Rhythm of the Dance also offer a $5 off discount rate per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is easily accessible from Interstate 10 via Highway 85 south and from Destin via the Mid-Bay Bridge and state highway 285. The center is located at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College.