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A Night at the Opera is the only fully-staged, professional opera production in Polk County. ISO musicians perform the music while talented nationally and internationally-renowned singers entertain from the stage.

In 2001, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra launched its first Night at the Opera thanks to the tremendous efforts of Greg and Christina Sale, local vocalists and supporters of the arts. Through the years, their leadership and the dedication of opera committee volunteers have produced 15 high-quality operas with talented performers from across the globe as well as our own community.

The two-week production schedule is intense, but still allows for the world-renowned principals to interact with local students in rehearsals as well as in Master Classes.

Now in its 16th production year, A Night at the Opera is a critical component of the ISO’s Season and its mission to educate, entertain and inspire audiences.

For the 2016-2017 Season, A Night at the Opera presents Pagliacci. Composed by Ruggero Leoncavallo, and just two acts long, Pagliacci tells a tale of a troupe of actors with real-life drama and intrigue.

Canio: Brian Cheney
Nedda: Maria Kanyova
Tonio: Thomas Potter
Beppe: Wesley Morgan
Silvio: Joshua Mazur

Ticket Information:
Gold – $60 (plus ticketing fees)
Silver – $40 (plus ticketing fees)

Student – $15 (available at the door only)

The evening concludes with a spectacular Grande Reception hosted by Jaimi and Corey Miller. Your $150 Patron ticket includes gold seating at the opera and the Grande Reception featuring delicious food, drinks and time to mingle with opera guest stars.

Purchase Opera Tickets:

Tickets will be available at the door and may be purchased as e-tickets online. The ISO’s ticketing partners at The Lakeland Center assist with the transaction, so this link will  direct you to an online ticketing system with The Lakeland Center and ISO branding. Additional online ticketing fees will apply.
Student tickets may be purchased at the door. The ISO box office will open at 5 p.m. on January 21.
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A Night at the Opera Sponsors:

Presenting: George W. Jenkins Fund within GiveWell Community Foundation
Supporting: Hilda Sutton & William D. Blanton Foundation | Glenn W. & Hazelle Paxson-Morrison Foundation
Leading Role: Gray Robinson, P.A. | OMS GroupMarcobay Construction
Comprimario: GMF Structural | Heath Funeral Chapel & Crematory |
Transportation Sponsor Regal Honda, Chevrolet, Kia, Acura and GMC Truck
A Night at the Opera is made possible through marketing support provided by Visit Central Florida through a grant from the Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee of the Tourist Development Council.

Aria Angels

Aria Angels are a dedicated group of sustaining opera patrons who’s generous support allows the ISO to bring world-class talent to the stage. Each $1,000 contribution includes two (2) Patron tickets to the opera with gold seating and Grande Reception. To learn more and lend your support, visit the Aria Angels page.
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Jean & David Bunch
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Buzzanca
Mr. & Mrs. John Fitzwater
Mrs. Martha Linder
Mrs. Buz Watkins

Overnight Accommodations:

The Terrace Hotel offers opera guests room rates from $109/night.

The Terrace Hotel offers opera guests room rates from $109/night.

The lakefront Terrace Hotel in historic downtown Lakeland offers picturesque and elegant accommodations for opera patrons wishing to spend the night. Opera guests receive a special rate online or by calling the reservation line at (863) 688-0800 (promo code IS12).
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