“La Périchole” Closes Tacoma Opera’s 49th Season

The Tacoma Opera announced it will close the company’s 49th season with Jacques Offenbach’s delightful operetta La Périchole starting late April.

Photo courtesy Tacoma Opera

Photo courtesy Tacoma Opera

The story follows two street singers, Piquillo and La Périchole, who arrive in Lima, Peru on the Viceroy’s birthday. When the Viceroy’s first sees La Périchole, he is smitten by her. He invites her to his palace, but before she can enter, she must be married because, by law, no unmarried woman can enter the royal household. Piquillo, who’s been made drunk by the Viceroy’s servants, is tricked into marrying La Périchole. Piquillo is furious when he discovers what happened and is imprisoned by the Viceroy. The pair manage to escape, and when the Viceroy discovers the lovers’ devotion, he forgives them. The operetta will be sung in English with English supertitles.

“I wanted to end the season on a happy note, with a sparkling work which is fun for the entire family,” said general director Noel Koran in a press release. “Nobody dies.”

Brooklyn based mezzo-soprano Caitlin McKechney will make her Tacoma Opera debut as La Périchole and several artists will make a return appearance. The production will be musically led by Maestro Bernard Kwiram, a frequent guest of the Tacoma Opera, with stage direction by Christopher Nardine.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and Friday, May 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at the Rialto Theater. Ticket prices range from $35, $45, $60 and $85 and can be purchased by calling the Broadway Center Box office at 253-591-5894. Senior discounts are available for people 65 years and older and there is a student rush one hour prior to curtain. Tickets can also be purchased at www.tacomaoperatix.com.

A free one-hour lecture will be held in the theater prior to each performance.


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