Opera Tampa Gala 2015

Feb. 7, 2015
Carol Morsani Hall
6 p.m.

Join fellow opera lovers for the highlight event of the Florida Opera Festival’s season, the Opera Tampa 20th Anniversary Gala.  Celebrating 20 years of bringing the queen of the performing arts to the Tampa Bay area, this year’s event also honors a local legend -- world-renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes – with the Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award.

This black-tie affair begins with a cocktail reception on the set of Giuseppi Verdi’s Rigoletto on Carol Morsani Hall stage followed by an elegant dinner with Maestro Daniel Lipton in the Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall.  An exciting live auction followed by live music and the presentation of the Coppola award cap off an unforgettable evening.

Opera Gala Participation:
Table - $3,000
Patron - $350

The Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award
Sponsored by Charles A. and Faith S. Simmons


In honor of composer-conductor Anton Coppola, the Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts  Award is given to an artist in celebration of his or her contributions to Opera Tampa and the  music world at large. Recipients are chosen based on their extraordinary efforts to build and  maintain the operatic art form.

This year’s award is presented to world-renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes. Five-time Grammy®- nominated and three-time Grammy®-winner, Milnes is internationally recognized as the leading  Verdi baritone of his time. His remarkable voice, artistic integrity, commanding stage presence, and rugged good looks have made him a favorite for all audiences.

All proceeds benefit Opera Tampa. To learn more, please call the Straz Center Special Events Department at 813.222.1275.

Opera Gala 2014 was a success, raising nearly $60,000 for Opera Tampa! We invite you to view photos from the event by visiting strazcenter.shutterfly.com.