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The Stranger's Tale

Friday, May 10 2024 at noon

Ancient City Baptist Church

27 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine FL

This free performance is part of the Romanza Festivale


An opera in one act. 

Music by Curtis Tucker.  

Original libretto by Nelson Sheeley
Companion to Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat

  • April 2005, Sorg Opera, Middletown, OH (premiere)

  • July 2009, Resonanz Festival, Albany, NY (premiere of piano/solo violin version) February 2018, First Coast Opera, Saint Augustine, FL

  • October 2023, Mount Dora, FL. 

Opera Performance to Examine Homelessness

First Coast Opera will present The Stranger's Tale, an opera examining the issue of homelessness and the stigma experienced by those it affects.  The one-hour performances will take place at Ancient City Baptist Church in Saint Augustine on Friday, May 10, at noon, as part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts.  The free performance is appropriate for all ages.

A story of faith and hope, The Stranger's Tale examines modern homelessness through music and drama.  Set around a park bench, the one-act opera centers around an unnamed man experiencing homelessness.  His interactions, sometimes unwanted, uplift other parkgoers who encounter him.  Are the effects accidental, coincidental, or divine?  According to Tucker, "That is for the audience to decide."

About the opera's premiere in 2005, American Record Guide described it as "an immense hit with the audience" and a "sincere, humane tale [with] easily accessible music, mainly tonal with an occasional dash of dissonance, neatly effective and supportive of the text."

The opera features an original libretto by Nelson Sheeley and music by FCO Artistic Director Curtis Tucker.  Cast to be announced.  This project is funded in part by the Romanza Festivale of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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