The Merry Widow

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Night at the Opera.” The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár presented in English by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in artistic partnership with Florida Southern College.

Live at the Gardens! Curtis on Tour

Pinewood Estate Front

Live at the Gardens! Music at Pinewood Series features Curtis On Tour by the Curtis Institute of Music 5 p.m. Featuring Curtis Opera Theatre artistic director Mikael Eliasen on piano accompanying four students, this program includes opera arias, and likely a Broadway tune or two. Curtis alumni composers will be represented with works by Samuel Barber […]

Viva La Diva!

Viva La Diva

The Opera Theatre, directed by John Thomasson, and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jo Jossim, presents VIVA LA DIVA! This celebration of “Opera Diva” showcases the talents of our outstanding female student singers (and a few male singers as well!) who are joined by our three faculty “divas,” Diane Willis Stahl, Beth Gibbs, and Christina Dominski Sale. […]


IMPERIAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: “LA TRAVIATA” (Festival of Fine Arts Special Event) Saturday, January 17, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual Night at the Opera, Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the timeless tale of desire and devotion that has captivated audiences for […]

Moonlight Carillon Concert: Opera Evergreens

Bok Tower Carillon

A unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after-hours and enjoy a concert under the light of the full moon.

Romance, Lies, and Opera

To love and not be loved, at times touches us all. The ecstasy and pain of love, twisted by a mix of lies and truth … Is this life, or could it be a soap opera? No… it’s opera! Experience these emotions, as expressed through the dramatic – and sometimes melodramatic – music of opera […]

Die Fledermaus

January 23, 7 pm. The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual A Night at the Opera: Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss II. With an artistic staff headed by conductor James Caraher and stage director Mark Thomsen, this festive production will feature nationally acclaimed singers in […]

FSC’S Radio Opera Hour Presents …

This evening’s “Radio Opera Hour” on fictional WFSC features FSC’s Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra in a double bill that includes Rumplestiltskin: Ultimate Bully by Denise Page Caraher  (literary themes by the Brothers Grimm and musical themes by Johann Strauss II) and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s contemporary masterpiece, The Old Maid and the Thief.  In this creative […]

A Night at the Opera…Scenes

Southeastern University presents A Night at the Opera…Scenes on March 12 at 7pm at Polk Museum of Art. Vocal students perform a range of scenes in a delightful foray into operatic styles and periods. Adults $7, students $5.

Night at the Opera

IMPERIAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA LEONCAVALLO’S “Pagliacci” (in Italian) Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. Branscomb Auditorium Ticket Information: The Imperial Symphony Orchestra’s unique “A Night at the Opera” fuses nationally and internationally-renowned singers and artistic staff with local professional singers, production/artistic staff, and ISO musicians. Rounding out this […]

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