Tacoma Opera will celebrate the opening of its 49th season this weekend with a production of Jacques Offenbach's “La Périchole” at Broadway Center's Rialto Theater.
Offenbach wrote this three-act opéra bouffe-style work, with its libretto produced by Henri Melhac and Ludovic Halévy. “La Périchole” debuted in Paris in 1868 and is one of Offenbach's more popular operas.
The story is set in South America with its titular character based on 18th century Peruvian entertainer Micaela Villegas. She and her lover, Piquillo, are poor street singers who are trying to raise enough money for their marriage license. The plot thickens as Périchole catches the eye of scheming Peruvian Viceroy Don Andrès de Ribeira, who plots to make her his own.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and Thursday, May 5, with a matinee performance scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 7. Tickets are available now with prices ranging from $25 to $85; www.broadwaycenter.org.
Ernest A. Jasmin, Tacoma Weekly