Alhambra Orchestra, Riuniti Opera to offer free family opera concerts

Beat those summer doldrums and show your children what opera is all about — all for free.

For their annual summer collaboration, Riuniti Opera and Alhambra Orchestra, with conductor Timothy Shade, present two free performances of scenes and selections from The Tales of Hoffmann, a cleverly entertaining opera by Jacques Offenbach with plenty of vocal acrobatics.

The talented cast of singers includes Dr. Beverly Coulter, Eddie Valdes, Steven Bourdeau, Enrique Estrada, Jared Peroune, Danielle Sanda, Melissa Ruiz and Stephanie Newman.

In collaboration with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony camp, a 50-minute justfor- kids performance will take place on Friday, July 10, 10 a.m., at West Miami Middle School auditorium, 7525 Coral Way. Children from the community are invited.

The performance for adults and families will be co-sponsored by Temple Beth Am on Sunday, July 19, 4 p.m., in the school auditorium, 5950 N. Kendall Dr. No reservations are needed, but large groups or those needing special accommodation should call in advance.

For additional information, call 305-668- 9260, 305-606-8759, or send email to or

Alhambra Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra made up primarily of volunteer musicians. Riuniti Opera, under the leadership of soprano/music educator Dr. Beverly Coulter, mentors young opera singers. Together, they present a free opera each summer.

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