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Russian National Ballet cancels March 22 performance at Mann Hall

Bad Boys of Opera booked for same date

By Staff | Dec 2, 2021

The world-wide shipping logjam is playing havoc with more than holiday gifts. The Fort Myers Community Concert Association announced today that one of its concerts for the 2022 season has cancelled due to concerns about costumes and sets being shipped from Europe on a timely basis.

The Russian National Ballet, which was scheduled to perform “Swan Lake” at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall March 22, has cancelled its entire U.S. tour, according to Community Concert Association President Mary Lee Mann.

However, Mann was quick to book another concert to replace the ballet. The Bad Boys of Opera will perform on the same March 22 date that was originally scheduled for the Russian National Ballet. Season tickets already purchased, including for the new concert, will be mailed this month.

“What the ballet agents told me was that they are scheduled in Europe, ending in Spain and would normally ship their costumes at the end of the tour. Now they are afraid there will not be enough time between then and the scheduled start of the U.S. tour for the shipment of sets and costumes to arrive, be unloaded and delivered around the country. We were at the end of their U.S. tour. They decided to cancel the tour in advance rather than risk having to cancel at the last minute,” she said.

The Bad Boys of Opera is a new tour concert production featuring three highly-acclaimed male vocalists who have been called the “finest since The Three Tenors,” with individual performance credits including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera and Philadelphia Opera Company. The classical repertoire they perform will be instantly recognizable to the audience, Mann said.

“They have gotten such rave reviews since being formed that we have tried to schedule them for a couple of years but were unable to, so we are especially excited that they are available at this time to give us such an exceptional return season after having to take our COVID break last year,” Mann said.

Individual tickets and season tickets for all five performances of the Community Concert season are available through the Barbara B. Mann box office, 239-481-4849 or visit www.bbmannpah.com

All performances will be at the Barbara B. Mann Hall on the Florida SouthWestern College campus in Fort Myers. All five concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are included in one ticket price, which ranges from $155 for orchestra seats to $85 for lower balcony seating and just $65 for upper balcony. All $165 prime orchestra seats as well as mezzanine seating is already sold out, Mann said.

With the exception of the Itzhak Perlman concert on March 5, all single tickets cost $55 for orchestra/mezzanine seating; $35 for lower balcony seating; and $25 for upper balcony seating.

Single tickets for Itzhak Perlman are $70 each or $80 for prime seating in the orchestra pit.

For Community Concert Association information, visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org.

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