On the Town: How Opera Singers Prepare for a Masterpiece Show

Bay News 9 Reports in ST PETERSBURG, Fla. —  Singers can use their voices as their instruments and opera singers in St. Petersburg are preparing for the tragic masterpiece “Madama Butterfly.” Singers use special techniques to prepare for long shows  Madama Butterfly runs Friday to Sunday at the Palladium Songs will be sang in a different …

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Meet Tenor Samuel Hall, Our B.F. Pinkerton

Anyone who caught Samuel Hall’s performance last season in the St. Petersburg Opera Company production of Faust will remember his rich, warm and commanding tenor in the devil-dealing title role. Sam brings the same emotional intensity to his portrayal of B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, opening this Friday at The Palladium Theatre. Incredibly, we were very …

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Season Announcement 2019/2020

Season Tickets Order Form Click Here for Season Tickets Information The Merry Widow (Lehár). Oct. 18, 20, 22 at the Palladium Theater. Glamorous widow Hanna Glawari is worth 20 million francs, which the scheming Pontevedean ambassador, Baron Zeta, wants to keep in the country. Of her prospective suitors, only Count Danilo holds the key to …

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Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi a complete triumph for St. Petersburg Opera

Puccini’s Il Tritico (The Triptych) is likely to be a night of heaven for me in an opera house. Two thirds of the opera, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (Il Tabarro is missing), results in only a slight reduction of that heaven. One thing I have noticed about the plucky St. Petersburg Opera is, the …

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Baritone SeungHyeon Baek brings a powerful presence and a commanding voice to the title role in the SPO production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Baritone SeungHyeon Baek brings a powerful presence and a commanding voice to the title role in the SPO production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Growing up in South Korea, he was exposed to opera at an early age – his mother attended a vocal conservatory in Italy – and fell in love with the stage while …

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Emily Louise Robinson

Emily is excited to be returning to St. Petersburg Opera Company, where earlier this season she was delighted to cover the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. This last summer she was an apprentice artist during Teatro Nuovo’s inaugural season, where she prepared and performed excerpts of the role of Contessa Almaviva in Le …

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Stephanie Jabre

Soprano Stephanie Jabre most recently sang the role Lauretta with Metropolitan Opera Guild in their concert performance of Gianni Schicchi. She was also a 2019 Eastern Regional Finalist in this years Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.Stephanie has sung with several nationally recognized companies including New York City Opera, The Metropolitan OperaGuild, Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to …

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Jordan Blair Campbell

Local Mezzo Soprano Jordan Blair Campbell, is excited to make her mainstage debut with St. Petersburg Opera as Una conversa in Suor Angelica. Ms. Campbell will also be covering La maestra delle novizie and La badessa. This season, she created the role of The Prince’s Mother in the world premiere of Anton Coppola’s Lady Swanwhite …

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Juliana Curcio

Juliana Curcio, is pleased to be making her St. Petersburg Opera debut as La Suora Zelatrice in Suor Angelica. She was last heard as the role of the 3rd Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Brott Opera, marking her Canada debut. This past spring she was honored to be the Mezzo Soprano soloist for …

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Lara Lynn McGill

Described as “a voice of size, clarity and wide coloristic range… a three-dimensional figure who combined vulnerability with strength and tugged at the heartstrings in her every breath and movement”  (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), soprano Lara Lynn McGill was last seen with St. Petersburg Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.  Before that she portrayed Romilda in Xerxes with …

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Liz Bouk

Liz Bouk brings a “silky mezzo” (New York Times) and an “impressive firmly-grounded contralto” (Opera News) to traditional opera roles including Lucretia, Carmen, Augusta Tabor, Octavian, and Orlofsky. In January, Liz portrayed Hannah-after in the Texas Premiere of As One and will reprise the role in November in celebration of Transgender Awareness Month. This June, …

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Daniel Scofield

Daniel Scofield, a native of Binghamton, NY, continues to garner acclaim for his performances of the baritone repertoire across the United States. For his appearance in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights, the Houston Press declared, “He’s the finest court jester I’ve seen in years.” Last August Daniel began work with Sherrill Milnes as an …

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Soleil Oliva

A native of Tampa, Soleil Oliva earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona in 2017, where she studied under Dr. Kristin Dauphinais. Recently, she performed the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and toured for two seasons (2016/17-2017/18) with Arizona Opera performing Rusalka in Rusalka as well as Gretel in …

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Susan Spatafora

Previous SPO engagements Giulietta, The Tales of HoffmannSusannah, SusannahSoloist Seasonal Sparkle 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018Micaëla, Carmen Opera Tampa, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, LeïlaSouth Florida Lyric Opera, Anna, Le VilliPalm Beach Opera, La Bohème, Mimì Upcoming engagements: Lakeland Opera, La Bohème, Mimì, January 2020Opera Tampa, Carmen, Micaëla, February 2020

Sam Flores

Samuel Flores, Latin American Baritone, has been praised for his “velvet-like voice” and “beautiful tone quality”. Mr. Flores resides in Brooklyn, New York where he can be seen performing locally. Mr. Flores recently performed the role of Schaunard with Amore Opera in their production of Puccini’s La Bohème in 2018 under the baton of Scott …

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Stephen Hobe

Baritone Stephen Hobe has flourished in classical and crossover repertoire in hometown Chicago. Mr. Hobe is “a generous performer,” lauded for his charismatic and often quirky performances of particularly English and Italian repertoire.Mr. Hobe’s blossoming career started with the Florentine Opera this past summer, where he was a Summer Concert Resident. He is currently a …

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Tony Dillon

Veteran bass Tony Dillon has appeared with leading opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the United States. A versatile artist, his repertoire ranges from the works of Peri and Cavalli to world premieres including operas and song cycles of Coppola, Earnest, Mlyn, Fink and others. Mr. Dillon has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times …

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Aleksandra Ritums

Mrs Gleaton in Susannah; Mts. Paroo cover/Ensemble in The Music Man; soloist and chorus in Seasonal Sparkle concerts; Chorus for La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Faust, Tales of Hoffman, Elixir of Love, Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Abduction from the Seraglio, Carmen, et al

Kelly Curtin

Kelly Curtin, lyric coloratura soprano, has been lauded for her “crystal-clear soprano” (Opera News) and the“lovely fullness” of her voice (New York Classical Review). She is known for her comedic timing and keen acting abilities as well as her vocal acrobatics. Her favorite roles performed include Die Königin der Nacht (​Die Zauberflöte​), Donna Anna (​Don …

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SeungHyeon Baek

Baritone SeungHyeon Baek is quickly gaining recognition, throughout the American Opera circuit, as a young artist of significant talents and versatility. Specifically, he has been applauded and recognized for recent performances, over the past few seasons, for his “full, generous baritone voice” and his considerable “histrionic abilities combined with his rich artistry.” Last season, Mr. …

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TWO-MEN Quilt Exhibit Opens May 1

TWO-MEN, an exhibition of works by Tampa quilt artists Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer, opens May 1 in the Mirella Cimato Gallery, and will run through June 30. Both artists are retired bank executives; their style of quilting is considered a mélange of traditional, contemporary, artistic and modern.

Opera Meltdown

Nobody can illuminate and explain opera quite like Maestro Sforzini. Take a look inside his recent “Opera Therapy – The Final Meltdown” at the Museum of Fine Arts, and you’ll agree. There’s one more opportunity to experience this uniquely fun introduction to opera – this Thursday (March 21) at the Iberian Rooster.

Video: Artist Jenny Bleackley

MEET THE ARTIST: Say hello to watercolor artist Jenny Bleackley, whose solo exhibition ‘Halcyon Days’ is now at the Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central. If you weren’t able to get to the Second Saturday ArtWalk  here’s a quick guide to the work, from Jenny herself.

Lloyd Goldstein & Joshua Paul: Creative Collaborators

Coming this Saturday (March 9), Creative Collaborations at Opera Central brings together a diverse and eclectic collection of music and musicians. Among the performers: Tampa’s Lloyd Goldstein, a composer, and arranger, and a restlessly creative double bassist. Lloyd played with the Florida Orchestra for 21 years before joining the Arts in Medicine program at Moffitt …

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Jenny Bleakley’s Halcyon Days at Mirella Cimato Gallery

New at the Mirella Cimato Gallery The exciting new exhibition at the Mirella Cimato Gallery, inside Opera Central, is HALCYON DAYS by esteemed watercolor artist Jenny Bleakley from Sussex, England – now a resident of St. Pete with a studio in the Arts XChange! Come and see works from her colorful Florida Flowers series and lots more! Second Saturday …

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Creative Collaborations: Chamber music and more

Based on a Russian folk tale, Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) combines chamber music, narration, dance and theater to relate the time-tested parable of a man who sells his soul to the devil. Appropriately, this legendary work is the centerpiece of St. Pete Opera’s Creative Collaborations, Saturday, March 9 at Opera Central. Maestro Sforzini …

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Interview With Keith Arsenault

If you’ve seen theatre or opera in Tampa Bay, you’ve probably seen a production Keith Arsenault helped bring to life. A skilled lighting designer, set designer, theatre tech consultant and arts administrator, Keith is the resident lighting designer of the St Pete Opera, runs HCC Ybor’s beautiful Performing Arts Center, has worked as a voiceover …

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