Artists

SPO DVD is First Ever of Susannah!

St. Petersburg Opera Company is delighted to announce the first ever DVD recording of the Carlisle Floyd opera Susannah, with Maestro Mark Sforzini and starring Susan Hellman Spatafora, Stefanie Izzo and Aleksandra Ritums.  Filmed in 2014 at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida, the DVD includes bonus materials including an interview with composer Carlisle …

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Samuel Hall sings Nessun Dorma

St. Petersburg Opera Company’s Samuel Hall sings Nessun dorma at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida  on December 18, 2016 with Maestro Mark Sforizini directing the St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the annual Seasonal Sparkle celebration of all four seasons!

Arsenault’s design brings out the full richness of Tales of Hoffman

Michael Eddy of Stage-Directions.com writes: Lighting Designer Keith Arsenault recently lit the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s production of the Jacques Offenbach classic, Tales of Hoffmann. Following a poet through three fanciful stories of unrequited love, this opera has held sway over audiences since it debuted in Paris 136 years ago. Its bright, lively music and a clever libretto are …

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Maestro Interview by Creative Pinellas

From Creative Pinellas: Maestro Mark Sforzini dispels notions of opera being too stuffy or boring. The affable conductor, composer and director of the St. Petersburg Opera hosts amusingly informative events that de-snobify the genre. His Evenings and Mornings with the Maestro and the cheeky Opera Therapy series offer explanations, conversations and mini-performances that shed light …

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The maestro, the money and the unfinished ‘Great Gatsby’ opera

St. Pete Times‘ Andrew Meachum writes this: Daisy Buchanan — you’ve heard of her — is an irrepressible teen. She is drawn to Jay Gatsby — you’ve heard of him — an enigmatic, though problematic, wealthy older man. Sforzini labored over Daisy, his operatic prequel to The Great Gatsby, for more than a year. It …

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Cast Bio: Alexander Adams-Leytes

Buffo bass-baritone ALEXANDER ADAMS-LEYTES, in making his professional debut in March of 2013 with Pacific Opera Project, in Los Angeles, CA, was described as “transcendental” and “never missing a syllable or pitch…always creating a plausible motive for his insane vocal and physical acrobatics” in his specialty area of comic patter singing as Dr. Bartolo in …

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Cast Bio: John Short

John Short is a Bass-Baritone that studied at USF with Dr. Warren Jaworski. Previous roles have included Masetto/Commendatore in Don Giovanni with New Century Opera,  Der Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Juano in West Side Story, both with St Pete Opera company. John has also understudied the roles of Angelotti in Tosca, Antonio in …

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Cast Bio: Jeremy Milner

Bass JEREMY MILNER is quickly gaining recognition as a formidable talent in the U.S. and abroad. Milner recently débuted the role of Hagen in Götterdämmerung with the Grand Théâtre de Genève, earning rave reviews: “Jeremy Milner’s Hagen vocally dominates the stage. The very rich timbre of his voice gives the character a rich and expressive …

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Cast Bio: Jay Lucas Chacon

Jay Lucas Chacon is a baritone from Phoenix AZ, currently residing in NYC.  Jay recently performed Inkeeper/Governor in Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Figaros in the Paisiello Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze di Figaro with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and Opera Company of Brooklyn, respectively.  Upcoming engagements include covering …

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Cast Bio: Daniel Scofield

Described by the Houston Press as “Robust and handsome with booming voice in full range.”, two time regional Metropolitan Opera Council audition finalist Daniel Scofield is quickly gaining recognition for the drama of his performances. This season Daniel performed the role of Ford with Pacific Opera Project and sang Wanderer in the second act of …

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Cast Bio: Melissa Primavera

Noted for her “glowing” and “sumptuous” voice, soprano Melissa Primavera has become a favorite with audiences.  Of her performance as Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann Michael Caruso wrote, “She sang with dramatic intensity, impassioned lyricism and touching intimacy.” Her June 2014 performance of Clotilde in Norma at St. Petersburg Opera Company was hailed by the …

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Cast Bio: Michelle Seipel

MICHELLE SEIPEL is delighted to be performing once again at St. Petersburg Opera. Hailed as “an impressive soprano” of “considerable vocal agility and style” (Baltimore Sun), Ms. Seipel’s credits include roles such as Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Opera Vivente and Rosina (The Barber of Seville) with American Landmark Festival. Combining her love of travel …

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Cast Bio: Jesse Stock

St. Pete Opera Company is happy to welcome back Baritone JESSE STOCK. “A performer to keep an eye on in the future,” baritone Jesse Stock hails from the small town of Bennett, Iowa.  An up and coming talent, Mr. Stock’s resume includes several roles including Sir John Falstaff in Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi,  …

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Cast Bio: Danielle Talamantes

“It’s not often that a fortunate opera-goer witnesses the birth of a star!,” noted of Soprano DANIELLE TALAMANTES’ recent role debut as Violetta in La Traviata.  This season, Talamantes sings the soprano solo in Haydn’s Creation with Cathedral Choral Society, Händel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at the National Philharmonic, Violetta …

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Cast Bio: Russell Andrade

Portuguese-American Jugendlicher Heldentenor, Russell C. Andrade was hailed as having a “liquid, clear as a bell tenor quality” to his voice and a “big beautiful tenor voice perfect for heroic roles” in the American press after his debut with the Vermont Philharmonic and renowned Metropolitan Opera bassist/conductor, Louis Kosma. He has participated in recitals and …

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Cast Bio: Kyle Tomlin

Kyle Tomlin is thrilled to return to St. Petersburg Opera for his main-stage debut as Rodolfo. His other engagements this season include Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Rodolfo cover in La Bohème, and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette as an Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera as well as a main-stage debut with Toledo Opera …

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