Operas

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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Strong leads propel St. Petersburg Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

Reviewer Andrew Meacham wrote:  An unconscious prince in a magical forest gets rescued by three witchy women who serve a mysterious queen. He soon returns the favor, rescuing the queen’s daughter with whom he has fallen instantly in love. What’s not to love about this adult fairy tale immortalized by Mozart in The Magic Flute? …

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Meet me at the opera. You have your ticket, right?

Gounod’s romantic, French grand opera Faust presents us with glorious melodies and sumptuous orchestrations for this dark tale. Unhappy with life, Faust yearns for a return to his youth; makes a pact with the Devil and draws a host of characters into his bargain. Méphistophélès is only too happy to service Faust in his desire …

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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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Meacham Calls “Elixir of Love” Actually Funny

Andrew Meacham’s Writes: Here’s a one-question poll. Suppose your favorite comedian was coming through town. But for the same ticket price, you could instead attend a “comic opera” written in the 19th century. Ask 20 people on the streets of St. Petersburg which show they would rather attend. It wouldn’t be close. But here’s why …

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A faithful, delightful rendition of ‘La Bohème’

Andrew Meacham reviewed: Now and then, someone launches a contemporary version of La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini’s paean to love and loss, with mixed results. A production in Washington, D.C., set the downtrodden artists in the 1980s club scene. Another, in Oslo, started the show with the heroine, Mimi, who we already know will die at …

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