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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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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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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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