Creative Collaborations 2017 Program Notes
Co-Sponsored by Belinda Dumont & William Ward
Rhapsody for Bassoon and Marimba – World Premiere
by Mark Sforzini
Performed by John Shaw (marimba) and Mark Sforzini (bassoon).
meiuqeR: A Tragedy in Reverse – World Premiere… Read the rest
Tenor Lucas Levy from Lexington, Massachusetts makes his debut with St. Petersburg Opera as the four Servants in Les contes d’Hoffmann, and later this season will appear as Rapunzel’s Prince in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
While appearing in Tosca … Read the rest
Kelly Curtin, lyric coloratura soprano, has been praised for her “stunning soprano” (broadwayworld.com)and “divine high notes” (dcmetrotheaterarts.com).
She has performed such roles as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Eurydice (Orfée aux Enfers), Adele (Die … Read the rest
Soprano Lara Lynn McGill is 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).
She most … Read the rest
Baritone John-Andrew Fernandez has appeared on opera and concert stages across the USA, Europe and Asia.
Recent engagements include Damaso, the leading baritone role in Noli Me Tangere at the National Theater in Manila, Philippines and at the Kennedy Center, … Read the rest
Whether playing a leading man or a supporting character, international tenor Gilad Paz brings new life to every role with his energetic and nuanced performances.
This season’s performances include reprising the role of Tony in West Side Story (which he … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Costume Designer Glenn A. Breed is happy to be returning to St. Petersburg Opera for the 2016-2017 Season as the resident Costume Designer with his costume company Wardrobe Witchery. Glenn serves as an Associate Professor of Theatre Costume Design and … Read the rest
Soprano Jenna Siladie makes her St. Petersburg Opera debut in the present production of L’elisir d’amore. The Wall Street Journal has hailed her as “an ebullient soprano with great stage presence” who “sparkled”, while the New York Times has … Read the rest
Soprano Stephanie Jabre is thrilled to be returning to St. Petersburg Opera!
Currently residing in New York City, Stephanie has performed with several NYC companies including Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Utopia Opera, The New York Opera Forum, American Opera … Read the rest
Phillip K. Bullock, a native of Washington DC, has been featured in productions, recitals and concerts throughout the United States. Recently Phillip had the pleasure of covering the role of Jake in The Royal Danish Opera’s new production of … Read the rest
Mr. Allen made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Hans Foltz in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 1993. Recognized in the buffo repertoire for performances in such roles as Don Pasquale and Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, he has stepped … Read the rest
Vincent Grana (Bass-Baritone) is 28 years old and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He has received his B. M. Magna Cum Laude in Music Education and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at … Read the rest
Mezzo-soprano Kristin Behrmann is excited to be back at St. Petersburg Opera. In 2015 she covered the role of Rosina in St. Petersburg Opera’s production of Barber of Seville. Kristin returns to sing Giannetta, having debuted the role last … Read the rest
Praised by the Washington Post for her “gorgeous singing,” soprano Bridgette Gan is quickly establishing herself as an exciting upcoming talent. Recently, Ms. Gan made a last minute debut as Marie in Palm Beach Opera’s production of La fille du … Read the rest
Aleks Ritums ^
Claire DiVizio *
Holly Flack *
Christina Franco *
Melody Joy Rubin
Jacquelyn Graham ^
Ilene Pabon *
A modern-day Renaissance man, Mark Sforzini is currently the Artistic and Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Opera and Music Director of the Tampa Bay Symphony. Since 2005, he has conducted more than forty fully staged operatic and theatrical productions … Read the rest
Christopher Holloway is an energetic, vibrant performer who “…acts with waltz-like precision…and is able to sing and act with equal agility.” Mr. Holloway has appeared with such distinguished companies as Houston Grand Opera, Opera Tampa, Orlando Opera, Utah Festival Opera, … Read the rest
Cuban-American tenor Héctor Manuel Mir hails from Miami, Florida. The 2016 summer season took him to China where he sang with the iSing Festival in performances in Suzhou and Beijing. In 2015, Hector was an apprentice artist with Miami Summer … Read the rest
Blake Friedman, Tenor – “The charming, sunny Blake Friedman“ (Dayton’s Most Metro) praised for “ardent singing as well as comedic [and] dramatic abilities” (Broadway World) is a “glorious tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) originally from Chicago. … Read the rest
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida tenor Micah Callahan received his Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. While working on his undergraduate studies in Music Performance at Stetson University, Micah appeared in the roles of Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro… Read the rest
An arts administrator, director, writer and educator, Karl W. Hesser has served in Florida as Executive Director of the Lake Wales Arts Council, seven seasons as Director of Education for Sarasota Opera, and twelve seasons with Florida Grand Opera as … Read the rest
Il trovatore is the second of the great trio of mature, middle-period Verdi masterpieces which cemented Verdi’s reputation as the greatest Italian composer of his time. Preceded by Rigoletto and followed by La traviata, this opera demonstrated Verdi’s ability … Read the rest
Part 1 The Duel
Scene 1: The guardroom of the Palace of Aliaferia. Late at night.
Ferrando, Captain of Count di Luna’s guards, warns his men to stay alert for signs of a mysterious troubadour who has been singing … Read the rest
Dan Granke began his career in Fight Direction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 2000 studying under world renowned master teacher and Broadway fight director Erik Fredricksen. He continued his studies in New York City under fight … Read the rest
Steve Mitchell (Set Design) – This is Steve’s fourth opportunity to work with St. Pete Opera , the previous outings being Norma, Susannah, and Il Trovatore.
Previous designs elsewhere include: Freefall Theatre (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, … Read the rest
Soprano Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh, described as “purely lovely” and “delightfully touching” by The Tuscaloosa News, is an accomplished young artist with a performance history reflecting her versatility in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and recital repertoire.
Ms. Buccleugh is … Read the rest
Puerto Rican baritone Rafael Luquis began his studies at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico obtaining a Bachelor degree in Music, majoring in Voice, also winning the Voice Medal at commencement.
In the Opera Workshop at the Conservatory, Mr. … Read the rest
Described a possessing a voice with the “power that one associates with much more mature basses” and “already uses his big, tonally opulent voice with intelligence and subtle control” (Joseph McClellan, Washington Post, Kwangkyu Lee is an imposing and … Read the rest
Hans Tashjian, a young bass described as having “a firm, resonant instrument and a gravid stage presence”, makes his St. Petersburg Opera debut in the present production of Il trovatore. He has most recently appeared as Dr. Grenvil in … Read the rest
Praised by the Ann Arbor News for her “marvelous voice,” soprano Claire DiVizio’s wide-ranging repertoire extends from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary opera and encompasses nearly everything in between. She has been seen in Bytom, Poland as Donna Anna in Mozart’s … Read the rest
Mezzo-soprano, Tara Curtis, is quickly establishing herself as an ” impressively full-voiced, dramatic” singer and her “keen, bright mezzo, darkened with raw edges” has been hailed as “a natural fit for Verdi.” This fall, she will join Palm Beach Opera’s … Read the rest
In 2016, Mexican mezzo-soprano Claudia Chapa returned to Winter Opera St. Louis to perform the role of Azucena (Il trovatore), where she previously appeared as Dame Quickly (Falstaff) and Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor). In … Read the rest
Mr. Arsenault has served on the staff of The Joffrey Ballet, the Opera Company of Boston, Palm Beach Opera and Nacional Ballet de Colombia and as General Manager of the record breaking San Francisco production of Cloud 9 among other … Read the rest
St. Pete Times‘s Andrew Meacham writes: The St. Petersburg Opera Company again closes its season with a musical, this time running two weeks. The extra week for South Pacific anticipates healthy crowds at the Palladium, but also does justice … Read the rest