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Season Announcement 2019/2020

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 Hanna’s heart – through a series of misunderstandings, jealous rages,

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SPO News

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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SPO News

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.

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SPO News

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.

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SPO News

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.

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At the OC

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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SPO News

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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At the OC

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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Musicals

Talkin’ Broadway Reviews Kiss Me, Kate

by  William S. Oser Any self-respecting musical lover in this area is already planning to or better get to The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg for one of the three remaining performances of St. Petersburg Opera Company’s excellent Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate opened in December of 1948 as a big fat hit and

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Musicals

February is St. Pete’s All Shakespeare Month

Maestro decided that St. Pete Opera’s contribution to the Celebration would be the legendary Broadway musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate – which is, of course, adapted (in a Cole Porter sort of way) from the Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

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SPO News

Kate is the runaway hit of the season

Kate is the Runaway Hit of the Season  Opening weekend for our production of the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate at the Palladium Theater was a sold out, across-the-board smash! Audiences thrilled to the live-on-stage, Broadway-style orchestra, and to the exuberant and virtually non-stop dancing in this hilarious, and terrifically tuneful, high-energy show. Three

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SPO News

St Pete Celebrates With Shakespeare

St. Petersburg Opera Company is thrilled to be part of the inaugural St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts, a monthlong cultural salute to the works of Shakespeare. With book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, and Porter’s unbeatable, Tony-winning music and lyrics, Kiss Me, Kate is the story of a touring theatrical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of

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Events

Operazzi Opening Night After Party

Cole Porter’s sensational musical opens this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Palladium Theater. Join us afterward for a delicious beverage and musical shenanigans at the fabulous Iberian Rooster!

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Artists

Video: Backstage at Kiss Me Kate Rehearsal

VIP donors get a unique look at the many activities that go into bringing a Broadway musical to the stage in St. Petersburg. We recently welcomed a group of Chorus Level donors into Opera Central for a backstage peek at a Kiss Me, Kate rehearsal. This is a special perk for donors of a specific

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