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.
News from Opera Central
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Opening Jan. 12 and running through Feb. 28, the new exhibit at the Mirella Cimato Gallery features acrylics by St. Petersburg’s Elaine Anagnos, and by Czech artist Miro Sedlar, who has wintered in the area since 1976. At Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue SouthOpening Reception: Saturday, Jan. 12, 5-9 p.m. (during the Second Saturday Art
When Kate met the Maestro: Join us for music and fun William Shakespeare meets Cole Porter in Kiss Me, Kate, our next Mainstage production (Feb. 2-10). In the latest fun and freewheeling editions of our Maestro series, live music and performances by several of St. Pete Opera’s very best singers augment Maestro Sforzini’s introduction to
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
By Bill DeYoung Since his debut in Carlo Collodi’s 19th century children’s book, Pinocchio – the wooden puppet who can walk, talk and get into trouble – has appeared in countless adaptations, from fine art and theater to radio, cinema and television. Always, the lesson is the same: Tell the truth, and you will find