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Mark Sforzini

Sterling Ensemble Lifts Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart broke barriers in opera, and not just by weaving those impossible harmonies with seemingly little effort. Together with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, he also relished any chance to tweak the upper class, first in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. The St. Petersburg Opera opened its season Friday with Don Giovanni

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SPO News

Sunshine City, The Musical

See a staged reading of the hilarious new musical Sunshine City at Opera Central!  Written by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak, both members of the SPO family, and starring Matt Acquard (Bad Jews) and Julia Rifino (Avenue Q) as Sunshine Citizens who fall in love while concocting publicity stunts to draw tourists to St. Pete.

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Events

Lavish, Enjoyable and Exuberant!

Andrew Meacham gushes: Musically, the creative team behind the St. Petersburg Opera’s season-ending musical, The Music Man, were clearly going all out. Meredith Willson’s paean to small-town Americana outdid West Side Story in the 1958 Tony Awards with a hit parade of tunes — including Goodnight My Someone, Seventy-Six Trombones and Till There Was You

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Operas

Announcing Our 2018-19 Season

Why can’t you behave? Characters who simply can’t control themselves permeate this intrepid opera company’s 13th season which includes Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly and Kiss Me Kate along with Pinocchio and the popular Maestro Series St. Petersburg, Fla. ─ June 5, 2018 – The St. Petersburg Opera (SPO) comes out swinging with

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Artists

The Tampa Bay area is lucky!

TampaBay.com: After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony. “This piece is about community,” said Kenyon Wilson, whose composition, Five, honors four Marines and a Navy

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SPO News

Maestro Sforzini dusting off his bassoon

Our own Maestro Sforzini will be dusting off his bassoon to play a recital this Saturday night with clarinetist Brian Moorhead.  Moorhead (41 years Principal Clarinet with the Florida Orchestra) commissioned Sforzini to compose a Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Additional commissioners include Belinda Dumont and Gayle Bertelstein.   Moorhead and Sforzini played 15

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Mark Sforzini

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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Artists

Morning Blend Show

Maestro Sforzini and Kelly Butler appear on Morning Blend with a preview of The Magic Flute. Click here to see.

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At the OC

Opera is for Everyone

by Susie Hellman Spatafora (Assoc. Director of Development at St. Pete Opera and lover of opera education for kids!) Everyone here at Opera Central is super excited about our opera for children, Pinocchio! Sunny Spaces, our set designer and builder, is hard at work perfecting the set in Preis Hall, and Maestro Sforzini has assembled

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Events

Cocktails with the Maestro

Join the fun at our inaugural Cocktails with the Maestro in vibrant downtown St. Petersburg.  Gather your friends and join us after work or school to enjoy a great venue and opera antics…a perfect duo. Maestro Mark Sforzini will lead a 90 minute program themed to enhance your experience in an engaging and entertaining way.

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Events

‘Faust’ a Hit!

Seasoned cast scores an extra-base hit for St. Petersburg Opera with ‘Faust’ says Andrew Meacham, Times Performing Arts Critic: Charles Gounod’s Faust sets the table early. The world-weary philosopher immortalized in a dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in his study, lamenting his state of affairs. He’s willing to give away everything he

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Events

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!

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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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St. Petersburg Opera continues to astound

William S. Oser says in Talkin’ Broadway “I would have been delighted to encounter a performance this good of this opera at any of the … European Opera Houses.” The glories of this production all come from the infrastructure of St. Petersburg Opera, Maestro Mark Sforzini (why aren’t other regional opera companies banging on his

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