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 … Read the rest
Sarah Best, Hattie, is pleased to join SPO in this production of Kiss Me, Kate. Ms. Best is from Henrietta, New York, but travels the world nowadays- with intermittent stops at her hometown of Henrietta.
She has a BM … Read the rest
Monica Charline Brown, soprano, is elated to be making her St. Petersburg Opera debut. With “incredible stage presence and a soprano voice that thrills audiences” (Amalia Balash, She Loves Me, Clay & Wattles 2018, Curtain Call), Monica is delighted to … Read the rest
Charles is from Bradenton and now lives in Venice, Florida. He attended school at Marymount Manhattan College.
Recent engagements: TheatreZone, FL, Me & My Girl, Bill Snibson; Venice Theater, FL, Crazy For You, Bobby Child; American Stage, FL, The Producers, … Read the rest
Michele’s musical gifts were evident at a very early age. By the age of five she was hitting the high notes along with Julie Andrews to recordings of “Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”. As a child, Michele studied piano … Read the rest
Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert, and operatic repertoire.
Recently, Mr. Kelly made debuts at Carnegie Hall, with … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Hailed for her “warm, agile and full voice”, soprano Chelsea Lehnea is quickly establishing herself as exciting young artist equally at home on both the concert and opera stage. A 2016 alumna of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program, … Read the rest
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, … Read the rest
Introducing the townspeople of River City and the traveling salesmen
St. Petersburg Opera announces AUDITIONS for select roles in KISS ME KATE
Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter
Mark Sforzini Artistic Director Rehearsals begin January 3, 2019
Daryl Gray, Director/Choreographer Show dates: February 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10, 2019… Read the rest
Hailed by the New York Times as “rich voiced” and by Opera News for his “interesting and convincing portrayal of Scarpia, most impressive in Te Deum” in Tosca, Argentinean-American baritone, Gustavo Feulien, continues his career with great success.
Most … Read the rest
Bass Matthew Anchel, praised for his “magnetic, deep voice,” by the New York Times, was a Grand Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
The 2017-18 season will be his fourth on the Metropolitan Opera roster, covering in … Read the rest
Praised for the distinctive warmth of his voice, clear diction, and exceptional musicianship, American baritone Keith Harris is captivating audiences in his performances on both operatic and concert stages. This season, he joins New York City Opera for their production … Read the rest
California native, tenor Todd Wilander, has sung over 70 opera roles thoughout the USA and in 15 countries. Since winning The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has appeared with the company as Arturo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (James Levine), Almaviva … Read the rest
Versatile coloratura soprano Kelli Butler is quickly making her mark on the opera world, appearing recently in concert for The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Bel Canto at Caramoor, Die Zauberflőte for the Martina … Read the rest
St. Petersburg Opera
Brian Collar, Choirmaster
Lily Victoria Alfaro
Seasonal Sparkle 2017 Chorus
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest