Interview With Keith Arsenault

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 …

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Cast Bio – Charlie Logan, Bill Calhoun / Lucentio

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, Scott/Ensemble St Pete Opera debut. KISS ME, KATE 2018 – Bill Calhoun / Lucentio

Cast Bio – Michael Kelly, Fred / Petruchio

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 the New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony and the Cincinnati May Festival. He performed Bernstein’s Mass …

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A sweet, satisfying introduction to opera for children

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 …

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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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Ensemble and Townspeople – Music Man

Introducing the townspeople of River City and the traveling salesmen Cory Allman Salesman #1, u/s Marcellus, Ensemble Dereck Seay Salesman #2, Ensemble Zachary Twitty Salesman #3, Ensemble Andrew Emery Salesman #4, Ensemble Samuel Hall Salesman #5, Ensemble Hailey Hendrickson Pick-a-Little Swing, Ensemble, dance co-captain Brian Hupp u/s Harold Hill, Ensemble Stephanie Jabre u/s Marian Paroo, …

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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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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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