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
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 … Read the rest
Taylor-Alexis DuPont is a Mezzo-Soprano from Orlando, Florida. She is honored to be a part of Studio 410 under the expertise of world renowned singer Denyce Graves. Miss DuPont has performed operas & concerts with many companies & venues including … Read the rest
Tenor Chad Kranak is known for both his musicality and his sparkling humor. This season’s performances include Rhomboidal in L’île de Tulipitan (Light Opera of New York), Doge in Rossini’s Otello (Bard Music Festival), and most recently Paulo in Rachmaninov’s … Read the rest
Hailing from Westchester, NY, mezzo-soprano Emily Geller has been praised as “delightfully over the top” and “most enjoyable to watch and listen to”. This past summer she returned to Opera North (NH) to perform Oreste in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène… Read the rest
Mezzo-soprano Jaime Hartzell is quickly becoming known for her ability to sing a wide range of repertoire. Praised for her stage presence and striking acting abilities, she made her return to Opera Project Columbus to reprise the role of The … Read the rest
Matthew Ciuffitelli’s pleasing, plangent baritone, his ability to negotiate fioritura, and his bravura on stage have brought him acclaim from audiences at a very young age. Matthew studied at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts. Since finishing his … Read the rest
Soprano Rachael Marino has been noted for her dramatic versatility as well as her “beautifully soaring” voice. She has been hailed as “hilarious” and “expressive” while also praised for ascending “up to the top notes…in the show’s loveliest moment.”
Most … Read the rest
Puerto Rican tenor Carlos Feliciano has been described as “a commanding presence”. DC Metro Arts wrote “his direct and clearer tenor voice is the perfect vehicle of his ‘leading romantic man’ persona”. A proponent of new music, the tenor understudied … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Sahoko Sato Timpone is a native of Tokyo who grew up in Germany and the U.S. Highlights of her 2016/17 season include Mercédès in Carmen with Opera Maine (formerly PORTOpera), Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Opera Gala Concert with the … Read the rest
Branch Fields, whom Opera America describes as “a bass of resonant richness,” and The New York Times declared to be “a gifted young bass,” is delighting audiences and critics alike, whether it be in opera, concert, or musical theater. … Read the rest
Phillip K. Bullock, a native of Washington DC, has been featured in productions, recitals and concerts throughout the United States. Phillip recently had the pleasure of covering the role of Jake in The Royal Danish Opera’s new production … Read the rest
Third Prize winner at the Concorsa Internazionale per cantanti Lirici Spazio Musica in Orvieto, Italy (July 2013), Finalist at the Altamura Caruso International Voice Competition in New York (October 2011), First Prize at the national final of the Canadian Music … Read the rest
Mezzo-soprano Nian Wang is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship and while with the company she sang Ascanius in The Trojans, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Tebaldo in Don Carlo .
She participated in … Read the rest
Puerto Rican baritone César A. Méndez Silvagnoli has been praised for his dark, velvety voice and strong stage presence. He is making his St. Petersburg Opera Company debut as Valentin in Gounod’s Faust. In the 2016-2017 season he performed: … Read the rest
JUSTIN BERKOWITZ, tenor, originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been praised for his “exacting and animated” performances, and is quickly gaining national attention for both his character work, as well as his “bright future in bel canto.”
The 2016-17 season began … Read the rest
Bass-baritone Timothy Wilt, a native of Seminole, Florida has earned a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s in Clarinet and Voice Performance from the University of South Florida.
His professional operatic credits include … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
Hear Maestro and some cast members on WUSF discussing St. Pete Opera and The Tales of Hoffman.… Read the rest
Paula Broadwater made her Tampa Bay area debut performance in June 2015 on the Palladium stage in St. Petersburg Opera’s Putting It Together and was noted by the Tampa Bay Times to have “capitalized on a long background in musicals … Read the rest
Caitlin Mesiano is a New York City-based actor who is rapidly gaining a reputation for her creative portrayals of a variety of characters on stage and screen. Recently, Ms. Mesiano made her Lincoln Center debut singing in the annual spring … Read the rest
Heather Green soprano is enjoying an exciting 2017! In May, Ms. Green made her critically anticipated debut in the title role of Richard Strauss’s Salome with West Bay Opera in California. She is now looking forward to participating in SPO’s … Read the rest
Praised for her ‘magnificent, expressive soprano sound’ and applauded for her ‘rubber-faced comic naïveté’ (TheatreBloom), Keely Bosworth Borland is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic lyric coloratura soprano.
Notable roles include Gretel/Hansel and Gretel, Mabel/The … Read the rest
Michelle Rego, pianist, flutist, organist, lyric soprano, and choral conductor, is the Director of Liturgy and Music at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Saint Petersburg, after serving at the Cathedral of Saint Jude in that … Read the rest
Baritone Kevin Grace is gaining a reputation as an accomplished performer with a variety of roles and genres. In 2005, Kevin made his operatic debut as Happy in La fanciulla del West with New York City Opera. As a principal … Read the rest
American Baritone Clayton Brown is a native of Dallas, Texas currently living and performing in New York City.
Hailed for “physically and vocally selling the song like no other” (Broadway World), Clayton has had a stage career ranging … Read the rest
“Warm, funny, and passionate by turns, soaring in elegant lyricism” (The Classical Review), Soprano Megan Pachecano’s recent portrayal of Anne Page in Vaughan Williams’s Sir John in Love with Odyssey Opera earned high praise from Boston critics.
Other … Read the rest
Caroline Tye is thrilled to be returning to Saint Petersburg Opera, having made her SPO debut last season as Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen.
Recent opera credits include the title role in Carmen with Delaware Valley Opera, Madame de Haltière … Read the rest
Daryl Gray debuted as a professional actor at age 14; was a Broadway cast member in Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; soloist in On Your Toes and other shows; a soloist with Brussels based Bejart Company; principal guest artist with dance companies … Read the rest
Pianist, DAVID ŠTECH is the assistant conductor at St. Petersburg Opera (FL), associate conductor of Dell’Arte Opera, organist and choirmaster of St. John’s Episcopal Church (Passaic, NJ) and serves on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Štech’s … Read the rest