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February 8 - 10, 2024

Join us for a delightful and passionate program of famous opera scenes performed by our distinguished Resident Artists.   We will present Act 3 from Puccini’s La Bohème as well as several scenes from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet and Samuel Barber’s nine-minute opera, A Hand of Bridge.  Opera Scenes will  be performed with piano accompaniment and staged in Preis Hall.  Conducted by Maestro Sforzini. Stage Direction by Adam Cioffari and Karl Hesser.  Presented as part of the St Petersburg Celebration of the Arts Shakespeare Festival this presentation is perfect for both newbies and opera aficionados.

Sung in Italian, French, and English with English translations projected above the stage.

Sponsored by The Edward and Elaine Hudson Family Foundation
                                & Belinda Dumont


Giacomo Puccini, Charles Gounod, and Samuel Barber



Mark Sforzini


Tampa Bay Times

Run Time

Approximately 85 minutes with one intermission.

Principal Cast

Ashley Thunder

as Mimi

Kevin D. Mitchell, Jr.

as Rodolfo

Kevin Nickorick

as Marcello
Marina Nunez

Marina Nuñez

as Musetta

Maija Lisa Currie

as Juliette

Chris Romeo

as Romeo

Julia Glicksberg

as Gertrude
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John Short

as Friar Laurence
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Jennifer Lamont

as Geraldine / Hand of Bridge

Enoch Terry

as Bill / Hand of Bridge
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Lyndsey Clopton

as Sally / Hand of Bridge

Alex Boyd

as David / Hand of Bridge

Creative Team

Mark Sforzini


Karl W. Hesser

Stage Director

Adam Cioffari

Stage Director

Evelyn-Marie Twitty

Lighting Designer

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