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On the Town: How Opera Singers Prepare for a Masterpiece Show

Bay News 9 Reports in ST PETERSBURG, Fla. —  Singers can use their voices as their instruments and opera singers in St. Petersburg are preparing for the tragic masterpiece “Madama Butterfly.” Singers use special techniques to prepare for long shows  Madama Butterfly runs Friday to Sunday at the Palladium Songs will be sang in a different

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Meet our ‘Butterfly,’ Zoya Gramagin

In the other St. Petersburg – the one in Russia – the local music critic praised Zoya Gramagin as “a true Verdian soprano, [with] fascinating richness of the voice and fiery musicality.” The native of Moscow who sings spinto dramatic repertoire with warm, inviting Slavic colors has drawn praise since her first full production, in The

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Meet Tenor Samuel Hall, Our B.F. Pinkerton

Anyone who caught Samuel Hall’s performance last season in the St. Petersburg Opera Company production of Faust will remember his rich, warm and commanding tenor in the devil-dealing title role. Sam brings the same emotional intensity to his portrayal of B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, opening this Friday at The Palladium Theatre. Incredibly, we were very

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Are you ready for ‘Madama Butterfly’?

Weren’t Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi spectacular? We were so glad you could join us for those two exceptional productions – and our 2019 Puccini Festival is far from over! The composer’s masterwork, the beautiful and tragic Madama Butterfly, is next, with music that will make your heart dance and a storyline that’s been bringing

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Season Announcement 2019/2020

Season Tickets Order Form Click Here for Season Tickets Information The Merry Widow (Lehár). Oct. 18, 20, 22 at the Palladium Theater. Glamorous widow Hanna Glawari is worth 20 million francs, which the scheming Pontevedean ambassador, Baron Zeta, wants to keep in the country. Of her prospective suitors, only Count Danilo holds the key to

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Baritone SeungHyeon Baek brings a powerful presence and a commanding voice to the title role in the SPO production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Baritone SeungHyeon Baek brings a powerful presence and a commanding voice to the title role in the SPO production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Growing up in South Korea, he was exposed to opera at an early age – his mother attended a vocal conservatory in Italy – and fell in love with the stage while

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TWO-MEN Quilt Exhibit Opens May 1

TWO-MEN, an exhibition of works by Tampa quilt artists Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer, opens May 1 in the Mirella Cimato Gallery, and will run through June 30. Both artists are retired bank executives; their style of quilting is considered a mélange of traditional, contemporary, artistic and modern.

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Opera Meltdown

Nobody can illuminate and explain opera quite like Maestro Sforzini. Take a look inside his recent “Opera Therapy – The Final Meltdown” at the Museum of Fine Arts, and you’ll agree. There’s one more opportunity to experience this uniquely fun introduction to opera – this Thursday (March 21) at the Iberian Rooster.

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Video: Artist Jenny Bleackley

MEET THE ARTIST: Say hello to watercolor artist Jenny Bleackley, whose solo exhibition ‘Halcyon Days’ is now at the Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central. If you weren’t able to get to the Second Saturday ArtWalk  here’s a quick guide to the work, from Jenny herself.

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At the OC

Lloyd Goldstein & Joshua Paul: Creative Collaborators

Coming this Saturday (March 9), Creative Collaborations at Opera Central brings together a diverse and eclectic collection of music and musicians. Among the performers: Tampa’s Lloyd Goldstein, a composer, and arranger, and a restlessly creative double bassist. Lloyd played with the Florida Orchestra for 21 years before joining the Arts in Medicine program at Moffitt

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Jenny Bleakley’s Halcyon Days at Mirella Cimato Gallery

New at the Mirella Cimato Gallery The exciting new exhibition at the Mirella Cimato Gallery, inside Opera Central, is HALCYON DAYS by esteemed watercolor artist Jenny Bleakley from Sussex, England – now a resident of St. Pete with a studio in the Arts XChange! Come and see works from her colorful Florida Flowers series and lots more! Second Saturday

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At the OC

Creative Collaborations: Chamber music and more

Based on a Russian folk tale, Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) combines chamber music, narration, dance and theater to relate the time-tested parable of a man who sells his soul to the devil. Appropriately, this legendary work is the centerpiece of St. Pete Opera’s Creative Collaborations, Saturday, March 9 at Opera Central. Maestro Sforzini

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Musicals

Talkin’ Broadway Reviews Kiss Me, Kate

by  William S. Oser Any self-respecting musical lover in this area is already planning to or better get to The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg for one of the three remaining performances of St. Petersburg Opera Company’s excellent Kiss Me, Kate. Kiss Me, Kate opened in December of 1948 as a big fat hit and

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