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Pinocchio and the Met: Say hello to mezzo-soprano Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Taylor-Alexis Dupont remembers the first piece of music that really, truly moved her. It was Franz Schubert’s lied Gretchen am Spinnrade, the mournful musings of a girl at her spinning wheel, lamenting that she and her lover will never be reunited.”It’s so beautiful,” says the Orlando mezzo-soprano with the rich, dramatic voice, “and I loved

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‘Harmony’ Grant Call for Visual & Performing Artists

Apply Now Call For Proposals:  The St. Petersburg Opera Company of St. Petersburg, FL invites performing and visual artists to submit grant proposals for work focused on tolerance and acceptance.  SPO will award grants to support performance art that highlights clear themes of tolerance and acceptance. Artists can be of any background or pedigree, so

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SPO at the St. Pete First Art Collective!

The incredible Aleks Ritums and Paula Broadwater – with Teresa Ancayo on piano – represented St. Pete Opera Saturday night, Sept. 14 at the opening reception for artist Debbie Bright and “Whimsical Steampunk” at the St. Pete First Art Collective. We love getting out into the community!

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At the OC

Free Valet Parking at Opera Central!

All SPO events at Opera Central now come with complimentary curbside valet service, from our friends at Knights Valet. SPO events include Pinocchio, Holiday Sparkle, Creative Collaborations, Broadway Cabaret and our Donor Quarterly events. At the Palladium Theater, curbside valet parking will be available for $10 per vehicle. You can purchase a parking voucher good

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At the OC

Opera Central Hosts “Way Beyond Water”

Jan Neuberger’s Way Beyond Water at the OC! On Thursday, August  1,  Jan Neuberger’s  new play Way Beyond Water was the latest production by a local playwright to have a public stage reading at Opera Central. We were honored to host Jan and her cast! Call Chris Green at (727) 823-2040, ext. 7, to learn

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Maestro’s Premium Blend Trio at MFA Sunday​

Featuring Maestro Mark Sforzini on bassoon, clarinetist Brian Moorhead and pianist Justin Havard, playing music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Glinka and Strauss – as well as the Sforzini Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano.

“Brian and I sat next to each other for 15 years as principal bassoon and principal clarinet in the Florida Orchestra,” Maestro reflects. “The two of us developed great trust and respect for each other through the years. You can become very attuned to the person next to you, and we often breathed and shaped phrases as one.”

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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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