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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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February is St. Pete’s All Shakespeare Month

Maestro decided that St. Pete Opera’s contribution to the Celebration would be the legendary Broadway musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate – which is, of course, adapted (in a Cole Porter sort of way) from the Shakespeare comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

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Kate is the runaway hit of the season

Kate is the Runaway Hit of the Season  Opening weekend for our production of the Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate at the Palladium Theater was a sold out, across-the-board smash! Audiences thrilled to the live-on-stage, Broadway-style orchestra, and to the exuberant and virtually non-stop dancing in this hilarious, and terrifically tuneful, high-energy show. Three

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St Pete Celebrates With Shakespeare

St. Petersburg Opera Company is thrilled to be part of the inaugural St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts, a monthlong cultural salute to the works of Shakespeare. With book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, and Porter’s unbeatable, Tony-winning music and lyrics, Kiss Me, Kate is the story of a touring theatrical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of

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Operazzi Opening Night After Party

Cole Porter’s sensational musical opens this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Palladium Theater. Join us afterward for a delicious beverage and musical shenanigans at the fabulous Iberian Rooster!

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Video: Backstage at Kiss Me Kate Rehearsal

VIP donors get a unique look at the many activities that go into bringing a Broadway musical to the stage in St. Petersburg. We recently welcomed a group of Chorus Level donors into Opera Central for a backstage peek at a Kiss Me, Kate rehearsal. This is a special perk for donors of a specific

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New at the Mirella Gallery!

 Opening Jan. 12 and running through Feb. 28, the new exhibit at the Mirella Cimato Gallery features acrylics by St. Petersburg’s Elaine Anagnos, and by Czech artist Miro Sedlar, who has wintered in the area since 1976.   At Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue SouthOpening Reception: Saturday, Jan. 12, 5-9 p.m. (during the Second Saturday Art

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When KATE Met The Maestro

When Kate met the Maestro: Join us for music and fun William Shakespeare meets Cole Porter in Kiss Me, Kate, our next Mainstage production (Feb. 2-10). In the latest fun and freewheeling editions of our Maestro series, live music and performances by several of St. Pete Opera’s very best singers augment Maestro Sforzini’s introduction to

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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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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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Sunshine City, The Musical

See a staged reading of the hilarious new musical Sunshine City at Opera Central!  Written by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak, both members of the SPO family, and starring Matt Acquard (Bad Jews) and Julia Rifino (Avenue Q) as Sunshine Citizens who fall in love while concocting publicity stunts to draw tourists to St. Pete.

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Lavish, Enjoyable and Exuberant!

Andrew Meacham gushes: Musically, the creative team behind the St. Petersburg Opera’s season-ending musical, The Music Man, were clearly going all out. Meredith Willson’s paean to small-town Americana outdid West Side Story in the 1958 Tony Awards with a hit parade of tunes — including Goodnight My Someone, Seventy-Six Trombones and Till There Was You

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Announcing Our 2018-19 Season

Why can’t you behave? Characters who simply can’t control themselves permeate this intrepid opera company’s 13th season which includes Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly and Kiss Me Kate along with Pinocchio and the popular Maestro Series St. Petersburg, Fla. ─ June 5, 2018 – The St. Petersburg Opera (SPO) comes out swinging with

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The Tampa Bay area is lucky!

TampaBay.com: After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony. “This piece is about community,” said Kenyon Wilson, whose composition, Five, honors four Marines and a Navy

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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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