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St. Petersburg Opera 2007 - present
Principal Bassoonist
The Florida Orchestra 1992 - 2007
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Nov
15
Fri
Partners in the Arts: A Master Class with Violinist Ellen dePasquale
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm

PINOCCHIO 2019 – Family Series
Sat Nov 16, 2019 – Sat Nov 23, 2019

Family Series: Pinocchio

Family Series: Pinocchio. Nov. 16, 22 and 23 at Opera Central. Utilizing music from Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti – with easily-understood lyrics in English — John Davies’ one-hour adaptation of Pinocchio is the ideal introduction to opera for young people. A fast-moving showcase of operatic storytelling, kid-style, it’s a colorful, fun-filled re-telling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who learns, through a series of misadventures, that lying does not pay. Suitable for all ages.

Performed at Opera Central

Performed in English with live orchestra

Pinocchio Sponsors

Elaine L. Stupp

St. Petersburg Opera Guild Pinellas County Schools

Gloria Matyszyk & Dick Coldwell

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Stephen M. Ray, Jr.

Stage Director

Featured Artists

Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Pinocchio, the Wooden Boy

Kevin Mitchell

Geppetto

Holly Flack

Olympia, a mechanical doll

Rimas Karnavicius

Dr. Dulcamara

Also Starring

Chris Romeo

Cat

Brian Hupp

Wolf

Ashley Thunder

Blue Lady

Richard Randall

The Narrator

Education is key.

This year, in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools Elevate A.R.T.S. program, more than 700 third-graders will be bussed to Opera Central for special mid-morning performances of Pinocchio. The performing arts enrich children’s lives in ways that we may never fully understand. At St. Petersburg Opera Company, we believe that introducing youngsters to our unique form of musical storytelling not only entertains them, it piques their creative curiosity and plants seeds that will grow the next generation of opera fans.  To discover more about our exciting educational opportunities click here.

2019/2020 SEASON

Nov
22
Fri
Pinocchio @ Opera Central
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm

PINOCCHIO 2019 – Family Series
Sat Nov 16, 2019 – Sat Nov 23, 2019

Family Series: Pinocchio

Family Series: Pinocchio. Nov. 16, 22 and 23 at Opera Central. Utilizing music from Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti – with easily-understood lyrics in English — John Davies’ one-hour adaptation of Pinocchio is the ideal introduction to opera for young people. A fast-moving showcase of operatic storytelling, kid-style, it’s a colorful, fun-filled re-telling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who learns, through a series of misadventures, that lying does not pay. Suitable for all ages.

Performed at Opera Central

Performed in English with live orchestra

Pinocchio Sponsors

Elaine L. Stupp

St. Petersburg Opera Guild Pinellas County Schools

Gloria Matyszyk & Dick Coldwell

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Stephen M. Ray, Jr.

Stage Director

Featured Artists

Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Pinocchio, the Wooden Boy

Kevin Mitchell

Geppetto

Holly Flack

Olympia, a mechanical doll

Rimas Karnavicius

Dr. Dulcamara

Also Starring

Chris Romeo

Cat

Brian Hupp

Wolf

Ashley Thunder

Blue Lady

Richard Randall

The Narrator

Education is key.

This year, in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools Elevate A.R.T.S. program, more than 700 third-graders will be bussed to Opera Central for special mid-morning performances of Pinocchio. The performing arts enrich children’s lives in ways that we may never fully understand. At St. Petersburg Opera Company, we believe that introducing youngsters to our unique form of musical storytelling not only entertains them, it piques their creative curiosity and plants seeds that will grow the next generation of opera fans.  To discover more about our exciting educational opportunities click here.

2019/2020 SEASON

Nov
23
Sat
Pinocchio @ Opera Central
Nov 23 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm

PINOCCHIO 2019 – Family Series
Sat Nov 16, 2019 – Sat Nov 23, 2019

Family Series: Pinocchio

Family Series: Pinocchio. Nov. 16, 22 and 23 at Opera Central. Utilizing music from Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti – with easily-understood lyrics in English — John Davies’ one-hour adaptation of Pinocchio is the ideal introduction to opera for young people. A fast-moving showcase of operatic storytelling, kid-style, it’s a colorful, fun-filled re-telling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who learns, through a series of misadventures, that lying does not pay. Suitable for all ages.

Performed at Opera Central

Performed in English with live orchestra

Pinocchio Sponsors

Elaine L. Stupp

St. Petersburg Opera Guild Pinellas County Schools

Gloria Matyszyk & Dick Coldwell

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Stephen M. Ray, Jr.

Stage Director

Featured Artists

Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Pinocchio, the Wooden Boy

Kevin Mitchell

Geppetto

Holly Flack

Olympia, a mechanical doll

Rimas Karnavicius

Dr. Dulcamara

Also Starring

Chris Romeo

Cat

Brian Hupp

Wolf

Ashley Thunder

Blue Lady

Richard Randall

The Narrator

Education is key.

This year, in conjunction with Pinellas County Schools Elevate A.R.T.S. program, more than 700 third-graders will be bussed to Opera Central for special mid-morning performances of Pinocchio. The performing arts enrich children’s lives in ways that we may never fully understand. At St. Petersburg Opera Company, we believe that introducing youngsters to our unique form of musical storytelling not only entertains them, it piques their creative curiosity and plants seeds that will grow the next generation of opera fans.  To discover more about our exciting educational opportunities click here.

2019/2020 SEASON

Maestro in the News

Susannah Now on DVD!

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

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Across the Serengeti

Premiere Performance: April 1998
Holley Hall, Sarasota, Florida
Florida Wind Quintet

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn

Duration: 6 minutes

Based on the work Dances with Zebras