“…the orchestra played beautifully, with grace, power and delicacy…”
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Artistic Director and Conductor
St. Petersburg Opera 2007 - present
Principal Bassoonist
The Florida Orchestra 1992 - 2007
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Dec
15
Sun
Holiday Sparkle matinee
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm

Friday 12/13 7:30P
Saturday 12/14 7:30P
Sunday 12/15 2:00P

Thursday 12/19 7:30P
Friday 12/20 7:30P
Saturday 12/21 7:30P
Sunday 12/22 2:00P

Seasonal pops at its best!

Maestro Sforzini conducts a 15-piece orchestra and the fabulous Holiday Sparkle Singers at our own Opera Central. With intimate, candlelit cabaret seating, and choreography and staging by Robert Rigsby, the ambitious, innovative program will combine beautiful music – from the sacred to the secular to favorites from TV and the movies – with elements of theater and dance. Holiday Sparkle will be a warm, wonderful, and fun evening of seasonal celebration – unlike any other in the bay area.

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Rachel Policar

Featured Soloist

Clayton Kahler Brown

Featured Soloist

Paula Broadwater

Featured Soloist

Chris Romeo

Featured Soloist

Wayne Hobbs

Tenor Soloist

Aleksandra Ritums

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Vlad Markov

Bass Soloist, Ensemble

Victoria Stout

Alto Ensemble

Bailee McQueen

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Teresa Gallar

Stage Manager

Robert Rigsby

Choreographer

Christopher Spatafora

Lighting Designer

Seating Chart

2019/2020 SEASON

Mirella Cimato Gallery

at OPERA CENTRAL presents

Sum of It’s Parts

by Teresa Sullivan, Mosaic Artist

Opening Reception Dec. 14, 5-9PM
During Second Saturday Art Walk

Dec
19
Thu
Holiday Sparkle
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm

Friday 12/13 7:30P
Saturday 12/14 7:30P
Sunday 12/15 2:00P

Thursday 12/19 7:30P
Friday 12/20 7:30P
Saturday 12/21 7:30P
Sunday 12/22 2:00P

Seasonal pops at its best!

Maestro Sforzini conducts a 15-piece orchestra and the fabulous Holiday Sparkle Singers at our own Opera Central. With intimate, candlelit cabaret seating, and choreography and staging by Robert Rigsby, the ambitious, innovative program will combine beautiful music – from the sacred to the secular to favorites from TV and the movies – with elements of theater and dance. Holiday Sparkle will be a warm, wonderful, and fun evening of seasonal celebration – unlike any other in the bay area.

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Rachel Policar

Featured Soloist

Clayton Kahler Brown

Featured Soloist

Paula Broadwater

Featured Soloist

Chris Romeo

Featured Soloist

Wayne Hobbs

Tenor Soloist

Aleksandra Ritums

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Vlad Markov

Bass Soloist, Ensemble

Victoria Stout

Alto Ensemble

Bailee McQueen

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Teresa Gallar

Stage Manager

Robert Rigsby

Choreographer

Christopher Spatafora

Lighting Designer

Seating Chart

2019/2020 SEASON

Mirella Cimato Gallery

at OPERA CENTRAL presents

Sum of It’s Parts

by Teresa Sullivan, Mosaic Artist

Opening Reception Dec. 14, 5-9PM
During Second Saturday Art Walk

Dec
20
Fri
Holiday Sparkle
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

Friday 12/13 7:30P
Saturday 12/14 7:30P
Sunday 12/15 2:00P

Thursday 12/19 7:30P
Friday 12/20 7:30P
Saturday 12/21 7:30P
Sunday 12/22 2:00P

Seasonal pops at its best!

Maestro Sforzini conducts a 15-piece orchestra and the fabulous Holiday Sparkle Singers at our own Opera Central. With intimate, candlelit cabaret seating, and choreography and staging by Robert Rigsby, the ambitious, innovative program will combine beautiful music – from the sacred to the secular to favorites from TV and the movies – with elements of theater and dance. Holiday Sparkle will be a warm, wonderful, and fun evening of seasonal celebration – unlike any other in the bay area.

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Rachel Policar

Featured Soloist

Clayton Kahler Brown

Featured Soloist

Paula Broadwater

Featured Soloist

Chris Romeo

Featured Soloist

Wayne Hobbs

Tenor Soloist

Aleksandra Ritums

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Vlad Markov

Bass Soloist, Ensemble

Victoria Stout

Alto Ensemble

Bailee McQueen

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Teresa Gallar

Stage Manager

Robert Rigsby

Choreographer

Christopher Spatafora

Lighting Designer

Seating Chart

2019/2020 SEASON

Mirella Cimato Gallery

at OPERA CENTRAL presents

Sum of It’s Parts

by Teresa Sullivan, Mosaic Artist

Opening Reception Dec. 14, 5-9PM
During Second Saturday Art Walk

Dec
21
Sat
Holiday Sparkle
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Friday 12/13 7:30P
Saturday 12/14 7:30P
Sunday 12/15 2:00P

Thursday 12/19 7:30P
Friday 12/20 7:30P
Saturday 12/21 7:30P
Sunday 12/22 2:00P

Seasonal pops at its best!

Maestro Sforzini conducts a 15-piece orchestra and the fabulous Holiday Sparkle Singers at our own Opera Central. With intimate, candlelit cabaret seating, and choreography and staging by Robert Rigsby, the ambitious, innovative program will combine beautiful music – from the sacred to the secular to favorites from TV and the movies – with elements of theater and dance. Holiday Sparkle will be a warm, wonderful, and fun evening of seasonal celebration – unlike any other in the bay area.

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Rachel Policar

Featured Soloist

Clayton Kahler Brown

Featured Soloist

Paula Broadwater

Featured Soloist

Chris Romeo

Featured Soloist

Wayne Hobbs

Tenor Soloist

Aleksandra Ritums

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Vlad Markov

Bass Soloist, Ensemble

Victoria Stout

Alto Ensemble

Bailee McQueen

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Teresa Gallar

Stage Manager

Robert Rigsby

Choreographer

Christopher Spatafora

Lighting Designer

Seating Chart

2019/2020 SEASON

Mirella Cimato Gallery

at OPERA CENTRAL presents

Sum of It’s Parts

by Teresa Sullivan, Mosaic Artist

Opening Reception Dec. 14, 5-9PM
During Second Saturday Art Walk

Dec
22
Sun
Holiday Sparkle matinee
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm

Friday 12/13 7:30P
Saturday 12/14 7:30P
Sunday 12/15 2:00P

Thursday 12/19 7:30P
Friday 12/20 7:30P
Saturday 12/21 7:30P
Sunday 12/22 2:00P

Seasonal pops at its best!

Maestro Sforzini conducts a 15-piece orchestra and the fabulous Holiday Sparkle Singers at our own Opera Central. With intimate, candlelit cabaret seating, and choreography and staging by Robert Rigsby, the ambitious, innovative program will combine beautiful music – from the sacred to the secular to favorites from TV and the movies – with elements of theater and dance. Holiday Sparkle will be a warm, wonderful, and fun evening of seasonal celebration – unlike any other in the bay area.

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Rachel Policar

Featured Soloist

Clayton Kahler Brown

Featured Soloist

Paula Broadwater

Featured Soloist

Chris Romeo

Featured Soloist

Wayne Hobbs

Tenor Soloist

Aleksandra Ritums

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Vlad Markov

Bass Soloist, Ensemble

Victoria Stout

Alto Ensemble

Bailee McQueen

Soprano Soloist, Ensemble

Teresa Gallar

Stage Manager

Robert Rigsby

Choreographer

Christopher Spatafora

Lighting Designer

Seating Chart

2019/2020 SEASON

Mirella Cimato Gallery

at OPERA CENTRAL presents

Sum of It’s Parts

by Teresa Sullivan, Mosaic Artist

Opening Reception Dec. 14, 5-9PM
During Second Saturday Art Walk

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