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St. Petersburg Opera 2007 - present
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The Florida Orchestra 1992 - 2007
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Feb
23
Sun
Land and Sea @ St. Pete College Arts Auditorium
Feb 23 @ 3:30 pm
Land and Sea @ St. Pete College Arts Auditorium

Series 2: WINTER 2020
                        “LAND AND SEA”
Sponsored by the Kurtz Charitable Family Trust

  • Jack Heller Young Artist Competition Winner
  • Roger Zare – Tectonics
  • Debussy – La Mer


Buy Now: February 23, 2020 • Sunday 3:30 p.m. • St. Pete College Arts Auditorium
​Buy Now: February 25, 2020 • Tuesday 8:00 p.m. • Palladium Theater
​Buy Now: March 1, 2020 • Sunday 2:30 p.m. • Ferguson Hall, Straz Center

​Tickets are available at the door for $20​

Feb
25
Tue
Land and Sea @ Palladium Theatre
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
Land and Sea @ Palladium Theatre

Series 2: WINTER 2020
                        “LAND AND SEA”
Sponsored by the Kurtz Charitable Family Trust

  • Jack Heller Young Artist Competition Winner
  • Roger Zare – Tectonics
  • Debussy – La Mer


Buy Now: February 23, 2020 • Sunday 3:30 p.m. • St. Pete College Arts Auditorium
​Buy Now: February 25, 2020 • Tuesday 8:00 p.m. • Palladium Theater
​Buy Now: March 1, 2020 • Sunday 2:30 p.m. • Ferguson Hall, Straz Center

​Tickets are available at the door for $20​

Mar
1
Sun
Land and Sea @ Ferguson Hall, Straz Center
Mar 1 @ 2:30 pm
Land and Sea @ Ferguson Hall, Straz Center

Series 2: WINTER 2020
                        “LAND AND SEA”
Sponsored by the Kurtz Charitable Family Trust

  • Jack Heller Young Artist Competition Winner
  • Roger Zare – Tectonics
  • Debussy – La Mer


Buy Now: February 23, 2020 • Sunday 3:30 p.m. • St. Pete College Arts Auditorium
​Buy Now: February 25, 2020 • Tuesday 8:00 p.m. • Palladium Theater
​Buy Now: March 1, 2020 • Sunday 2:30 p.m. • Ferguson Hall, Straz Center

​Tickets are available at the door for $20​

Mar
13
Fri
Creative Collaborations
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm

LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT- Donizetti
Fri May 29, 2020 – Sun Jun 7, 2020
at The Palladium

La fille du Régiment (Donizetti). May 29 and 31; June 2, 5, 7 (2020) at the Palladium Theater. This robust and cinematic masterpiece (Daughter of the Regiment) will stir even the most hardened heart with its themes of love and loyalty. Marie is the canteen girl for the 21st Regiment of the French army. Just after Marie falls in love with Tonio, a civilian, the Marquise of Berkenfield arrives and claims to be her long-lost aunt, spiriting her away to be married to the Duke of Crakentorp. Will her “fathers” save her from a doting dowager, an arranged marriage and a life certain to be void of love? In French with subtitles projected above the stage.

Next at Opera Central
Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance

Friday, February 28 – 8:00 PM


VIP Table for 4 – $200

Sit closest to the action and enjoy other extra goodies! Entire table seats 4 max.

Premier Table Seating – $40

Relax at a cabaret-style table. Purchased by seat, each table seats up to 4.

General Row Seating – $25

Unassigned seating in comfortable chairs. First come, first served.

Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance is a concert of exceptional chamber music, plus an ambitious, all-original presentation by the Kuumba West African Dancers and Drummers.
 
The 8 p.m. presentation, at Opera Central, is part of the second annual St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts and its 2020 theme, Harmony and Acceptance.
 
Maestro Sforzini’s hand-picked menu of musical treats will include Berger’s Quartet in C-Major for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon; “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for mezzo soprano (Emily Heumann, from the cast of Rigoletto) plus flute, oboe, clarinet, piano and bassoon; Deborah Anderson’s Five Songs for Kathleen (texts by Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale and Sheila Nickerson) for oboe, piano and mezzo; and Trio Pathetique by Mikhail Glinka, for piano, clarinet and bassoon.
 
The Kuumba ensemble will explore historical challenges of the Africa diaspora with a dance of jubilation in diversity.
 

VIP table seating is available for Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance, along with premier table seating and general row seating. You won’t want to miss this incredible one-time event.   

 


Jesse Donner

Jake Skipworth

Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Aleksandra Ritums

Creative Collaborations. March 13 and 14 at Opera Central.

Announcing an all-new Creative Collaborations, our most daring and innovative performance of the year!

 

Collaboration is the cornerstone of performance – the creative minds of two or more people coming together to conjure sound, sights, movements and more that would not, could not have existed in and of themselves. St. Pete Opera’s Creative Collaborations show is a celebration of the inexhaustible spirit of true collaboration – exploring the endless (and wonderful) possibilities of the music that results when talents are combined.

The 2020 Creative Collaborations is a sumptuous blend of chamber music, spellbinding operatic voices and innovative mini-marriages of music and musical styles. It is a performance unlike any other in the bay area.

Maestro Sforzini’s ambitious program includes Musto’s “River Songs” for baritone, cello and piano; a staged presentation of Barber’s “Hand of Bridge”; a scintillating selection of operatic arias with chamber orchestra; an innovative trio of bassoon, piano and trumpet; and a full performance of Martinu’s “La Revue de Cuisine.”

Among the many performers: Tenor Jesse Donner (The Merry Widow), baritone Jake Skipworth (Rigoletto), mezzo soprano Taylor-Alexis Dupont (Pinocchio) and soprano Aleksandra Ritums (Holiday Sparkle).
 

 

Our 2019/2020 Season Continues

Mar
14
Sat
Creative Collaborations
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm

LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT- Donizetti
Fri May 29, 2020 – Sun Jun 7, 2020
at The Palladium

La fille du Régiment (Donizetti). May 29 and 31; June 2, 5, 7 (2020) at the Palladium Theater. This robust and cinematic masterpiece (Daughter of the Regiment) will stir even the most hardened heart with its themes of love and loyalty. Marie is the canteen girl for the 21st Regiment of the French army. Just after Marie falls in love with Tonio, a civilian, the Marquise of Berkenfield arrives and claims to be her long-lost aunt, spiriting her away to be married to the Duke of Crakentorp. Will her “fathers” save her from a doting dowager, an arranged marriage and a life certain to be void of love? In French with subtitles projected above the stage.

Next at Opera Central
Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance

Friday, February 28 – 8:00 PM


VIP Table for 4 – $200

Sit closest to the action and enjoy other extra goodies! Entire table seats 4 max.

Premier Table Seating – $40

Relax at a cabaret-style table. Purchased by seat, each table seats up to 4.

General Row Seating – $25

Unassigned seating in comfortable chairs. First come, first served.

Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance is a concert of exceptional chamber music, plus an ambitious, all-original presentation by the Kuumba West African Dancers and Drummers.
 
The 8 p.m. presentation, at Opera Central, is part of the second annual St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts and its 2020 theme, Harmony and Acceptance.
 
Maestro Sforzini’s hand-picked menu of musical treats will include Berger’s Quartet in C-Major for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon; “Voi che sapete” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for mezzo soprano (Emily Heumann, from the cast of Rigoletto) plus flute, oboe, clarinet, piano and bassoon; Deborah Anderson’s Five Songs for Kathleen (texts by Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale and Sheila Nickerson) for oboe, piano and mezzo; and Trio Pathetique by Mikhail Glinka, for piano, clarinet and bassoon.
 
The Kuumba ensemble will explore historical challenges of the Africa diaspora with a dance of jubilation in diversity.
 

VIP table seating is available for Harmony: Tolerance and Acceptance, along with premier table seating and general row seating. You won’t want to miss this incredible one-time event.   

 


Jesse Donner

Jake Skipworth

Taylor-Alexis Dupont

Aleksandra Ritums

Creative Collaborations. March 13 and 14 at Opera Central.

Announcing an all-new Creative Collaborations, our most daring and innovative performance of the year!

 

Collaboration is the cornerstone of performance – the creative minds of two or more people coming together to conjure sound, sights, movements and more that would not, could not have existed in and of themselves. St. Pete Opera’s Creative Collaborations show is a celebration of the inexhaustible spirit of true collaboration – exploring the endless (and wonderful) possibilities of the music that results when talents are combined.

The 2020 Creative Collaborations is a sumptuous blend of chamber music, spellbinding operatic voices and innovative mini-marriages of music and musical styles. It is a performance unlike any other in the bay area.

Maestro Sforzini’s ambitious program includes Musto’s “River Songs” for baritone, cello and piano; a staged presentation of Barber’s “Hand of Bridge”; a scintillating selection of operatic arias with chamber orchestra; an innovative trio of bassoon, piano and trumpet; and a full performance of Martinu’s “La Revue de Cuisine.”

Among the many performers: Tenor Jesse Donner (The Merry Widow), baritone Jake Skipworth (Rigoletto), mezzo soprano Taylor-Alexis Dupont (Pinocchio) and soprano Aleksandra Ritums (Holiday Sparkle).
 

 

Our 2019/2020 Season Continues

Maestro in the News

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