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St. Petersburg Opera 2007 - present
Principal Bassoonist
The Florida Orchestra 1992 - 2007
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Maestro's Next Events

Jan
24
Fri
Rigoletto @ Palladium Theatre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Next at the Palladium
Verdi’s Rigoletto January 24 – 28

Trickery and tragedy, revenge and redemption go hand-in-hand as the licentious Duke of Mantua conspires to seduce Gilda, beloved daughter of Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester. With some of the most powerful, stirring music ever composed – including the immortal aria “La donna è mobile” – Rigoletto is the quintessential Verdi opera, a masterful and gripping balancing act between the storm-tossed forces of darkness and the unwavering light of love.

Rigoletto Sponsored by

Claudia McCorkle

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Karl W. Hesser

Stage Director

Glenn Breed

Costume Design

Keith Arsenault

Lighting Design

Richard Cordova

Rehearsal Pianist

Featured Artists

Christopher Holmes

Rigoletto

Holly Flack

Gilda, his daughter

Sarah Nordin

Maddalena

Benjamin Werley

Il Duca di Mantua

Performed at the Palladium Theatre

Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage.

OUR 14th SEASON CONTINUES

At the Mirella Cimato Gallery

Block Prints by Lagana

Jan
26
Sun
Rigoletto @ Palladium Theatre
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm

Next at the Palladium
Verdi’s Rigoletto January 24 – 28

Trickery and tragedy, revenge and redemption go hand-in-hand as the licentious Duke of Mantua conspires to seduce Gilda, beloved daughter of Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester. With some of the most powerful, stirring music ever composed – including the immortal aria “La donna è mobile” – Rigoletto is the quintessential Verdi opera, a masterful and gripping balancing act between the storm-tossed forces of darkness and the unwavering light of love.

Rigoletto Sponsored by

Claudia McCorkle

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Karl W. Hesser

Stage Director

Glenn Breed

Costume Design

Keith Arsenault

Lighting Design

Richard Cordova

Rehearsal Pianist

Featured Artists

Christopher Holmes

Rigoletto

Holly Flack

Gilda, his daughter

Sarah Nordin

Maddalena

Benjamin Werley

Il Duca di Mantua

Performed at the Palladium Theatre

Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage.

OUR 14th SEASON CONTINUES

At the Mirella Cimato Gallery

Block Prints by Lagana

Jan
28
Tue
Rigoletto @ Palladium Theatre
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Next at the Palladium
Verdi’s Rigoletto January 24 – 28

Trickery and tragedy, revenge and redemption go hand-in-hand as the licentious Duke of Mantua conspires to seduce Gilda, beloved daughter of Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester. With some of the most powerful, stirring music ever composed – including the immortal aria “La donna è mobile” – Rigoletto is the quintessential Verdi opera, a masterful and gripping balancing act between the storm-tossed forces of darkness and the unwavering light of love.

Rigoletto Sponsored by

Claudia McCorkle

Mark Sforzini

Artistic Director

Karl W. Hesser

Stage Director

Glenn Breed

Costume Design

Keith Arsenault

Lighting Design

Richard Cordova

Rehearsal Pianist

Featured Artists

Christopher Holmes

Rigoletto

Holly Flack

Gilda, his daughter

Sarah Nordin

Maddalena

Benjamin Werley

Il Duca di Mantua

Performed at the Palladium Theatre

Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage.

OUR 14th SEASON CONTINUES

At the Mirella Cimato Gallery

Block Prints by Lagana

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​

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