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6/12/2016 Member News
St. Petersburg Opera Media Calendar June-July 2016

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June 12, 2016



Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm, EVENINGS WITH THE MAESTRO, “Some Enchanted Broadway: Operatic Elements in South Pacific”
Friday, June 17, 2016, 11:00 am, MORNINGS WITH THE MAESTRO

Why is an opera company performing a Broadway show? Maestro Sforzini will provide compelling reasons why this show deserves to be performed by the finest voices. Broadway shows used to be performed without amplification, as opera is, and the show was written especially for certain voices, one of whom was an opera star. Mary Martin, the original Nellie Forbush didn’t have a strong voice, and you will find out how Rodgers and Hammerstein adjusted her role to accommodate her capabilities.
There will be just enough music performed by the cast to entice you to rush out and get tickets!

Evenings with the Maestro is presented at the Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, at 6:00 p.m. The programs address a different theme to enhance your understanding of opera and of music in general and last approximately 90 minutes. Afterwards, the audience is invited to join the Maestro and the cast for conversation and refreshments at a local restaurant. Details are announced at the performance. Tickets are $20 ($17 seniors and students) and are available by calling the office at 727-823-2040. Tickets are also available at the door.

Mornings with the Maestro is presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr., NE, St. Petersburg, at 11:00 a.m. The programs address a different theme to enhance your understanding of opera and of music in general and last approximately 90 minutes. Afterwards, the audience is invited to join the Maestro and the cast for conversation and refreshments in the museum café. Tickets are $20 ($17 seniors and students) and are available by calling the office at 727-823-2040. Tickets are also available at the door.

Saturday, June 18, 2016; 8:00 pm BROADWAY CABARET

Twenty members of the cast of South Pacific, including leads Molly Mustonen and Todd Donovan, will sing their favorite Broadway numbers not from the show. This event is a favorite of St. Petersburg Opera regulars and Broadway lovers. Ticket price includes drinks and dessert; cabaret seating at tables of four. You won’t forget some o these numbers, including a spectacular group number.

Opera Central, 2145 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 33712. Tickets at 727-823-2040 or Doors open at 7:30 pm

Monday, June 27, 2016, 2:00 pm The Great South Pacific Shearing

In what will certainly be a one-time event, nine opera singers will get their “military” style haircuts so that they can play sailors in South Pacific. Of course, when you get nine good looking men together, you can expect a few women to show up to talk about “washin that man right outta their hair” and the guys will probably have to respond with songs too. Robert Amer will lose his luxuriant red locks, but it’s all for a good cause! Chago the Barber will do the honors, beginning at 2:15. Come and watch and make an appointment to get your hair cut too! Across from Opera Central, at 2150 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Friday, July 1, 2016 7:30 pm SOUTH PACIFIC
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created the adorable Nellie Forbush, who falls for the planter Emile DeBecque, only to have their love tested by her intolerant upbringing. Nellie sings what have become American standards: Cockeyed Optimist, I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy, and Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair. Emile sings the mega hit Some Enchanted Evening. The young Lieutenant Cable is captivated by a native woman’s daughter, and in order to find happiness, both he and Nellie have to unlearn the racial prejudices they were carefully taught as young people. Cable gives us Younger Than Springtime. The mother, Bloody Mary, give us Bali Ha’i and Happy Talk. Restless American Seabees and Navy nurses mingle with soldiers and Marines, and they all interact with the locals on this South Pacific Island as the war gets nearer and nearer to their remote outpost in this WWII Theater.

South Pacific is one of the most beloved musicals of all time; the incredible Molly Mustonen plays Nellie , with Todd Donovan as Emile De Becque. This powerful duo is complemented by Carla Lopez-Speziale as Bloody Mary and handsome John Kaneklides returning to the SPO stage as Lt. Joe Cable, USMC. Ward G. Smith and Tyler Putnam join the cast as Captain Brackett and Luther Billis respectively.

Don’t miss a single note. After all, there’s nothing like a dame! Directed and choreographed by Zetta Alderman.

SOUTH PACIFIC is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals:   

Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 33701
Tickets priced at $22-$67, available at 727-823-2040 or  

About the St. Petersburg Opera Company

Now in our tenth season, St. Petersburg Opera produces professional, fully-staged operas in the historic, 880-seat Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as other venues in the Tampa Bay area. SPO brings artistic brilliance, educational initiatives and vitality to the greater Tampa Bay area through the production of top-quality operas of a diversity of style including the traditional masterpieces, light opera, and Broadway opera. SPO also brings creative, yet accessible updates of familiar works to the stage.

Artistic brilliance. Media critics, our audiences, and singers are unanimous in lauding the quality of the SPO musical experience. Not only do they appreciate our outstanding professional orchestra, but they also praise our Artistic Director and Maestro, Mark Sforzini, for his meticulous preparation, fidelity to the score, and superb musicianship. Our chorus, chosen from highly competitive auditions, is known for its precision, beauty of tone, and ability to act. Our singers come from all over the world, are selected from nationally advertised auditions in New Y-ork and St. Petersburg, and include an outstanding corps of resident artists. We develop singers through workshops, coachings, performance opportunities in smaller settings, and cover roles. SPO also fosters artistic excellence in the hiring of professional musicians from orchestras such as the Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra to create the critically acclaimed St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra.

Providing economic stimulus to the area. By drawing capacity audiences to our venues, we bring patrons to area businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, and lodging. SPO provides work opportunities for local professional singers, orchestral players, designers, directors and stage crews. We create jobs. We are an active part of the Grand Central District and the Warehouse Arts District.

Providing educational initiatives. Once a year SPO conducts a six-week Music in Motion program for local opera singers and in conjunction with mainstage shows, runs a nationally recognized Emerging Artist program that attracts participants from throughout the country. The company does extensive adult education programming and also collaborates with other local arts organizations to produce classic operas in appropriate settings for children.

Community Outreach. SPO takes opera out to the populace of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties at the Saturday Morning Market, Florida Suncoast Opera Guild, Sun City Center, various churches and civic clubs, among other venues.