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2/4/2019 Member News

MEDIA CALENDAR FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019

February 2-10: Kiss Me, Kate at the Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue N. William Shakespeare meets Cole Porter in this classic, Tony-winning musical.

With a full, Broadway-sized orchestra, spectacular choreography and a cast of professional singers and actors, Kiss Me, Kate features "Too Darn Hot," "So in Love," "Another Op'nin, Another Show" and the song that provides this, our 13th season, with its theme: "Why Can't You Behave?" Musical direction by Mark Sforzini; stage direction and choreography by Daryl Gray. Performances at 2 p.m. February 2, 3 and 10; at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 8. Tickets are $20-$75.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: St. Petersburg Opera Guild High School Vocal Competition at Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue S. Open to singers from Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, or who study with a teacher in those counties. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: St. Petersburg Opera Guild College & Young Professional Vocal Competition at Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue S. Event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Creative Collaborations: A Soldier's Tale at Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue S. Professional musicians from South and Central Florida come together for a unique evening of chamber music and Igor Stravinsky's theatrical work, L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale) A Soldier's Tale is based on a parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. With Matt Acquard, Paula Broadwater, Karl Hesser, dancers and Maestro Sforzini conducting a seven piece instrumental accompaniment. Other works on the program include bassoon quartets, the Victor Ewald Brass Quintet No. 1 and more. Premiere table seating $40; general admission $25.

Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.: Evenings With the Maestro: Opera Therapy IV: Final Meltdown at the Music Gallery, The Music Gallery, 5990 Ulmerton Rd. The fourth installment of Maestro Sforzini's popular Opera Therapy series, in which characters come to life to ask him for advice - and therapy - before breaking into song. "Final Meltdown refers to characters who are either going mad - or dying!" the Maestro gleefully explains. For example? "When Tosca throws herself off the building at the end, that's a Final Meltdown moment ... Lucia's mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor ... when Rigoletto pulls the body out of the bag, that he thought was the Duke or Mantua, but it's Rigoletto's daughter stuffed in the bag instead. And they have a little duet before she dies."

The Evenings With the Maestro series is sponsored by Lucy and Keith Bailey, in memory of Wilma Bailey. General admission tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors, $10 for students).

Friday, March 15, 11 a.m.: Mornings With the Maestro: Opera Therapy IV: Final Meltdown at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive. The fourth installment of Maestro Sforzini's popular Opera Therapy series, in which characters come to life to ask him for advice - and therapy - before breaking into song. "Final Meltdown refers to characters who are either going mad - or dying!" the Maestro gleefully explains. For example? "When Tosca throws herself off the building at the end, that's a Final Meltdown moment ... Lucia's mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor ... when Rigoletto pulls the body out of the bag, that he thought was the Duke or Mantua, but it's Rigoletto's daughter stuffed in the bag instead. And they have a little duet before she dies."

The Mornings With the Maestro series is sponsored by Marilyn J. Ward. General admission tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors, $10 for students).

Thursday, March 21, 6 p.m.: Cocktails With the Maestro: Opera Therapy IV: Final Meltdown at the Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue N. . The fourth installment of Maestro Sforzini's popular Opera Therapy series, in which characters come to life to ask him for advice - and therapy - before breaking into song. "Final Meltdown refers to characters who are either going mad - or dying!" the Maestro gleefully explains. For example? "When Tosca throws herself off the building at the end, that's a Final Meltdown moment ... Lucia's mad scene from Lucia di Lammermoor ... when Rigoletto pulls the body out of the bag, that he thought was the Duke or Mantua, but it's Rigoletto's daughter stuffed in the bag instead. And they have a little duet before she dies."

The Cocktails With the Maestro series is sponsored by Judy Vezmar. General admission tickets are $20 ($17 for seniors, $10 for students).

About the St. Petersburg Opera Company

Founded in 2007 by Maestro Mark Sforzini, the mission of the St. Petersburg Opera Company - a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation - is to enrich the cultural lives of the residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area, by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and to make opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations.

Tickets and information at www.stpeteopera.org, or by phone at (727) 823-2040.