St. Pete Opera Presents Sondheim

Posted in: St Petersburg FL

September 3 (6:00 PM)
Preview to Into the Woods: Why is an opera company doing Broadway?  Where do opera and Broadway intersect?

Music Gallery

5990 Ulmerton Road

Clearwater, FL 33760   


St. Petersburg Opera’s Maestro Mark Sforzini invites you to join him and singers and musicians from the opera company for a series of unique lecture-performances designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of music and opera.
 Conveniently scheduled for early evening, you can join the Maestro after work, before dinner, or after an early snack.  Each program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude by 7:30 p.m.
Parking is free.  No food or drink is permitted in the concert hall.
Tickets for each program are $10 and are available ONLY from St. Petersburg Opera Co. via telephone at 727-823-2040, website, or at the door.
Discounted tickets for seniors and students are $5.  Cash, check, or credit cards accepted.
September 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM and September 13 at 2 PM

Into the Woods (Stephen Sondheim)

Janet Root Theatre at Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 1st Street NE

St. Petersburg, FL  33703

After successful runs of The Merry Widow and La Traviata in the just-concluded season, Artistic and Executive Director Mark Sforzini has scheduled two major opera productions and one Broadway musical.  
The season will open with Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods with performances on September 11, 12, and 13 at the Janet Root Theater on the campus of Shorecrest Preparatory School.
 The international cast will feature Kathleen Berger, of Madrid, Spain as the witch, Margaret Rood of Montreal, Canada as Little Red Riding Hood, and local singers Todd Donovan (the baker), Michelle Rego (the baker’s wife) and Stephen Mollica as Jack.  Donovan is the Fine Arts Pastor at Northside Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, and Rego is Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. Jude. Mollica is a Tampa voice teacher.  Also appearing will be St. Petersburg native Sara Peeples as Rapunzel, Bradenton’s Joseph Ryan as her prince, and Kara Cornell and Sean Kroll as Cinderella and her prince.  All four of these young singers are part of SPO’s Emerging Artists program.
The production will be fully staged with the original 16-player orchestration rising up from the pit at the state-of-the art Janet Root Theater.
Individual tickets are priced from $20 to $61.50 and are also available on the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s website, or by calling the office at 727-823-2040. Senior and student discounts are available, as are group rates.
For the first time, the St. Petersburg Opera is selling season tickets, available until August 15 at a 20% discount from regular ticket prices.  Details of the season ticket pricing are available on SPO’s website:

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