Artist of the day: Todd Donovan
Opera singer Todd Donovan of St. Petersburg is caught between vocal ranges. He often sings bass roles -- Leporello in the Mozart opera Don Giovanni is one of his favorites, and recently he sang the bass part in Mozart's Requieum in Oklahoma. Now that he's meeting with New York agents and starting to audition for national opera companies, he's focusing on baritone roles.
However he's classfied, Donovan, 43, seems to be coming into his own as a singer. Since 1996, he has worked at St. Petersburg's Northside Baptist Church, where he is worship and fine arts pastor. He appears frequenly in Tampa Bay opera productions and is expanding his horizons -- last fall he played the Baker in Steven Sondheim's Into the Woods in a staging by St. Petersburg Opera. A year ago, he won the $12,000 gold medal in the American Traditions vocal competition at the Savannah Music Festival.
He'll next be seen with St. Petersburg Opera in Carmen, June 4-6. But this weekend, you can catch him as Perichaud in Puccini's La Rondine at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Showtmies are 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $29.50. Click here for details.
And click here to read John Fleming's profile of Donovan in the current issue of Bay magazine (it's on Page 32).
Photo: Brian Blanco, tbt*