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St. Petersburg Opera winds up season with 'The Marriage of Figaro'

Opera America says that The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most frequently staged operas in the United States, and rightly so. Mozart's ravishing score, with a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, masterfully tells the upstairs-downstairs story of a philandering count who wants to seduce the fiancee of his valet but is undone by the servants and his long-suffering wife, the countess.

St. Petersburg Opera winds up its season with a production that features Daniel Klein as Almaviva, Jacqueline Noparstak as the countess, Julianna Tauschinger-Dempsey as Susanna and Adelmo Guidarelli as Figaro. In a bit of luxury casting, mezzo soprano Ronnita Miller is playing the relatively small role of Marcellina, a housekeeper. Miller, who grew up in St. Petersburg, has sung with major companies such as San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera, with whom she sang Marcellina.

Artistic director Mark Sforzini conducts a 33-piece orchestra for performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. $21.50-$64.50. (727) 823-2040; stpeteopera.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

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