November 19, 2019 | By Leonora Serrano
J. Hop Times Staff Writer, Johns Hopkins Middle School, 7th Grade
St. Petersburg Opera
Brings Pinocchio To Life
November 22 & 23
St. Pete Opera Central
Pinocchio rehearsal – photo by Elizabeth Vizcaino, 7th grade
The St. Petersburg Opera Company is set to present onstage the world’s favorite movie Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is a story about a woodcarver named Geppetto who wishes upon a star one night for a son to call his own. The Blue Lady, portrayed by Ashley Thunder, instructs the woodcarver to create his own son out of wood. She explains that he must be loyal, truthful and pledge to always love his son.
After carving an image, Geppetto decided to name his son Pinocchio, but Pinocchio was not just a wooden puppet, he is a real boy.
The St. Petersburg Opera captured every single little detail of this story. They told his story as if it was their own. The stage director Stephen M. Ray, Jr. did a fantastic job of bringing Pinocchio’s story to life with the help of talented actors and actresses.
The cast members had amazing voices but the one who stood out to me was Taylor Alexis DuPont, who plays Pinocchio. She has the most amazing voice I have ever heard. Her voice can break glass.
If you go, this play will blow your mind away. It is a must see and will go down as one of the best Opera performances in St. Petersburg.
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Taylor-Alexis DuPont is a Mezzo-Soprano from Orlando, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Florida State University before studying under Denyce Graves at the Peabody Institute where she earned her Master’s in Music.
Next season DuPont will become an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera and is scheduled to make her Metropolitan Opera debut in Porgy and Bess.
Find out more at taylor-alexis.com