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Australian-Armenian Opera Singer Christopher Nazarian Performing in St. Pete Opera Company

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Pete Opera is staging, Semele, Handel’s glorious music and story of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, with an an energetic modern makeover. The opera features Australian-Armenian opera singer Christopher Nazarian, in the role of Cadmus.

Christopher Nazarian

Semele, the latest mortal dalliance of Jupiter, becomes convinced that she won’t be happy until she is made immortal. Opposing her plan is Juno, Jupiter’s long-suffering wife, who schemes Semele’s downfall.

Handel’s brilliant English opera, set to a comic libretto by Restoration poet William Congreve, shows a full range of innocent love, nearly unchecked libido, jealous rage, ambition, regret and triumph.

The score includes such familiar favorites as “Where e’er you walk,” “Iris, hence away!” and “Myself I shall adore.”

The cast features:

  • Semele – Holly Flack
  • Jupiter – Kyle Tomlin
  • Juno – Sara Couden
  • Cadmus – Christopher Nazarian
  • Athamas – Ryan Belongie
  • Iris – Stephanie Jabre

The play is sponsored by, Bud & Betty Shapiro. It will be sung in English with English text above the stage.

The play runs on February 4th, 6th & 8th at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For tickets, click here or call the box office at 727-823-2040.

Armenian Christmas Celebrations in Florida 2022

Boca Raton

All church services, including Armenian Christmas celebrations, are cancelled until further notice due to a COVID-19 outbreak at St. David Armenian Church.

Ft. Lauderdale

Below is the schedule for St. Mary Armenian Church.




Due to Fr. Hovnan testing positive for Covid 19, the Christmas Eve Jrakalooyts Badarak scheduled for this Wed. Jan. 5th has been cancelled.

This coming Sunday January 9th, worship will be livestream only and fellowship postponed, due to an outbreak of Covid within our community.

Joining several other parishes in our Diocese, we will postpone the blessing of waters and special fellowship at least until next Sunday Jan 16th.

Please use this link to livestream the Sunday January 9th worship from St. Hagop.

We hope to see everyone back in person for Sunday, January 16th worship and fellowship. Please wear your mask when you do attend, or if you feel safer at home, join us via livestream!

With prayers for health and blessings in the New Year,

Fr. Hovnan and the St. Hagop Parish Council

P.S. Fr. Hovnan’s symptoms are not severe, with every hope for a quick recovery. He is triple vaccinated and was wearing his mask except when seated to eat and chat. We urge all to take necessary precautions for our common health.

This post was updated on January 6, 2022 at 10:00am.

Save the Date: ACYOA Beach Retreat & General Assembly

Save the Date: ACYOA General Assembly & Beach Retreat will be held May 21-25 in St. Petersburg, FL. More details to come!