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Sarasota Opera Presents The 2019 Opera GalaSarasota Opera Presents The 2019 Opera Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Sarasota Opera will present the 2019 Opera Gala "A Jeweled Affair - An Evening of Glamour and Glitz," a jewel-themed event which kicks off the 2019 Winter Opera Festival. The black-tie evening at the Ritz Carlton-Sarasota will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, during which two silent auctions will take place, featuring curated jewelry from donors' private collections and a selection of exotic travel packages. After the cocktail hour, there will be a performance by Sarasota Opera principal artists, followed by a four-course dinner created by the Ritz Carlton culinary team. The ballroom will be decorated in hues of gold, with towering jewel-toned flower arrangements. After dinner, guests will light up the dance floor to the music of the Scott Blum Band. Tickets for the event are $325 per person. All proceeds benefit Sarasota Opera. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Opens 60th Season on February 9thSarasota Opera Opens 60th Season on February 9th
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Sarasota Opera will celebrate its 60th Season when the 2019 Winter Opera Festival opens on February 9th with Puccini's Turandot. The festival will continue with Mozart's The Magic Flute, Verdi's Nabucco, and the premiere of a rare and delightful comic double bill: Donizetti's Rita (Two Men and a Woman) and Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret. Special events, lectures, recitals, and concerts continue through the season. Capping off the festivities will be the Diamond Anniversary recital and dinner on April 5th. (more...)

Discovery to Premiere New Season of GARAGE REHABDiscovery to Premiere New Season of GARAGE REHAB
by TV News Desk - Dec 13, 2018

Richard Rawlings has built an empire as the owner of Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, TX, and last year he set out on a new venture - investing in the transformation of struggling garages across America. Joined by project manager Russell J. Holmes and auto shop consultant Chris Stephens, Richard travels the country to find more shops in need of restoration in an all-new season of Discovery Channel's hit motor series, GARAGE REHAB, premiering Tuesday, January 8 at 8PM ET/PT. New episodes will continue to air Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant From The Gulf Coast Community FoundationSarasota Opera Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant From The Gulf Coast Community Foundation
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2018

Sarasota Opera has been awarded a $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The grant offers unrestricted funding to area arts organizations in support of their artistic mission. This year's Arts Appreciation Grant will help support Sarasota Opera's 2018/2019 Season, which marks the company's 60th year of presenting world-class opera on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Opens 11th Season With THE BARBER OF SEVILLESarasota Opera Opens 11th Season With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

Sarasota Opera will open its 11th fall season on October 26th with the return of Gioachino Rossini's comic opera The Barber of Seville, last seen in 2014. Dr. Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming, and plotting to marry her beloved Lindoro. With a comic plot and Rossini's most recognizable melodies, The Barber of Seville is one of the most performed operas in the world. Here in Sarasota, the opera was first performed at the Historic Asolo Theater in 1963, and has been a mainstay in the repertoire over the past 60 years.  (more...)

Sarasota Opera Names Lana Mullen as New Communications CoordinatorSarasota Opera Names Lana Mullen as New Communications Coordinator
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2018

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the appointment of Lana Mullen as Communications Coordinator. With a lifelong love of opera and classical music, Ms. Mullen is combining her many years of experience in the communication arts and non-profit worlds with the art form she loves so well. The former Art Director of Metropolitan Life Insurance in New York left the corporate world in 2007 to serve in various functions of Disaster Relief for the American Red Cross, deploying to national disasters in addition to supporting the 24/7 disaster relief operations in Greater New York. In 2010, she undertook an eight year assignment managing people-to-people educational and humanitarian programs for Road Scholar in Cuba, where she acquired extensive knowledge about everyday life, the economy, agriculture, arts, education, and healthcare. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For New Recital SeriesSarasota Opera Announces Casting For New Recital Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

Victor DeRenzi, Artistic Director, and Richard Russell, Executive Director, are pleased to announce the casting for Sarasota Opera's new Recital Series. The new series, which was inspired by the rich operetta and song traditions from around the world, will feature favorite artists performing opera, operetta, and art songs with piano accompaniment. (more...)

Palo Alto Players Presents ALL THE WAYPalo Alto Players Presents ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

History and politics take center stage as Palo Alto Players continues its 2018-19 season with the Bay Area premiere of the Tony Award-winning play ALL THE WAY.  (more...)

Giuseppe Verdi Returns to His American Home at Sarasota Opera with His First Great Success, NABUCCOGiuseppe Verdi Returns to His American Home at Sarasota Opera with His First Great Success, NABUCCO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

The last time Sarasota Opera performed Nabucco, the work that solidified Verdi's reputation as an opera composer, was in 1995. The production was part of the company's historic 28-year Verdi Cycle, a feat that made Sarasota Opera the only company in the world to have performed all of Verdi's music. John Fleming of the Tampa Bay Times called the Cycle "One of the most significant achievements in the opera world." (more...)

Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale 9/4Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale 9/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2018-the day after Labor Day-individual tickets for the 60th Anniversary Season will go on sale at the Sarasota Opera Box Office. To commemorate this milestone, the 2018-19 season will revive some of the company's most successful productions while also continuing the tradition of introducing a new work to Sarasota. (more...)

Sarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura BenantiSarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura Benanti
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018

The "Sarasota Opera House Presents" summer series just added a third and final program featuring Broadway's Tony-Award winner singer and actress Laura Benanti on September 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Ms. Benanti's appearance is presented in association with Carolan Trbovich, Cabaret by the Bay. (more...)

Da Capo Society To Host WIZARD OF OZ Costume ContestDa Capo Society To Host WIZARD OF OZ Costume Contest
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Sarasota Opera's Da Capo Society, the only young patrons group, ages 21 - 45, dedicated to a single arts organization in Sarasota, will host The Wizard of Oz themed costume contest Thursday, June 7th at 6pm to celebrate the launch of the new season of "Classic Movies at the Opera House." Launched in 2017, the "Classic Movies at the Opera House" series will occur twice monthly starting Thursday, June 7 and will include timeless films designed to be enjoyed on the big screen in the elegance of the Opera House. Each presentation will begin at 7:30pm. (more...)

BWW Review: IOLANTHE, Richmond TheatreBWW Review: IOLANTHE, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 17, 2018

Iolanthe is arguably one of Gilbert and Sullivan's finest works. This frivolous and frothy opera was successfully revived by the ENO earlier this year, but now returns as something a little different. After surprising audiences with an original run at the Union Theatre and then a successful transfer to Wilton's Music Hall in 2011, Sasha Regan returns to her most critically acclaimed production; an all-male Iolanthe. (more...)

Sarasota Youth Opera Awarded NEA Art Works GrantSarasota Youth Opera Awarded NEA Art Works Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Sarasota Youth Opera program to support their 2018 re-mount of The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten. The Art Works category is the NEA's largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHEPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018

A dynamic all-male cast have been announced for the return of Sasha Regan's most critically acclaimed production, Iolanthe - one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous operettas. Check them out in rehearsal below! (more...)

Sarasota Opera Expands Summer Movie Series In 2018Sarasota Opera Expands Summer Movie Series In 2018
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2018 season of 'HD at the Opera House' and "Classic Movies at the Opera House".  This weekly series of filmed performances has allowed Sarasota Opera to expand its programming from the fall and winter season to year-around. The 2018 "HD at the Opera House" series will open on Sunday, May 20th and run through September 30th and will include presentations of Ballet and Theater from some of the world's most famous venues and companies including the Royal Opera House; Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Royal Shakespeare Company; Vienna State Opera; and the Royal Ballet. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. (more...)

Cast Announced for Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHECast Announced for Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2018

A dynamic all-male cast have been announced for the return of Sasha Regan's most critically acclaimed production, Iolanthe - one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous operettas. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In MaySarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

Sarasota Opera is set to launch a new program this spring with a series of summer concerts entitled Sarasota Opera House PRESENTS. This series will bring Sarasota audiences musical performances of American standards, jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, and more. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In MaySarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2018

Sarasota Opera is set to launch a new program this spring with a series of summer concerts entitled Sarasota Opera House PRESENTS. This series will bring Sarasota audiences musical performances of American standards, jazz, rock, bluegrass, country, and more. (more...)

BWW Review: LBJ Completes His Term in Arena Stage's THE GREAT SOCIETYBWW Review: LBJ Completes His Term in Arena Stage's THE GREAT SOCIETY
by Roger Catlin - Feb 11, 2018

It will take biographer Robert Caro five volumes to complete his portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson, so it's no surprise that there's a second LBJ play from Robert Schenkkan. (more...)

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