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Sasha Regan's All-male Company Set Sail For Wilton's This April Photo Sasha Regan's All-male Company Set Sail For Wilton's This April
by Stephi Wild - Feb 27, 2020

Hot off the Captain's table! There's just over a month until Sasha Regan's award-winning All-Male company docks at Wilton's Music Hall for another nautical adventure! The much-loved crew of All-Male H.M.S. PINAFORE downs anchor at Wilton's from 15th April - 9th May before setting sail to Bath, Winchester, Cambridge and Exeter.

Soprano Caitlin Crabill Will Now Sing the Role of Wally in Sarasota Opera's LA WALLY Photo Soprano Caitlin Crabill Will Now Sing the Role of Wally in Sarasota Opera's LA WALLY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 26, 2020

Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi have announced that soprano Caitlin Crabill will be performing the role of Wally for all performances of Sarasota Opera's production of Alfredo Catalani's La Wally, opening Saturday, March 7, 2020. Teresa Romano, who was originally scheduled to sing in the production, has withdrawn due to illness.

Sarasota Opera Opens 2020 Winter Opera Festival With Fanfare And Ceremony Photo Sarasota Opera Opens 2020 Winter Opera Festival With Fanfare And Ceremony
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 10, 2020

On Saturday, February 8, Sarasota Opera opened the 2020 Winter Opera Festival with a festive brass fanfare played from the outside balcony of the Opera House, followed by the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the completion of the Verdi Cycle.

Sarasota Opera Announces 2020-2021 Season Photo Sarasota Opera Announces 2020-2021 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 4, 2020

An adventure around the world awaits with the 2020-2021 Sarasota Opera Season, as announced today at a press conference held at the Sarasota Opera House. Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Victor DeRenzi presided over the event and were joined by principal artists performing selected arias from the upcoming seasons' works.

Sarasota Opera Invites The Community To A Free Open House Next Week Photo Sarasota Opera Invites The Community To A Free Open House Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Jan 13, 2020

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 pm, the community is invited to visit Sarasota Opera House for a wide variety of free activities and offerings. Visitors can enjoy art songs, ensembles, and arias sung throughout the opera house, raffles, backstage tours, wig and makeup demonstrations, a display from the recent acquisition of approximately 30,000 historic opera costumes, special ticket offers, and complementary refreshments. Artists appearing in the upcoming Winter Opera Festival productions of La bohème, Romeo & Juliet, The Elixir of Love, and La Wally will be on hand to share the excitement of the season, themed a?oeLove is In the Air.a?? The festive event will conclude with a special performance on stage. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, call (941) 328-1300, or visit the box office in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Sarasota Opera Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant From The Gulf Coast Community Photo Sarasota Opera Receives $50,000 Arts Appreciation Grant From The Gulf Coast Community Foundation
by Stephi Wild - Oct 23, 2019

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 2019/2020 Season, which marks the company's 61st year of presenting world-class opera on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast.

Sarasota Opera Announces Public Phase Of $40M Campaign And Acquisition Of Opera Costu Photo Sarasota Opera Announces Public Phase Of $40M Campaign And Acquisition Of Opera Costume Collection
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 8, 2019

Sarasota Opera Association, Inc. kicked off the final and public phase of a $40M comprehensive campaign and celebrated the acquisition of an historic collection of opera costumes from Toronto-based Malabar Ltd. at an event on October 8, 2019 at the Sarasota Opera House hosted by Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi.

BEETLEJUICE Added To Classic Movies At The Opera House Series to Screen October 4th Photo BEETLEJUICE Added To Classic Movies At The Opera House Series to Screen October 4th
by Julie Musbach - Sep 24, 2019

Sarasota Opera will present the Academy Award winning film a?oeBeetlejuicea?? as a late-season addition to their a?oeClassic Movies at the Opera Housea?? series. a?oeBeetlejuicea?? will start at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Sarasota Youth Opera Fundraiser Welcomes New Partners And Returning Favorites, Septem Photo Sarasota Youth Opera Fundraiser Welcomes New Partners And Returning Favorites, September 21
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 10, 2019

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For The 2019-2020 Season Photo Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For The 2019-2020 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 6, 2019

Victor DeRenzi, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and Richard Russell, Executive Director, are pleased to announce the casting for the 2019-20 season at Sarasota Opera, welcoming back returning Sarasota audience favorites as well as introducing new artists for their company debuts.

Single Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 2019-20 Season On-Sale Online August 1st Photo Single Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 2019-20 Season On-Sale Online August 1st
by Julie Musbach - Jul 31, 2019

Single tickets will go on sale exclusively ONLINE at SarasotaOpera.org Thursday, August 1st for the 2019-20 Season, which includes some of the company's most popular productions: Verdi's Rigoletto, Puccini's La bohème, and Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, as well as the return of two celebrated worksa?"Romeo & Juliet by Charles Gounod, and La Wally by Alfredo Catalani.

Sarasota Youth Opera Receives $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Photo Sarasota Youth Opera Receives $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
by Sarah Hookey - May 16, 2019

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.

Sarasota Opera To Present 'Opera Composers In Song' Photo Sarasota Opera To Present 'Opera Composers In Song'
by Stephi Wild - Apr 23, 2019

On Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm, the historic Sarasota Opera House will be filled with exquisite songs written by well-known opera composers. Soprano Elizabeth Tredent (the title roles in Rita and Susanna's Secret, Violetta in La traviata), tenor Matthew Vickers (Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Avito in The Love of Three Kings), and baritone Marco Nistico (Giorgio Germont in La traviata, Amonasro in Aida) will be accompanied on the piano by John F. Spencer IV. The program will represent a musical journey through time-from a Mozart song set to the words of Goethe to a song Richard Strauss composed as a gift to his wife the day before their wedding in 1894. The songs will be performed in their original languages of Italian, French, German, and Russian, with translations provided.

Photo Flash: First Look at CCCT's ALL THE WAY Photo Photo Flash: First Look at CCCT's ALL THE WAY
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2019

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) presents All the Way, directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's "action-packed, thoroughly gripping…jaw-dropping political drama" (Variety) about the first year of Lyndon Johnson's presidency plays April 12 through May 5 at CCCT. For tickets and information visit the theatre's website at www.ccct.org or call 510.524.9012.

Ed Asner And Tovah Feldshuh To Appear In Concert Reading Of THE SOAP MYTH At The Sara Photo Ed Asner And Tovah Feldshuh To Appear In Concert Reading Of THE SOAP MYTH At The Sarasota Opera House
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 26, 2019

The Sarasota Opera House, in conjunction with the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, will present a reading of The Soap Myth, starring Ed Asner and Tovah Feldshuh on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00pm. Originally presented off-Broadway in 2012, The Soap Myth, written by Jeff Cohen and directed by Pam Berlin, is set more than 50 years after the end of World War II, and dramatizes the warm friendship that develops between a young Jewish journalist and a cantankerous Holocaust Survivor on a crusade about including "soap" in Holocaust museums - Did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews? Along the way the play grapples with the pernicious evil of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial. The Soap Myth asks provocative questions like "Who has the right to write history?" and "How does a survivor survive surviving?"

Contra Costa Civic Theatre Presents ALL THE WAY Photo Contra Costa Civic Theatre Presents ALL THE WAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 19, 2019

Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) today announced the cast for its upcoming production of All the Way, directed by CCCT Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's "action-packed, thoroughly gripping…jaw-dropping political drama" (Variety) about the first year of Lyndon Johnson's presidency plays April 12 through May 5 at CCCT. For tickets and information visit the theatre's website at www.ccct.org.

Sarasota Opera Celebrates 60th Season With Diamond Anniversary Concert And Dinner Photo Sarasota Opera Celebrates 60th Season With Diamond Anniversary Concert And Dinner
by Julie Musbach - Mar 18, 2019

On Friday April 5, 2019, Sarasota Opera will present a concert and dinner in commemoration of their 60th season of bringing world-class opera to Florida's Gulf Coast.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 6- Bryan Cranston Brings LBJ To Broadway In ALL THE WAY Photo VIDEO: On This Day, March 6- Bryan Cranston Brings LBJ To Broadway In ALL THE WAY
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 6, 2019

On this day in 2014, the current star of Network, Bryan Cranston opened on Broadway in his Tony-winning role of Lyndon B. Johnson in the hit drama All The Way. 

Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995 Photo Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2019

Amidst a setting of ancient times, Nabucco-king of Babylon-conquers the Hebrews, destroys their holy temple of Solomon and takes them into captivity. Meanwhile, his daughters Fenena and Abigaille both yearn for the forbidden affection of the Israelite Ismael. Her love unrequited, Abigaille is obsessed with vengeance. In the ultimate act of hubris, Nabucco declares that he is God and is struck mad by a thunderbolt. Will he regain his reason, repent, and return the Jews to their homeland?

Sarasota Opera Announces Cast Change For NABUCCO Photo Sarasota Opera Announces Cast Change For NABUCCO
by Julie Musbach - Feb 26, 2019

Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi have announced that bass baritone Kevin Short will return to Sarasota Opera this season to sing the role of Zaccaria in Sarasota Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco, opening Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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