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Sarasota Opera Presents RITA And SUSANNA'S SECRET Photo Sarasota Opera Presents RITA And SUSANNA'S SECRET
by Stephi Wild - Feb 19, 2019

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30pm, the curtain will rise on Rita (Two Men and a Woman) and Susanna's Secret, two one-act operas that are sure to bring a smile to the audience. The light evening of comic story lines and beautiful music is perfect for the first-time goer, while the rarity of the pairing and authenticity of the production will satisfy even the most sophisticated opera lover. A playful look at marital discord is at the heart of both Donizetti's Rita and Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret, but the conflicts resolve themselves in very different ways, both musically and dramatically. The darkly comic Rita (originally titled Two Men and a Woman) is about a mercurial and domineering woman who has re-married after mistakenly thinking her first husband has died. When he reappears unexpectedly, a showdown arises between her two husbands to decide the outcome-who has to remain married to Rita, and who gets to leave the exasperating situation. In Susanna's Secret, a jealous husband smells tobacco on his wife's clothes and is convinced that she is having an affair. He searches and searches but can't seem to catch her in the act. What could her secret be?

BWW Review: TURANDOT at Sarasota Opera Photo BWW Review: TURANDOT at Sarasota Opera
by Carolan Trbovich - Feb 14, 2019

Sarasota Opera Celebrates 60th Diamond Anniversary Opening With A Brilliant Production of Turandot

Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995 Photo Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995
by Julie Musbach - Feb 12, 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 2019-2020 Season Photo Sarasota Opera Announces 2019-2020 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 5, 2019

Sarasota Opera announced its 2019-2020 Fall and Winter Festival Seasons today at a press conference held on the Sarasota Opera House main stage in Sarasota, Florida. Artistic director and principal conductor Victor DeRenzi and executive director Richard Russell presided over the event and were joined by principal artists performing selected arias from the upcoming seasons' works.

THE MAGIC FLUTE Opens February 16th At Sarasota Opera Photo THE MAGIC FLUTE Opens February 16th At Sarasota Opera
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 29, 2019

Three noble chords begin the Magic Flute, followed by a playful melody that frolics through the orchestra in one of Mozart's most popular overtures. Enchantment awaits as the noble Prince Tamino accompanied by only a magic flute and a bumbling birdcatcher is sent by the mysterious Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, a princess held captive by a sorcerer. However, nothing is quite as it appears, and the dazzling musical adventure takes many twists and turns along its way to happily ever after. Last seen in 2010, The Magic Flute opens Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:30pm as the second opera in the Winter 2019 Festival.

Sarasota Opera Opens 2019 Winter Festival With Puccini's Majestic Turandot Photo Sarasota Opera Opens 2019 Winter Festival With Puccini's Majestic Turandot
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 22, 2019

Three riddles stand between love and death in Giacomo Puccini's last and most majestic opera, as Turandot returns to the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00pm. The passionate tale of intrigue and mystery is based on an age-old Persian fairy tale and set in legendary Peking. The Princess Turandot, sung by Kara Shay Thomson, is so desirable that men come from all over the world to win her love, and yet underneath her royal beauty beats a cold heart, turned bitter by desire to avenge the honor of an ancestor. The fearless prince Calaf, played by tenor Jonathan Burton, takes on the challenge posed by the three questions he must answer to win her hand in marriage. If he errs, he will lose his head just like countless princes before him. Will he outwit her, or will he face a gruesome death? Soprano Anna Mandina will play the faithful Liu, a slave girl loyal to Calaf's father Timur, sung by returning Sarasota Opera favorite, bass Young Bok Kim. The most outspoken of the three royal ministers, Ping, will be sung by baritone Filippo Fontana, returning after his celebrated performance as Figaro in Fall 2018's The Barber of Seville. Stephanie Sundine is the stage director of this critically acclaimed production of Turandot, which premiered in 2013, with Maestro Victor DeRenzi conducting. Turandot is one of the grandest operas to ever play the stage of the Sarasota Opera House, with 74 performers on stage and one of the largest orchestras assembled in opera house history.

Sarasota Opera Presents The 2019 Opera Gala Photo Sarasota Opera Presents The 2019 Opera Gala
by Stephi Wild - 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.

Sarasota Opera Opens 60th Season on February 9th Photo Sarasota Opera Opens 60th Season on February 9th
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Discovery to Premiere New Season of GARAGE REHAB Photo Discovery to Premiere New Season of GARAGE REHAB
by Kaitlin Milligan - 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.

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 Julie Musbach - 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.

Sarasota Opera Opens 11th Season With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo Sarasota Opera Opens 11th Season With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Alexa Criscitiello - 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. 

Sarasota Opera Names Lana Mullen as New Communications Coordinator Photo Sarasota Opera Names Lana Mullen as New Communications Coordinator
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For New Recital Series Photo Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For New Recital Series
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Palo Alto Players Presents ALL THE WAY Photo Palo Alto Players Presents ALL THE WAY
by Julie Musbach - 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. 

Giuseppe Verdi Returns to His American Home at Sarasota Opera with His First Great Su Photo Giuseppe Verdi Returns to His American Home at Sarasota Opera with His First Great Success, NABUCCO
by Julie Musbach - 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."

Sarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura Benanti Photo Sarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura Benanti
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 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.

Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale Today Photo Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

On Today, 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.

Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale 9/4 Photo Individual Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 60th Anniversary Season On Sale 9/4
by Alexa Criscitiello - 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.

Sarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura Benanti Photo Sarasota Opera House to Host an Evening with Laura Benanti
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Da Capo Society To Host WIZARD OF OZ Costume Contest Photo Da Capo Society To Host WIZARD OF OZ Costume Contest
by Julie Musbach - 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.

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