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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.

BWW Review: IOLANTHE, Richmond Theatre Photo BWW 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.

Sarasota Youth Opera Awarded NEA Art Works Grant Photo Sarasota Youth Opera Awarded NEA Art Works Grant
by Stephi Wild - 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.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE
by Julie Musbach - 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!

Sarasota Opera Expands Summer Movie Series In 2018 Photo Sarasota Opera Expands Summer Movie Series In 2018
by Alexa Criscitiello - 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.

Cast Announced for Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE Photo Cast Announced for Sasha Regan's All-Male IOLANTHE
by Stephi Wild - 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.

Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May Photo Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May
by Alexa Criscitiello - 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.

Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May Photo Sarasota Opera Announces New Concert Series Debuting In May
by Alexa Criscitiello - 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.

BWW Review: LBJ Completes His Term in Arena Stage's THE GREAT SOCIETY Photo BWW 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.

Sarasota Opera Announces 60th Festival Season Photo Sarasota Opera Announces 60th Festival Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 2, 2018

Sarasota Opera will celebrate its 60th anniversary season in 2018/2019 as it announced today at a press conference held on the main stage of the Sarasota Opera House in Sarasota, FL. The event was overseen by Maestro Victor DeRenzi, artistic director and principal conductor, and Richard Russell, Executive Director. Performances were offered by soprano Kara Shay Thomson who sang "In questa reggia" from Puccini's Turandot and bass Young Bok Kim who sang "La calunnia" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville. In addition, the audience participated in a community sing of the famous chorus "Va, pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco.

Rob Reiner's New LBJ Film Opens At Jaffrey's River St Theatre Photo Rob Reiner's New LBJ Film Opens At Jaffrey's River St Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Dec 26, 2017

The last time film director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men, Stand by Me) tackled the topic of the Presidency, it was fiction and a comedy (The American President). Now Reiner brings us a new insightful biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. Woody Harrelson stars in LBJ, which plays at Jaffrey's River Street Theatre, Thursday through Sunday, December 28 to 31.

Jack Willis Returns as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in THE GREAT SOCIETY Photo Jack Willis Returns as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in THE GREAT SOCIETY
by Stephi Wild - Dec 8, 2017

Robert Schenkkan's The Great Society, the second half of the epic drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson, makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, following the theater's critically acclaimed 2016 run of All the Way. Kyle Donnelly returns to Arena Stage to helm this political thrill ride that shines a bright, clear light on a pivotal moment in American history (New York Times). Chronicling LBJ's second term as he seeks to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects, The Great Society runs February 2-March 11, 2018 on the Fichandler Stage.

Andrew Surrena Steps in for David Guzman in LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera Photo Andrew Surrena Steps in for David Guzman in LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi have announced that tenor Andrew Surrena will return to Sarasota Opera this season to sing the role of Alfredo in Sarasota Opera's fall production of Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, opening Today, November 3rd. David Guzman, who was originally scheduled to sing the role, has withdrawn from the production due to illness.

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 10/28/2017
by - Oct 28, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 10/28/2017.

Andrew Surrena Steps in for David Guzman in LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera Photo Andrew Surrena Steps in for David Guzman in LA TRAVIATA at Sarasota Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi have announced that tenor Andrew Surrena will return to Sarasota Opera this season to sing the role of Alfredo in Sarasota Opera's fall production of Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, opening Friday, November 3rd. David Guzman, who was originally scheduled to sing the role, has withdrawn from the production due to illness.

Sarasota Opera Set to Resume Regularly Scheduled Programming Post Irma Photo Sarasota Opera Set to Resume Regularly Scheduled Programming Post Irma
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 13, 2017

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce that the Sarasota Opera House came through Hurricane Irma completely unscathed. With this storm now behind us, the company is ready to resume its regularly scheduled program with the following upcoming events:

Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Announce New Collaboration Photo Sarasota Opera and Sarasota Cuban Ballet School Announce New Collaboration
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School announce an inaugural collaboration for the 2017/2018 season. The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School will participate in three of the five operas in Sarasota Opera's upcoming season.

Sarasota Opera Receives Opera America Grant for New Commission Photo Sarasota Opera Receives Opera America Grant for New Commission
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 1, 2017

Sarasota Opera is the recipient of an $8,000 grant for the commissioning of composer Rachel J. Peters for the creation of Rootabaga Country, Sarasota Youth Opera's sixth world premiere scheduled to be performed on November 11 and 12, 2017. The grant is provided by OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Sarasota Opera Announces New Opera House Film Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2017

Sarasota Opera announces an expansion of their "HD at the Movie House" series entitled "Classic Moves at the Opera House." Originally designed as a movie house and vaudeville theater, Sarasota Opera is embracing the history of the building by bringing many of the classic films that once played at the theater when they originally premiered.

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting for 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2017

World premieres, new productions, and exciting artist debuts will make the 59th season at Sarasota Opera a season not to miss. Highlights of the upcoming year include the return of Giuseppe Verdi, the 6th Sarasota Youth Opera world premiere, and operas by composers such as Vincenzo Bellini and Eugen D'Albert whose operas have not been heard on our stage.

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