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Sarasota Opera Opens 2020 Winter Opera Festival With Fanfare And Ceremony Sarasota Opera Opens 2020 Winter Opera Festival With Fanfare And Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2020-2021 Season Sarasota Opera Announces 2020-2021 Season
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

LA BOHEME Will Open Sarasota Opera Winter Festival in February LA BOHEME Will Open Sarasota Opera Winter Festival in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2020

Love is in the air on Saturday, February 8 at 7pm, when Sarasota Opera opens the 2020 Winter Opera Festival with Puccini's La bohème. The melodious love story follows a group of friends - starving artists and intellectuals - living a bohemian lifestyle in 1830's Paris. They struggle with poverty, but never let hardship bring them down. Along the way, Rodolfo and Mimì fall in love-and it doesn't get much more romantic than young love in Paris in the winter. La bohème will have thirteen performances through March 21, 2020. Tickets start at $19. For more information, visit SarasotaOpera.org, call (941) 328-1300, or visit the box office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Invites The Community To A Free Open House Next Week Sarasota Opera Invites The Community To A Free Open House Next Week
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Public Phase Of $40M Campaign And Acquisition Of Opera Costume Collection Sarasota Opera Announces Public Phase Of $40M Campaign And Acquisition Of Opera Costume Collection
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

BEETLEJUICE Added To Classic Movies At The Opera House Series to Screen October 4th BEETLEJUICE Added To Classic Movies At The Opera House Series to Screen October 4th
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Youth Opera Fundraiser Welcomes New Partners And Returning Favorites, September 21 Sarasota Youth Opera Fundraiser Welcomes New Partners And Returning Favorites, September 21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2019

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Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For The 2019-2020 Season Sarasota Opera Announces Casting For The 2019-2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Single Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 2019-20 Season On-Sale Online August 1st Single Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 2019-20 Season On-Sale Online August 1st
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Opera To Present 'Opera Composers In Song' Sarasota Opera To Present 'Opera Composers In Song'
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Ed Asner And Tovah Feldshuh To Appear In Concert Reading Of THE SOAP MYTH At The Sarasota Opera House Ed Asner And Tovah Feldshuh To Appear In Concert Reading Of THE SOAP MYTH At The Sarasota Opera House
by BWW News Desk - 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?" (more...)

BWW Review: NABUCCO at Sarasota Opera BWW Review: NABUCCO at Sarasota Opera
by Carolan Trbovich - Mar 18, 2019

Sarasota Opera Triumphs in Verdi's Nabucco (more...)

Sarasota Opera Celebrates 60th Season With Diamond Anniversary Concert And Dinner Sarasota Opera Celebrates 60th Season With Diamond Anniversary Concert And Dinner
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995 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? (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Cast Change For NABUCCO Sarasota Opera Announces Cast Change For NABUCCO
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Presents RITA And SUSANNA'S SECRET Sarasota Opera Presents RITA And SUSANNA'S SECRET
by BWW News Desk - 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? (more...)

BWW Review: TURANDOT at Sarasota Opera 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 (more...)

Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995 Sarasota Opera Welcomes Back NABUCCO For The First Time Since 1995
by BWW News Desk - 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? (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2019-2020 Season Sarasota Opera Announces 2019-2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE Opens February 16th At Sarasota Opera THE MAGIC FLUTE Opens February 16th At Sarasota Opera
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

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