Single Tickets For Sarasota Opera's 2019-20 Season On-Sale Online August 1st
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 works-Romeo & Juliet by Charles Gounod, and La Wally by Alfredo Catalani. Discounted four and five-opera subscriptions are still available for purchase. For more information on the upcoming 2019-2020 season, visit SarasotaOpera.org, contact the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300, or visit in person at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
2019 Fall Season: November 1-17, 2020
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Brundibár by Hans Krása (A Sarasota Youth Opera Production)
2019 Winter Opera Festival: February 8-March 22, 2020
La bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Romeo & Juliet by Charles Gounod (New Production)
The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti
La Wally by Alfredo Catalani (New Production)
Sarasota Opera is entering its 61st Season of bringing world-class opera to Florida's Gulf Coast. The company was launched in 1960, when a touring chamber opera company came to the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota's Ringling Museum of Art. The following year the Asolo Opera Guild was formed to present the season. By 1974 the Asolo Opera was mounting its own productions at the theater. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to full-scale opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater which in 1984 (as the Sarasota Opera House) became home to the newly renamed Sarasota Opera. The building underwent a $20 million renovation and rehabilitation in 2007 enhancing audience amenities, while updating the technical facilities, including increasing the size of the orchestra pit. The theater, which reopened in March 2008, has been called "one of America's finest venues for opera" by Musical America.
Since 1983, the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi and administrative leadership of Executive Director Richard Russell since 2012. Sarasota Opera has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as the Verdi Cycle, completed in 2016, that made Sarasota Opera the only opera company in the world to present all of Verdi's works. Recognizing the importance of training, Maestro DeRenzi founded the Apprentice and Studio Artists programs. Sarasota Opera also maintains a commitment to education through its Explorations in Opera performances for local schools and the industry-leading Sarasota Youth Opera program.
Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award from the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.