Upcoming Performances & Events

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Opera House Tours

Join us on Mondays during opera season for a tour of the historic Sarasota Opera House, complete with backstage tour. You'll hear some great stories, and discover why the Sarasota Opera house is at the very center of Sarasota's cultural life.


Mon 2/19/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 2/26/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/5/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/12/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/19/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour


Mini-Events

Enjoy a variety of themed events while making new friends. Please click each event below for more information.

Fri 1/19/18 5:30PM Local Venue Sevillian Nights
Fri 2/23/18 6:00PM Local Venue Wine Dinner
Sat 3/10/18 5:00PM Local Venue Tiefland Prelude Dinner


Concerts at Noon

Experience tomorrow’s talent first hand as our Apprentice Artists perform in these hour-long concerts.
Limited seating: first come, first served.


Fri 3/2/18 12:00PM Sarasota Opera House Concert at Noon
Fri 3/16/18 12:00PM Sarasota Opera House Concert at Noon


A Celtic Christmas
The 5th Annual Celtic Christmas

presented by

The City of Dunedin Pipe Band

The globally award winning City of Dunedin Pipe Band presents the 5th Annual ‘Celtic Christmas’, at the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre at the Sarasota Opera House, on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:00PM. This concert will transcend you into the Holiday Spirit while capturing the Celtic flare of Christmas through traditional Scottish Bagpiping, Highland and Irish Dance, and classic holiday music. Performers will include award winning actress Davenia McFadden, the beautiful vocals of Sarah Combs, the champion winning Isle of Skye Highland Dancers, Riverview Kiltie Pipe Band and Highland Dancers, and the Sarasota Military Academy Pipe Band.
City of Dunedin Pipe Band has also partnered with the Sarasota YMCA to help those less fortunate during the yuletide season. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to Sarasota YMCA Safe Children Coalition (Foster Care) children. Donations of unwrapped toys will be extremely appreciated at the front door.

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 13, 2017.
Sun 12/3/17 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House A Celtic Christmas


4-Hand Grand
Presented by Bradenton Opera Guild featuring Stacy and Rich Ridenour, Duo-Pianists.

You have the unique experience of sitting on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House with the performers to enjoy this concert of classic songs, dances and Americana. Critics hail as “amazingly versatile, masterfully musical and wickedly funny.” Rich is a concert pianist who performs as soloist with orchestras throughout the country and Stacy is our own Sarasota Opera Development Director. Sign up now as space on stage will be limited.

6:30PM Wine and hor d'oeuvres – Lobby and Courtyard
7:30PM Concert on stage

Admission: Individual $40.00

Proceeds to benefit Sarasota Opera.
Mon 12/4/17 6:30PM Sarasota Opera House 4-Hand Grand


Poinsettia Luncheon
Sarasota Opera Guild presents their 33rd Annual Poinsettia Luncheon
Phashions of the Opera


Costumes from the Opera will be featured.

Friday, December 8, 2017; 11:00 am Social Hour, Noon Luncheon
Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota

Tickets on Sale October 1, 2017
Fri 12/8/17 11:00AM Local Venue Poinsettia Luncheon


Ditchfield Family Singers

Known throughout the country for their superb harmonies, rich blend and genuine family warmth, The Ditchfields present their 18th Annual Christmas Show, full of happy holiday memories, nostalgic favorites and lots of special surprises! Join this remarkably talented family for an unforgettable experience...it's "Christmas Joy" with The Ditchfields.


Fri 12/8/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Christmas Joy
Sat 12/9/17 2:00PM Sarasota Opera House Christmas Joy


The Nutcracker
Under the artistic direction of Darya Fedotova and Sergiy Mykhaylov, The School of Russian Ballet will present the beautiful traditional Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker”. Original choreography is by Professor Vadim Fedotov and is set to the music of Pyotor Tchaikovsky. The School of Russian Ballet dancers will be joined on stage by international world-famous dancers.

This spectacular performance is a wonderful holiday tradition to share with your family, friends, and children of all ages.

Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Sarasota Opera House 61 Pineapple Ave. Sarasota 34236

Ticket Prices: VIP (children and adults) $45, Adults $25, Children (under 13) $17

Tickets on sale Monday, September 25, 2017.
Sun 12/10/17 4:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker


Mandy Harvey - Hear and Now
On December 15, 2017, the one and only Ear Research Foundation of Sarasota will hold it’s 11th Hear and Now Gala featuring America's Got Talent 2017 finalist, Mandy Harvey. Mandy is a jazz-pop singer- songwriter who as a young woman, working towards a degree in music education, lost her hearing.

After her staggering hearing loss, Mandy with the encouragement of her father and friends, found a new direction as a performing artist. This led to her becoming a contestant on America’s got talent. Mandy, was Simon Cowells’ Gold Buzzer contestant, which put her straight through to the America’s Got Talent finals and a natural choice for the Ear Research Foundation fundraiser.

Mandy has co-authored a book of her inspiring journey “ Sensing the Rhythm: Finding My Voice in a World Without Sound”. Her message is universal...Hope, Dream, Believe, no matter what. All proceeds from this concert will be used to provide Cochlear implants and hearing aids for deserving patients, training of Doctoral fellows from around the world and sponsoring ear research which is recognized Internationally. The Ear Research Foundation, under the sponsorship and direction of Dr. Herbert Silverstein, has been serving our community since 1979.

Fri 12/15/17 8:00PM Sarasota Opera House Mandy Harvey - Hear and Now


The Nutcracker
The beloved holiday classic performed by The Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballet.
This has become one of the most highly-awaited events of each Christmas holiday season.

Ticket Prices: Adults $37, Children (12 and under) $17

Tickets on sale Friday, September 29, 2017.
Sat 12/16/17 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker
Sun 12/17/17 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker


Celebration Concert
The Perlman Music Program presents the Celebration Concert

featuring Itzhak Perlman leading the PMP String Orchestra
and Patrick Romano directing the PMP Chorus


Celebrating the exceptional talent of The Perlman Music Program students and the close of the 2017-2018 PMP Sarasota Winter Residency

For more information, visit www.PMPSuncoast.org or call 941-955-4942.

“The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Orchestra is not your “ordinary” extraordinary string orchestra. Every player in it is a soloist, yet each has learned, through experience with chamber music and, yes, choral singing, to blend, breathe and phrase like one organism.”

“I couldn’t help thinking that some of the world’s great orchestras would kill to have string sections like this."

- June LeBell, The Observer

Tickets on sale for members on October 2.
Tickets on sale for general public on October 16.
Thu 1/4/18 5:30PM Sarasota Opera House Celebration Concert


The Opera Gala

Location:The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 6:30pm

The annual Opera Gala celebrates the beginning of Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival. This year’s gala will feature many French surprises as we prepare for our opening of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The elegant affair will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, four course dinner, a special performance by our Principal Artists, and live music for dancing. Let’s raise a glass of champagne together at the premier social event in Sarasota!

Tickets: $325 per person


Sat 2/3/18 6:30PM Local Venue The Opera Gala


Manon Lescaut

Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des Grieux’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet despite the jewels and parties, Manon’s love for Des Grieux is inextinguishable and will burn them in ways they do not foresee.


Sat 2/10/18 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Wed 2/14/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Sun 2/18/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Tue 2/20/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Sat 2/24/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Thu 3/1/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Sun 3/4/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Sat 3/17/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut
Fri 3/23/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Manon Lescaut


Artists Roundtable

This exciting new discussion series will give you a broad view of the opera art form by grouping together conductors, designers, singers and stage directors from our four Winter Festival operas to discuss their experience creating the world-class performances you see on the Sarasota Opera stage.

Saturdays at 10:30 am in the Jonas Kamlet Library


Sat 2/17/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Directors Roundtable
Sat 3/3/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Designers Roundtable
Sat 3/10/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Principal Artists Roundtable
Sat 3/17/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Conductors Roundtable


Carmen

All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen will take you on a journey through Seville, to the mountains with the smugglers, and finally to the bullring, where Carmen and Don José’s story comes to its tragic end.

Hear some of the most recognizable music in opera, like the “Habanera” and the “Seguidilla,” and feel the excitement of the famous “Toreador Song.”


Sat 2/17/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Thu 2/22/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Sun 2/25/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Tue 2/27/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Wed 3/7/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Fri 3/9/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Tue 3/13/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Fri 3/16/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Thu 3/22/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen
Sat 3/24/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Carmen


Norma

In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in love. Defying her sacred vows, Norma has borne two children, but Pollione’s sights are now set on Adalgisa, a temple virgin. The scorned Norma contemplates murder, but as her heart battles between love and duty, she chooses to be cleansed by the flames of a sacrificial pyre.


Sat 3/3/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Tue 3/6/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Thu 3/8/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Sun 3/11/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Wed 3/14/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Sat 3/17/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Tue 3/20/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma
Sat 3/24/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Norma


Covers at Three

Peterson Great Room, Sarasota Opera House

Studio Artists who are understudying principal roles on the main stage will sing excerpts from this season’s operas.


Fri 3/9/18 3:00PM Peterson Great Room Covers at Three


Tiefland

Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near him while he takes a wealthy wife, Sebastiano marries Marta off to the shepherd, Pedro. Unaware of her past, Pedro falls in love with her. When Marta’s awful secret comes to light, Pedro does whatever it takes to free his beloved from her misery.

This passionate example of early 20th century verismo opera is seen regularly in Germany and Austria, but there has been only one other U.S. production in a century.


Sat 3/10/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tiefland
Thu 3/15/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tiefland
Sun 3/18/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tiefland
Wed 3/21/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tiefland
Sun 3/25/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tiefland


Artists Choice Concert

A Sarasota Opera tradition! Principal and studio artists will perform their choice of the best of opera and song, with piano accompaniment.


Sun 3/18/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Artists Choice Concert


Salute to the Stars

Location: Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30am

Please join us for lunch overlooking Sarasota Bay to celebrate the outstanding Sarasota Opera Artists who will be honored in 2018. You will experience a live performance by the award-winners, and learn more about our apprentice artist program.

Tickets: $75 per individual or $125 per patron sponsor*

*Includes donation to support the apprentice artist program, premium seating, and recognition on the program.


Fri 3/23/18 11:30AM Local Venue Salute to the Stars


Opera Club
Membership to the The Simonsen & Montminy Opera Club for the 2017-2018 Season begins November 3, 2017 and expires March 25, 2018.

Donors at the Regent Level ($1,250) and higher, please call Brenda Tamm, 941-366-8450, Ext. 250, to take advantage of your membership discount.
Mon 3/26/18 8:00PM Sarasota Opera House Opera Club Membership

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