Upcoming Performances & Events

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HD at the Opera House
Sun 7/1/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La gazza ladra - Opera Film
Sun 7/8/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Tosca - Opera Film
Sun 7/15/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Andrea Chenier - Opera Film
Sun 7/22/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Swan Lake - Ballet Film
Sun 7/29/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Gala des etoiles - Ballet Film
Sun 8/5/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Romeo et Juliette - Opera Film
Sun 8/12/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Romeo and Juliet -Theater Film
Sun 8/19/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto - Opera Film
Sun 8/26/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Don Quixote - Ballet Film
Sun 9/9/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Queen of Spades - Opera Film
Sun 9/16/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Le Corsaire - Ballet Film
Sun 9/23/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Don Carlo - Opera Film
Sun 9/30/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Don Pasquale - Opera Film
Sun 10/7/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Eugene Onegin - Opera Film

<b>Classic Movies at the Opera House</b>
Thu 7/5/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Gone with the Wind
Thu 7/19/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House King Creole
Thu 8/2/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House North by Northwest
Thu 8/16/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rio Bravo
Thu 9/6/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Sabrina
Thu 9/20/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Great Caruso

Ricky Nelson Remembered

Join us for a musical celebration of America’s first “Teen Idol.”

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Ricky Nelson emerged from “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists and influential musicians of the last 50 years, selling over 140 million recordings. The Nelson Family Legacy continues as Ricky’s twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson present an interactive, multi-media rock & roll concert experience, taking the audience on a musical journey down memory lane.

Matthew and Gunnar will perform their father’s greatest hits including “Poor Little Fool,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walking,” “Garden Party,” alongside their self-penned chart toppers “Love & Affection” and “After the Rain.” This show is truly a slice of Americana, appealing to multi-generational audiences.

One Night Only—Saturday, August 18, 7:30pm

Sat 8/18/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Ricky Nelson Remembered

A Taste of Downtown

Now in its fifth year, this established Sarasota tradition will bring you to Sarasota Opera House, where your favorite downtown restaurants will be showcasing their tasty dishes paired with fine wines and assorted beers. Proceeds from this event benefit the Sarasota Youth Opera, who will perform during the event. Come mix & mingle, sample tasty bites, and have a drink with us to celebrate the end of summer in Sarasota!

Tickets: $75 per person

Sat 9/15/18 1:00PM Sarasota Opera House A Taste of Downtown

Understanding Opera

These enjoyable morning talks take place at the Jonas Kamlet Library at the Sarasota Opera House, and focus on different elements of opera—this all-encompassing art form.

Tickets: $25 per session/$75 for all four talks

Thu 10/11/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Fabulous 50's: 1850's that is
Thu 10/18/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library What is an aria?
Thu 10/25/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Critics have their say
Thu 11/1/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Take a letter, Mr. Postman

Recital Series

A new recital series featuring Sarasota Opera favorite artists performing Opera, Operetta, and Art Songs with piano accompaniment.

Fri 12/14/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Operetta Night
Fri 4/5/19 5:00PM Sarasota Opera House Diamond Anniversary Recital
Fri 5/10/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Opera Composers in Song

Curtain Raiser

Traditionally the start of Sarasota Opera’s social season, this event is where long-time patrons reunite, and new friends are made among fellow opera lovers. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the courtyard, followed by a three-course dinner and an exciting performance by artists from The Barber of Seville.

Tickets: $195 per person

Sun 10/21/18 6:00PM Local Venue Curtain Raiser

The Barber of Seville

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—secretly, the rich Count Almaviva.

Fri 10/26/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Sun 10/28/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Wed 10/31/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Tue 11/6/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Thu 11/8/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Sun 11/11/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville

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 10/29/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 11/5/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 2/18/19 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 2/25/19 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/4/19 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/11/19 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
Mon 3/18/19 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour

The Little Sweep

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera—The Little Sweep. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. This enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike.

Sat 11/3/18 5:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Little Sweep
Sun 11/4/18 12:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Little Sweep

The Opera Gala

The annual Opera Gala celebrates the beginning of Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival. 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 2/2/19 6:30PM Local Venue The Opera Gala

Artists Roundtable

You’ve experienced the power of live opera from your seat—now experience what goes on behind the curtain. Directors, designers, singers, and conductors from our Winter productions will talk about backstage at the opera.

Tue 2/19/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Singers Roundtable
Tue 2/26/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Music Staff Roundtable
Tue 3/5/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Principal Artists Roundtable
Tue 3/12/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Technical Staff Roundtable

Diamond Anniversary Dinner

Come celebrate the conclusion of our 60th Anniversary Season following the Diamond Anniversary Concert. This evening includes a dinner and special presentation immediately following the concert at the Art Ovation hotel.

Tickets: $295 per person

Fri 4/5/19 7:30PM Local Venue Diamond Anniversary Dinner