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Madama Butterfly

From her little house on a hill overlooking the Nagasaki port, with a little boy at her side, Butterfly awaits the return of her beloved. Three years earlier, at the tender age of fifteen, she married Pinkerton, a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, and now he’s returned to break her heart. Filled with Puccini’s most expansive melodies, Madama Butterfly is at the top of a very short list of most performed and best loved operas of all times.

Running time: 2 hours and 55 minutes with two intermissions

CAST
Cio-Cio-San Joanna Parisi
Suzuki Laurel Semerdjian
B.F. Pinkerton Antonio Corianò
Sharpless César A. Méndez Silvagnoli

CREW
Conductor Victor DeRenzi
Stage Director John Basil
Scenic Designer David P. Gordon
Costume Coordinator Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer Ken Yunker
Chorus Master Roger L. Bingaman


Sat 3/25/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Madama Butterfly


The Italian Girl in Algiers

Lindoro’s attempts to escape Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers, have all been in vain. To top it off, he is now faced with a hand-me-down bride instead of his beloved, Isabella, who has gone missing. But a unique turn of events brings Isabella right where she needs to be to save her lost fiancé. And she knows exactly what to do to get them out of this bind.

Running time: 2 hours and 52 minutes with one intermission

CAST
Isabella Tara Venditti
Lindoro Hak Soo Kim
Taddeo Bruno Taddia
Mustafà Harold Wilson

CREW
Conductor Anthony Barrese
Stage Director Mark Freiman
Scenic Designer Michael Schweikardt
Costume Designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer Ken Yunker
Chorus Master Roger L. Bingaman


Sat 3/25/17 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Italian Girl in Algiers


Dialogues of the Carmelites

Set during the French Revolution’s infamous “Reign of Terror,” follow the story of Blanche de la Force as she dedicates her life to God’s service by joining a Carmelite order. As the story unfolds, the revolution threatens to destroy all that’s most sacred to the nuns. Blanche’s journey will lead her to learn the true meaning of faith.


CAST
Blanche de la Force Sandra Lopez
Madame de Croissy Lisa Chavez
Madame Lidoine Michelle Johnson
Mother Marie of the Incarnation Olivia Vote

CREW
Conductor David Neely
Stage Director Martha Collins
Scenic Designer Robert Little
Costume Coordinator Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer Ken Yunker
Chorus Master Roger L. Bingaman


Come early and enjoy a pre-show introduction hosted by a member of the Sarasota Opera music staff 45 minutes before all Dialogues of the Carmelites performances. FREE with your opera ticket. Felding Hall (in the back of the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard.)


Fri 3/24/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Dialogues of the Carmelites


The Love of Three Kings

One of opera’s most passionate stories has music to match in this early twentieth century masterpiece. Forced to marry Manfredo, the son of the man who conquered her country, Princess Fiora’s heart belongs to Avito. The two lovers have been meeting in secret, but they are playing a dangerous game, as the blind King Archibaldo grows suspicious.


CAST
Fiora Elizabeth Tredent
Avito Matthew Vickers
Manfredo Marco Nisticò
Archibaldo Kevin Short

CREW
Conductor Victor DeRenzi
Stage Director Stephanie Sundine
Scenic Designer David P. Gordon
Costume Designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer Ken Yunker
Chorus Master Roger L. Bingaman


Come early and enjoy a pre-show introduction hosted by a member of the Sarasota Opera music staff 45 minutes before all The Love of Three Kings performances. FREE with your opera ticket. Felding Hall (in the back of the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard.)


Sun 3/26/17 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Love of Three Kings


Spring Opera Spectacular

All things must come to an end—including the opera season—so let’s make it unforgettable! Before we close the Winter Opera Festival, hear your favorite arias and ensembles featuring the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Chorus and soloists under the direction of Maestro DeRenzi.


Sun 3/26/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Spring Opera Spectacular


La traviata

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his family’s honor, she must forsake her dream of love.

Verdi’s awe-inspiring music combined with a heart-breaking libretto has made La traviata one of the repertoire cornerstones of opera companies around the world.


Fri 11/3/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Sun 11/5/17 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Wed 11/8/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Tue 11/14/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Thu 11/16/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Sun 11/19/17 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata
Tue 11/21/17 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata


Rootabaga Country

After a nationwide search, we are proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been chosen to compose Sarasota Youth Opera’s new commission—Rootabaga Country. Ms. Peters explains that the work has a “sincere message of tolerance and inclusiveness in a cultural climate where the simple act of growing up is more confusing than ever before.”

This adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s 1922 Rootabaga Stories will have its world premiere by Sarasota Youth Opera in November 2017.

Sponsored by the Les and Carol Brualdi Foundation


Sat 11/11/17 5:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rootabaga Country
Sun 11/12/17 12:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rootabaga Country


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

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