Upcoming Performances & Events

Welcome to the 2017-18 Season!. Click on the links below to filter performances and events by category.
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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


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

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