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A Taste of Downtown

Now in its fourth 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, assorted beers and specialty cocktails. 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: $65 per person




Sat 9/30/17 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 wonderful, all-encompassing art form.

Thursdays at 10:30 am


Thu 10/12/17 10:30AM Kamlet Library Verismo: What Is It?
Thu 10/19/17 10:30AM Kamlet Library Singers and Signature Roles
Thu 10/26/17 10:30AM Kamlet Library Don't Box Me In
Thu 11/2/17 10:30AM Kamlet Library I'm a Stranger Here Myself


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 La traviata.

Tickets: $195 per person


Sun 10/29/17 6:00PM Local Venue Curtain Raiser


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


Mini-Events

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

Tue 11/7/17 4:30PM Local Venue Sunset Cruise
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.


Thu 11/9/17 12:00PM Sarasota Opera House Concert at Noon
Fri 3/2/18 12:00PM Sarasota Opera House Concert at Noon
Fri 3/16/18 12:00PM Sarasota Opera House Concert at Noon


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


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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