Upcoming Performances & Events

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Recital Series

Join us for the inaugural concert of our new recital series — An Evening of Operetta. Principal Artists Hanna Brammer, Ben Gulley, and Sean Anderson will sing arias and ensembles from some the most beloved operettas with Mo. John Spencer at the piano.

Tickets are $10–$45

Also Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center. For tickets and information for the Venice Perfomance, visit the Venice Performing Arts Center website.

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


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 2/18/19 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


Concerts at Noon

Hear our Studio and Apprentice Artists perform in these hour-long concerts. The March 14th concert is performed by musicians from our orchestra only.
Limited seating: first come, first served.

Performances take place in the Lee & Bob Peterson Great Room


Fri 3/8/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Artists
Thu 3/14/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Verdi Orchestral Concert
Fri 3/15/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Studio Understudies
Fri 3/22/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Artists


The Nutcracker
Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey to a magical land on Christmas Eve! Every year, young dancers from the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School perform this holiday classic, conceived and choreographed by the School's co-artistic directors Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez, master teacher Delia Ballart Arcia, and resident choreographer Tania Vergara.

Tickets on sale October 15, 2018.
Sat 12/1/18 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker


Poinsettia Luncheon
Sarasota Opera Guild presents their 34th Annual Poinsettia Luncheon
Diamonds are a Guild's Best Friend


Celebrating the 60th Diamond Anniversary of Sarasota Opera

Friday, December 7, 2018; Doors open at 11:00 am
Bird Key Yacht Club, 301 Bird Key Drive, Sarasota

Fri 12/7/18 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 19th 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 ’Tis The Season with The Ditchfields.

Fri 12/7/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House 'Tis The Season
Sat 12/8/18 2:00PM Sarasota Opera House 'Tis The Season


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.

Tickets on sale October 29, 2018.
Sun 12/9/18 4:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker


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.
Tickets on sale October 8, 2018. There is no valet parking for these performances.
Sat 12/15/18 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker
Sun 12/16/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker


Celebration Concert
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast presents the 15th Anniversary 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 15th Anniversary 2018-2019 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

There is valet parking for this event.
Sat 1/5/19 5:00PM Sarasota Opera House Celebration Concert


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


Turandot

In exile, Prince Calaf wanders outside the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand—if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.


Sat 2/9/19 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Tue 2/12/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Thu 2/14/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Sun 2/17/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Wed 2/20/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Sat 2/23/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Thu 2/28/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Sun 3/3/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Fri 3/8/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Fri 3/15/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Sun 3/17/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Wed 3/20/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot
Fri 3/22/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Turandot


The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino’s heroic quest. After being rescued by the Queen of the Night’s three ladies, Tamino is visited by the Queen herself, who asks him for help saving her daughter from Sarastro’s evil hands. With the gift of a magic flute and the help of a clumsy new friend, the bird catcher Papageno, the prince will find out that hero and villain aren’t always who they may seem.


Sat 2/16/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Tue 2/19/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Thu 2/21/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Sun 2/24/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Wed 2/27/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Fri 3/1/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Sat 3/16/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Thu 3/21/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute
Sat 3/23/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute


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
Thu 2/28/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Producing Early Verdi
Tue 3/5/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Principal Artists Roundtable
Tue 3/12/19 5:00PM Kamlet Library Technical Staff Roundtable


Nabucco

Nabucco, king of Babylon, conquers the Hebrews, destroying the temple and taking them into captivity. Meanwhile, his rebellious daughter Abigaille plots to take power and gain the affection of her sister Fenena’s lover, Ismaele. Learning of the coup, the blasphemous Nabucco seizes the crown and declares himself god, but is struck mad by a thunderbolt. Will he regain his reason, repent, and return the Jews to their homeland?


Sat 3/2/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Tue 3/5/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Thu 3/7/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Sun 3/10/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Wed 3/13/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Sat 3/16/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Tue 3/19/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco
Sun 3/24/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Nabucco


Rita/Susanna's Secret

These two rare one-act comedies by Donizetti and Wolf-Ferrari will make for a delightful evening at the opera.

Rita (Two Men and a Woman) Gaetano Donizetti

Rita and her husband Peppe own an inn. Peppe, a sweet and timid man, is terrified of his tyrannical wife. When Gaspar, Rita’s first husband whom she believed drowned, comes back, he turns Rita and Peppe’s lives upside down.


Susanna’s Secret Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Continuing our Beyond Verdi series: Susanna has a secret she isn’t telling. Her husband, Count Gil, smelling tobacco on his wife’s clothes, is convinced that she is having an affair. He searches and searches, but can’t seem to catch her in the act. What could her secret be?

Sat 3/9/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret
Tue 3/12/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret
Thu 3/14/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret
Sun 3/17/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret
Wed 3/20/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret
Sat 3/23/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rita/Susanna's Secret


Salute to the Stars

Sarasota Yacht Club

Celebrating the outstanding Sarasota Opera artists who will be honored in 2019, join us for lunch overlooking Sarasota Bay. You will experience a live performance by the award winners, and learn more about our studio and apprentice artist programs.

Tickets: $75 Individual or $125 per Patron Sponsor (includes donation to support the apprentice artist program, premium seating, and recognition in the program)

Thu 3/21/19 11:30AM Local Venue Salute to the Stars


Opera Club
Membership to the The Simonsen & Montminy Opera Club for the 2018-2019 Season begins October 26, 2018 and expires March 24, 2019.

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 3/25/19 8:00PM Sarasota Opera House Opera Club Membership


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 (includes ticket to recital with premium seating)

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


RoSfest
The Rites of Spring Festival, better known as RoSfest, is the Premier International Art Rock Festival in North America that has successfully hosted 159 Progressive Rock Bands over the past 15 years from around the world. Now in its 16th year, this annual 3-day event showcasing 11 prominent live bands featuring ALL original music is proud to call the Sarasota Opera House its new home!

For more information and a complete list of the bands performing, please visit RoSfest

Tickets on sale December 7, 2018.
Fri 5/3/19 6:00PM Sarasota Opera House RoSfest
Sat 5/4/19 11:00AM Sarasota Opera House RoSfest
Sun 5/5/19 11:00AM Sarasota Opera House RoSfest

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