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Recital Series

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

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


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 3/22/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Artists


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.


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.


Please be aware that smoke, strobe lights and thunder noises are used in this production.


Sat 3/23/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Magic Flute


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?


There will be a pre-performance talk beginning 45 minutes before each performance of the opera in Felding Hall in the back of the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard

Please be aware that smoke, strobe lights and loud noises are used in this production.


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?


There will be a pre-performance talk beginning 45 minutes before each performance of the opera in Felding Hall in the back of the Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Courtyard

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)


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

Help celebrate Sarasota Opera's Diamond Anniversary Season with highlights from 60 seasons of Sarasota Opera. This concert will feature some of your favorite operatic selections with piano sung by some of Sarasota Opera's most popular Principal Artists. This retrospective will be narrated by Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell.


Featured Artists
Kara Shay Thomson, soprano
Hanna Brammer, soprano
Jonathan Burton, tenor
Marco Nisticò, baritone
Young Bok Kim, bass
John Spencer IV, piano

Following the concert, 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


Anything Goes
Sarasota Academy of the Arts is a public charter school with a focus on performing and visual arts. They present an annual full scale Broadway Musical and for a 2:00 PM matinee and a 7:00 PM evening performance on April 6, 2019, they will act, sing, and tap dance their way through Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”. With hundreds of brightly colored costumes, professional sound and lighting, beautiful backdrops, a hilarious script, those gorgeous Cole Porter tunes and a cast of talented students, this show will be thoroughly entertaining. Don’t miss the 1:30 PM and the 6:30 PM pre-shows with SAA’s youngest students who will adorably warm up the audience for the main event, “Anything Goes”.

Tickets on sale Monday, February 18, 2019.
Sat 4/6/19 2:00PM Sarasota Opera House Anything Goes
Sat 4/6/19 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House Anything Goes


Cinderella Ballet
The School of Russian Ballet is pleased to present its production of the classic story of Cinderella with choreography by Vadim Fedotov, music by Prokofiev, and performances by international guest artists. Cinderella, her fairy Godmother, her stepsisters and the handsome prince will come to life on stage for an afternoon of comedy and romance. This is an enchanting story the entire family will enjoy.
Sun 4/7/19 4:00PM Sarasota Opera House Cinderella Ballet


The Soap Myth

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The Florida Holocaust Museum, along with The Tampa JCCs & Federation and the Sarasota Opera House, are thrilled to present The Soap Myth on Monday, April 15 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa and on Tuesday, April 16 at the Sarasota Opera House!

The Soap Myth stars seven-time Emmy Award and five-time Golden Globe Award winner Ed Asner in the readings of Jeff Cohen’s play, directed by Pam Berlin.

The Soap Myth takes place more than a half century after the end of WWII when a young journalist sets out to write an article about a cantankerous Holocaust Survivor and his crusade regarding the Nazi atrocity of soap.

The Soap Myth dramatizes the friendship that develops between a young Jewish journalist (Annie Blumberg) and a cantankerous Holocaust Survivor (Milton Saltzman) on a crusade about including “soap” in Holocaust museums – Did the Nazis make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews? Along the way the play grapples with the pernicious evil of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial. The play tackles such timely and provocative themes as how a survivor survives surviving, who has the right to write history and how do we determine the truth.

Ed Asner is beloved for such legendary roles as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Santa Claus in the Will Farrell comedy Elf, and Carl Fredrickson in the smash animated feature Up. This marks the third year that he will perform the role of Holocaust Survivor Milton Saltzman in The Soap Myth.


Click here to purchase tickets for April 15th in Tampa


Tue 4/16/19 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House The Soap Myth


RoSfest
The Rites of Spring Festival, better known as RoSfest, is the Premier International Art Rock Festival in North America. Now in its 16th year, this 3-day event showcasing 10 prominent live bands including Finlands - "Von Hertzen Brothers" headlining Friday night, Uk Progressive Rock Legend, "Martin Barre Celebrates 50 years of Jethro Tull" headlining Saturday night, and Poland's "Riverside" headlining Sunday night. ALL original music and proud to call the Sarasota Opera House its new home!

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

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


HD at the Opera House

Our opera productions may not begin until Verdi’s Rigoletto opens in the fall, but during the summer, we’ll bring you plenty of opera and ballet on the big screen.

The 2019 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Season begins in May, and features operas like La Forza del destino, Faust, The Merry Widow and La traviata; ballets like Mayerling and Romeo & Juliet, and much more.

Tickets are just $20.

Sundays at 1:30 pm, beginning May 19, 2019


Sun 5/19/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La Forza del Destino-Film


HD at the Opera House

Our opera productions may not begin until Verdi’s Rigoletto opens in the fall, but during the summer, we’ll bring you plenty of opera and ballet on the big screen.

The 2019 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Season begins in May, and features operas like La Forza del destino, Faust, The Merry Widow and La traviata; ballets like Mayerling and Romeo & Juliet, and much more.

Tickets are just $20.

Sundays at 1:30 pm, beginning May 19, 2019


Sun 6/2/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Mayerling - Ballet Film
Sun 6/16/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Faust - Opera Film
Sun 6/30/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Golden Hour - Ballet Film
Sun 7/14/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Merry Widow-Operetta Film
Sun 7/28/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Romeo & Juliet-Ballet Film
Sun 8/11/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La Gioconda - Opera Film
Sun 8/25/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Die Walkure - Opera Film
Sun 9/8/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Nutcracker-Ballet Film
Sun 9/22/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La traviata - Opera Film
Sun 10/6/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House La Bayadere-Ballet Film


Curtain Raiser

Michael's on East Ballroom

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 10/20/19 6:00PM Local Venue Curtain Raiser


Rigoletto

Rigoletto
November 1–17
Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
LOVE IS DANGEROUS

The story of a protective father, a lecherous Duke, and a naive woman who discovers that love isn’t always true, one of Verdi’s greatest works returns to Sarasota Opera.


Fri 11/1/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto
Sun 11/3/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto
Wed 11/6/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto
Tue 11/12/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto
Thu 11/14/19 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto
Sun 11/17/19 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Rigoletto


Concert at Noon

Enjoy these hour-long concerts featuring Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice and Studio artists singing arias and ensembles.

Tickets: $5


Fri 11/8/19 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Concert
Fri 3/6/20 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Concert
Fri 3/13/20 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Studio Covers at Noon
Fri 3/20/20 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Concert


Brundibar

Brundibár
November 15 & 16
A Youth Opera by Hans Krása with a prologue by Jesse Martins and Martha Collins
LOVE CONQUERS EVIL

Performed dozens of times by the children of Thereseinstadt concentration camp during WWII, this tale of friendship, perseverance, and teamwork will touch your heart.


Fri 11/15/19 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House Brundibar
Sat 11/16/19 7:00PM Sarasota Opera House Brundibar


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: $350 per person


Sat 2/1/20 6:30PM Local Venue The Opera Gala


Artists Concert

This Sarasota Opera tradition is back! Hear Principal and Studio artists perform their choice of the best-loved opera arias and songs with piano accompaniment.


Sun 3/15/20 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House Artists Concert


Salute to the Stars

Sarasota Yacht Club

Celebrating the outstanding Sarasota Opera artists who will be honored in 2020, 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 3/19/20 11:30AM Local Venue Salute to the Stars

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