Upcoming Performances & Events

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HD at the Opera House
Sun 9/30/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Don Pasquale - Opera Film
Sun 10/7/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House Eugene Onegin - Opera Film


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 all-encompassing art form.

Tickets: $25 per session/$75 for all four talks

Thu 10/11/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Fabulous 50's: 1850's that is
Thu 10/18/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library What is an aria?
Thu 10/25/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Critics have their say
Thu 11/1/18 10:30AM Kamlet Library Take a letter, Mr. Postman


Recital Series

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

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


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 10/21/18 6:00PM Local Venue Curtain Raiser


The Barber of Seville

Dr. Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming and plotting to marry her beloved Lindoro—secretly, the rich Count Almaviva.


Fri 10/26/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Sun 10/28/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Wed 10/31/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Tue 11/6/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Thu 11/8/18 7:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville
Sun 11/11/18 1:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Barber of Seville


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 10/29/18 10:30AM Sarasota Opera House Opera House Tour
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


The Little Sweep

Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten’s charming opera—The Little Sweep. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. This enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike.


Sat 11/3/18 5:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Little Sweep
Sun 11/4/18 12:30PM Sarasota Opera House The Little Sweep


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 11/9/18 12:00PM Peterson Great Room Apprentice Artists
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


Dick Hyman Concert
Presented by Bradenton Opera Guild featuring Dick Hyman..

Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early '50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in a long career involving film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name.

Join us for an evening with Dick Hyman. You have the unique experience of sitting on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House to enjoy this presentation.

5:00 pm - Reception
6:00 pm - Concert
7:00 pm - Afterglow

Proceeds to benefit Sarasota Opera.
Sat 11/10/18 6:00PM Sarasota Opera House Dick Hyman Concert


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


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

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