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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


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, 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

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