Based in Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera is approaching its 54th consecutive season. In 1960, the company began presenting chamber-sized repertoire in the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota's Ringling Museum of Art. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979 and first performing in it in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House. The theater has just undergone a $20-million renovation and rehabilitation enhancing audience amenities, while updating the technical facilities including increasing the size of the orchestra pit. The theater, which reopened in March 2008, has been called "one of America's finest venues for opera" by Musical America.
Since 1983 the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi. Since then the company has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as the Verdi Cycle producing the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi. Recognizing the importance of training, Maestro DeRenzi founded the Apprentice Artist and Studio Artist programs. Sarasota Opera also maintains a commitment to education through its Invitation to Opera performances for local schools and the unique Sarasota Youth Opera program.
The 2013 Winter Season opened on February 9, 2012 with Puccini's Turandot followed by Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Verdi's A King for a Day and Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men. Subscriptions and single tickets for the 2012 - 2013 Winter Season are now on sale online at www.sarasotaopera.org or calling the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300.
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