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Sarasota Opera House & Box Office

61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Box Office:  (941) 328-1300
E-mail:        boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org

Sarasota Opera Administrative Office

1345 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-8450

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Our Theater

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently undergone a $20-million rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the 1920's theater, while creating an up-to-date opera house for the 21st century.

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Sarasota Opera's Studio Artists Program are emerging artists who serve the main stage productions by covering the principal roles and performing supporting roles. With dozens of roles needing covers each season, Studio Artists are often called on to substitute for an ill or injured principal, sometimes with little notice. In addition, Studio Artists augment the Apprentice Artists chorus for some operas and concerts.

Importantly, the Studio Artists are also Sarasota Opera's ambassadors of opera, bringing this music to communities outside the Opera House. Serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, Studio Artists perform in unique and unusual locations for people that may be otherwise unable to attend a performance. Theses outreach initiatives are held in schools, retirement homes, community centers, and guild meetings as well as other locations and serve a variety of local residents.

Studio Artists Program participants sometimes return to Sarasota Opera as principal artists, and some have gone on to perform with La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and other international companies.

Singers who want to audition for the Studio Artists program must have:

  • career potential as an opera soloist
  • minimum of three seasons experience with nationally recognized young artists programs
  • performed a minimum of three substantial operatic roles with orchestra
  • impeccable professional references

Singers who meet these requirements can be considered for an audition by contacting, or having their agent contact, Artistic Administrator Greg Trupiano directly.




Winter 2018 Studio Artists 

ZHANNA ALKHAZOVA
soprano
Moscow, Russia
Studio Artist
Sarasota Opera debut

ANNIE CHESTER
mezzo-soprano
Cleveland, Ohio
Studio Artist
A Castrato Manon Lescaut, Antonia Tiefland
2017 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist 

SEAN CHRISTENSEN
tenor
Fribourg, Switzerland
Studio Artist
Edmondo, The Dancing Master, The Lamplighter Manon Lescaut
Le Remendado Carmen
The Ron and Barbara Archbold Endowed Artist
2017 Winter Studio Artist
The Chevalier Dialogues des Carmélites
2016 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
The Notary Don Pasquale
 

CHELSEA DAVIDSON
soprano
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Studio Artist
Frasquita Carmen
Sarasota Opera debut

JAMES EDER
bass
Cleveland, Ohio
Studio Artist
Sarasota Opera debut

JARED A. GUEST
baritone
Lake Mary, Florida
Studio Artist
Moralès Carmen
2017 Winter & Fall Studio Artist
Baron Douphol La traviata

SAMUEL HALL
tenor
Columbus, Ohio
Studio Artist
2016 Winter Apprentice Artist

ANNA MANDINA
soprano
Kansas City, Missouri
Studio Artist
2017 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
Annina La traviata, A Handmaiden L’amore dei tre re

STEPHEN MARTIN
tenor
Rochester, Michigan
Studio Artist
2017 Fall Studio Artist
Gastone, Viscount of Letorieres La traviata 

THOMAS MASSEY
tenor
Tampa, Florida
Studio Artist
Flavio Norma
Sarasota Opera debut

PETER MORGAN
bass-baritone
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Studio Artist
A Naval Captain Manon Lescaut
2017 Winter Apprentice Artist
Thierry Dialogues des Carmélites

JOHN ALLEN NELSON
baritone
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Studio Artist
Sarasota Opera debut

DANIEL NOONE
tenor
Howell, New Jersey
Studio Artist
Sarasota Opera debut

LLOYD RESHARD
bass-baritone
Niceville, Florida
Studio Artist
2017 Fall Apprentice Artist

ANDREW SURRENA
tenor
Pleasanton, California
Studio Artist
Nando Tiefland
2017 Fall Alfredo La traviata
2016 Winter Apprentice Artist
A Messenger Aida, First Prisoner Fidelio
2014 Fall & 2015 Fall Apprentice Artist
2014 Winter Apprentice Artist (debut)

LARA MICHOLE TILLOTSON
mezzo-soprano
Dallas, Texas
Studio Artist
Rosalie Tiefland
2011 Winter Studio Artist
Mary Warren The Crucible

VINCENT TURREGANO
baritone
Alexandria, Louisiana
Studio Artist
Sarasota Opera debut

AURA VERUNI
soprano
Paris, France
Studio Artist
Pepa Tiefland
Sarasota Opera debut

NICOLE WOODWARD
mezzo-soprano
Quincy, Florida
Studio Artist
Mercédès Carmen,
Clotilde Norma
The Gabriel and Valerie Schmergel Endowed Artist
2017 Winter & Fall Apprentice Artist
Flora La traviata
Cio-Cio-San’s Aunt Madama Butterfly