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Development Contacts

Director of Development:
Stacy Ridenour
941-366-8450, ext. 246

Development Officer:
Stephen Fancher
941-366-8450, ext. 231

Executive and Development Assistant:
Jane Levy
941-366-8450 ext. 538

Senior Manager, Special Events & Sponsorship:
Jennifer Simms
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Campaign and Database Officer:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Individual Giving Administrator:
Brenda Tamm
941-366-8450, ext. 250

Sarasota Opera
Development Department
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Bradenton Opera Guild

Contact Info

Richard DeGennaro
Phone: (941) 358-5660

BOG Newsletter  


Bradenton Opera Guild is a nonprofit organization that fosters the appreciation of opera in Manatee County. Our objectives are:

  • To raise funds for the Sarasota Opera Association.
  • To promote knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community.
  • To encourage and assist aspiring young opera singers.
  • To present programs, open to the public, and fostering appreciation
    of music, especially opera.

General Meetings

Meeting dates for 2016 - 17: Meetings begin at 10:30 am at IMG Academies Gold and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, FL 34210. Coffee is available at 10 am. Meetings are free.

September 14
October 19
November 16
December 14
January 18
February 15
March 15
April 19

Bel Canto

A newsletter, the Bel Canto, is published monthly to keep members informed on news about the guild, information about coming events at Sarasota Opera and in the community.


Learn more about this season's operas at our Prelude Series, given by opera experts at 10 am, Westminster Towers, 1522 4th Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205. $5.00 at the door – no reservations needed. Light refreshments at 9:30 am.

October 21 Don Pasquale
November 18 Madama Butterfly
December 16 The Italian Girl in Algiers
January 20 Dialogues of the Caremelites
February 17 The Love of Three Kings


Bradenton Opera Guild generously gives scholarships to outstanding Sarasota Opera performers and to Sarasota Youth Opera members from Manatee County to assist them in their pursuit of operatic careers. Scholarship funds are generated through contributions of Guild members and proceeds from events.


Many exciting  events  are available to members and guests throughout the year. Click  here  for full details.

Why Join the Bradenton Opera Guild?

We love opera, and enjoy supporting Sarasota Opera. Our monthly meetings give us the opportunity to hear the wonderful singers of Sarasota Opera in a more intimate space, and to get to know the singers personally. In opera we hear the power and glory of the human voice, singing memorable melodies, and whenever members of Bradenton Opera Guild get together, we have fun.

Membership Year:       June through May
Regular Member:         Individual: $40.00        Couple: $60.00
Sustaining Member:     Individual: $50.00        Couple: $70.00

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