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Development Contacts

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

Senior Development Officer:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

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

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

Read the latest Bradenton Opera Guild Newsletter here!   

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 2017 - 18: Meetings begin at 10:00 am at The IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador. Meetings are free.

September 20
October 18
November 15
December 13
January 17
February 21
March 21
April 18

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 20 La traviata
November 17 Manon Lescaut
December 15 Carmen
January 19 Norma
February 23 Tiefland


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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