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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

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

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

Grants Officer:
Betsy Dane
941-366-8450, ext. 253

Executive & Development Assistant:
Brenda Tamm
941-366-8450, ext. 538

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

Bradenton Opera Guild

Contact Info

Richard DeGennaro
Phone: (941) 794-6569

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

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, September through April at the El Conquistador Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton, Florida, 34209. Coffee is served at 10 a.m. followed by a brief business meeting and musical program at 10:30 a.m. An optional lunch takes place at the conclusion of the meeting. Lunch reservations, at $20 per person, can be made by calling Cathy Beard at (843) 860-4209.

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.


Preludes familiarize members and guests with the operas to be presented in the upcoming season. Refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m., with the presentation beginning promptly at 10. Preludes are held at Westminster Shores, 1700 3rd Avenue W, Bradenton 34205. Each prelude is $5.00, and no reservations are required.


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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