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Development Contacts

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

Associate Director of Development:
Claire Ryan
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Corporate and Special Events Officer:
Michael Ayres
941-366-8450, ext. 402

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

Development Assistant:
Elizabeth Valkanas
941-366-8450, ext. 231

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

Manatee Opera Guild

Contact Info

Jeanne Yeagle
Phone: (941) 75507426


Read the latest Manatee (formerly Bradenton) Opera Guild Newsletter here! 

Manatee (formerly 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 to foster appreciation
    of music, especially opera.

General Meetings

Meetings begin at 10:30 at the IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador.  We enjoy coffee and conversation beginning at 10:00.  Meetings are free and open to the public.  Each meeting showcases talent from Sarasota Opera. Please join us!

Meeting dates for 2018-2019:  

September 19
October 17
November 14
December 12
January 16
February 20
March 13
April 17


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 18 - Rigoletto

November 15 - La boheme

December 13 - Romeo and Juliet

January 17 - The Elixir of Love

February 21 - La Wally


Manatee Opera Guild is proud to support young singers from the Sarasota Opera Studio Artists Program and the Sarasota Youth Opera members from Manatee County with awards to help them advance their operatic careers.  


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

Why Join the Manatee 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 Manatee 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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