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Photos from A Taste of Downtown Food and Wine Festival 
By Sarasota Magazine
September 13, 2014
http://sarasotamagazine.com/blog/2014/09/15/taste-downtown/

Photos from A Taste of Downtown Food and Wine Festival 
By Heather Merriman
September 13, 2014
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/0914201436103/PHOTO-GALLERY-A-Taste-of-Downtown

Photos from A Taste of Downtown Food and Wine Festival 
Photos by Carina Lora
September 13, 2014
http://www.bradenton.com/2014/09/15/5360211_click-a-taste-of-downtown-food.html?rh=1

Sarasota Youth Opera Camp Shows Kids the Art of Performing 
By John Scalzi
May 23, 2014
http://www.mysuncoast.com/entertainment/music/sarasota-youth-opera-camp-shows-kids-the-art-of-performing/article_b22bdcde-e1d1-11e3-9833-0017a43b2370.html

Life After Verdi: Opera Gives DeRenzi 10 More Years
By Carrie Seidman
May 21, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-05-21/featured/life-verdi-opera-give-derenzi-10-years/

Big Plans at the Sarasota Opera
By John Woodruff
May 20, 2014
http://video.heraldtribune.com/video/3578470686001#gsc.tab=0

Sarasota Opera Stays True to Composer with Verdi Bill
By William Littler
April 11, 2014
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2014/04/11/sarasota_opera_stays_true_to_composer_with_verdi_bill.html

Verdi Champions Chorus Case for His Early Operas
By Lawrence B. Johnson
March 19, 2014
http://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2014/03/19/report-sarasota-opera-symposium-on-early-verdi-operas/

Sarasota Opera's Verdi Project Sets the Standard with 'Jerusalem'
By Roy Dicks
March 18, 2014
http://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2014/03/18/sarasota-operas-verdi-project-sets-the-standard-with-jerusalem/

Review: Rare 'Jerusalem' Stands Out at Sarasota Opera
By John Fleming
March 14, 2014
http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/stage/onward-christian-soldiers/2170258

Classical Music: Rare Verdi, Rarefied Performance
By Arthur Kaptainis
March 14, 2014
http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Classical+Music+Rare+Verdi+rarefied+performance/9618333/story.html 

New Directions: Opera Performers find Different Outlets When the Singing Stops 
By Jay Handelman
March 14, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-03-14/featured/new-directions-opera-performers-find-different-outlets-singing-stops/

Classical Music: Rare Verdi, Rarefied Performance
By Arthur Kaptainis
March 14, 2014
http://www.montrealgazette.com/Classical+Music+Rare+Verdi+rarefied+performance+Sarasota+Opera/9618333/story.html

Sarasota Opera Generating International Buzz
By Linda Carson
March 12, 2014
http://www.mysuncoast.com/entertainment/music/sarasota-opera-generating-international-buzz/article_85a30da8-aa19-11e3-ac77-001a4bcf6878.html

Review: Sarasota Jerusalem puts Sharp Accent on Revised Verdi
By Arthur Kaptainis
March 12, 2014
http://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2014/03/12/review-verdi-jerusalem-sarasota-opera/

Opera Review: 'Jerusalem', Sarasota Opera, Florida - Review
By George Loomis
March 11, 2014
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/80f9064a-a87a-11e3-b50f-00144feab7de.html#axzz2vgVuySvD

Opera Review: Sarasota Opera Makes Powerful Case for Verdi's 'Jerusalem'
By Lawrence A. Johnson
March 11, 2014
http://theclassicalreview.com/2014/03/sarasota-opera-makes-a-powerful-case-for-verdis-jerusalem/

Review: Sarasota Opera Serves up Rollicking Rossini with an Inspired Barber
By Lawrence A. Johnson
March 9, 2014
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2014/03/sarasota-opera-serves-up-rollicking-rossini-with-an-inspired-barber/

Opera Review: 'Jerusalem' Overlooked, but Stands Proudly on its Own
By Gayle Williams
March 9, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-03-09/uncategorized/opera-review-jerusalem-overlooked-stands-proudly/

Review: Sarasota Opera 'Trovatore' Eventually Sparks Verdian Fire
By Lawrence A. Johnson
March 9, 2014
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2014/03/sarasota-operas-trovatore-eventually-sparks-verdian-fire/

Sarasota Opera Exhibits Costumes and Sketches of Verdi Operas
By Jay Handelman
March 8, 2014
http://galleries.ticketsarasota.com/default.aspx?id=368336#/0

Sarasota Verdi Crusade Advances with Jerusalem
By John Fleming
March 6, 2014
http://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2014/03/06/sarasotas-verdi-crusade-advances-with-jerusalem/

Sarasota Opera Stages Rare Verdi Opera set in the Middle Ages
By John Fleming
March 6, 2014
http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/stage/sarasota-opera-stages-rare-verdi-opera-set-in-the-middle-ages/2168961

Opera Review: Dutchman Offers Excellent Theater at Sarasota Opera
By Gayle Williams
March 5, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-03-05/section/opera-review-dutchman-offers-excellent-theater-at-sarasota-opera/

Music Review: Sarasota Opera's 'The Flying Dutchman'
By June LeBell
March 2, 2014
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/diversions/A-and-E/0302201432630/MUSIC-REVIEW-Sarasota-Operas-The-Flying-Dutchman

Behind the Scenes: Sarasota Opera's 'The Flying Dutchman'
By Linda Carson
February 28, 2014
http://www.mysuncoast.com/videos/local_news/behind-the-scenes-of-sarasota-opera-s-flying-dutchman/html_15e97547-9e1d-519e-bd1d-f847d57813ea.html

Sarasota Opera Presents 'The Flying Dutchman' 
By Linda Carson
February 28, 2014
http://www.mysuncoast.com/community/suncoast_scene/sarasota-opera-presents-the-flying-dutchman/article_455d682a-a0c2-11e3-83d5-0017a43b2370.html

Extreme Makeover... Verdi Style
By Carrie Seidman
February 28, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-02-28/featured/extreme-makeover-verdi-style/

Partnership with the Sarasota Opera has Students Singing a New Tune
By Dr. Brianne L. Reck
February 26, 2014
http://usfsm.edu/blog/blog-partnership-with-the-sarasota-opera-has-students-singing-a-new-tune/

Spotlight: Kevin Short Champions Sarasota Opera Casting Process
By Mallory Gnaegy
February 26, 2014
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/A-and-E/0226201432502/Spotlight-Kevin-Short-champions-Sarasota-Operas-ca

From Student to Star
By Carrie Seidman
February 21, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-02-21/featured/from-student-to-star/

Opera Review: 'Barber of Seville' is Brilliant Entertainment
By Gayle Williams
February 19, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-02-19/section/opera-review-barber-of-seville-is-brilliant-entertainment/

Music Review: Sarasota Opera 'The Barber of Seville'
By June LeBell
February 16, 2014
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/diversions/A-and-E/0216201432301/MUSIC-REVIEW-Sarasota-Opera-The-Barber-of-Seville

Singers Return to 'Barber of Seville' Again and Again
By Jay Handelman
February 9, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-02-09/featured/singers-return-to-barber-of-seville-again-and-again/

Opera Review: 'Il trovatore': Solid, No Surprises
By Gayle Williams
February 9, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-02-09/section/opera-review-il-trpvatore-solid-no-surprises/ 

Sarasota Opera Opens Season with 'Il trovatore'
By Marty Clear
February 2, 2014
http://www.bradenton.com/2014/02/02/4967421/sarasota-opera-opens-season-with.html

Sarasota Opera Sticks to Tradition as it Launches a New Season
By Jay Handelman
January 31, 2014
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2014-01-31/featured/sarasota-opera-sticks-to-tradition-as-it-launches-a-new-season/

Reisetipps Sarasota: Floridas ruhiger Westen
By Tobias Sauer
January 2014
http://www.queer-travel.net/service/reisetipps-sarasota-floridas-ruhiger-westen.html

A New Sarasota: A Diverse Group of Young Adults is Redefining Our City
By Cooper Levey-Baker
January 3, 3014
http://sarasotamagazine.com/blog/2014/01/02/new-sarasota-diverse-group-young-adults-redefining-city/

Music Review: Sarasota Opera - The Verdi Concert
By June LeBell
April 3, 2013
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/A-and-E/0403201326045/Music-Review-Sarasota-Opera-The-Verdi-concert 

Harriet Heithaus review: 'Turandot' alchemy on Phil stage
By Harriet Howard Heithaus
March 28, 2013
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/mar/28/harriet-heithaus-review-turandot-alchemy-on-phil/ 

Music Review: Sarasota Opera's Verdi Concert overcomes inevitable obstacles 
By Richard Storm
March 25, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-03-25/section/review-sarasota-operas-verdi-concert-overcomes-inevitable-obstacles/

It ain't opera until the FIT lady sings
By Alix Redmonde
March 22, 2013
http://health.heraldtribune.com/2013/03/22/it-aint-opera-until-the-fit-lady-sings/ 

Brooklynites contribute to magical 'Turandot' at Sarasota Opera
By Nino Pantano
March 21, 2013
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/brooklynites-contribute-magical-turandot%E2%80%99-sarasota-opera-2013-03-21-161500 

Verdi's delightful "Un giorno" fit for a king at Sarasota Opera
By Lawrence Johnson
March 20, 2013
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2013/03/verdis-delightful-un-giorno-fit-for-a-king-at-sarasota-opera/

Sarasota Opera closes American Series with a devastating "Of Mice and Men"
By Lawrence Johnson
March 18, 2013
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2013/03/sarasota-opera-closes-its-american-series-with-a-devastating-of-mice-and-men/

Brenda Harris makes a memorable debut in Sarasota Opera's "Turandot"
By Lawrence Johnson
March 17, 2013
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2013/03/soprano-brenda-harris-makes-a-memorable-debut-in-sarasota-operas-turandot/

Behind the Scenes: Welcome surprises when you take a chance on operas
By Jay Handelman
March 17, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-03-17/featured/behind-the-scenes-welcome-surprises-when-you-take-a-chance-on-operas/

REVIEW: 'Of Mice and Men' moves opera audience
By Richard Storm
March 10, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-03-10/section/of-mice-and-men/ 

Sarasota Opera's "Un giorno di regno" is royally entertaining
By John Fleming
March 5, 2013
http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/music/sarasota-operas-un-giorno-di-regno-is-royally-entertaining/2107193

OPERA REVIEW: 'King for a Day' a clever, charming production
By Gayle Williams
March 4, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-03-04/section/opera-review-king-for-a-day-a-clever-charming-production/ 

Singing Steinbeck: Sarasota Opera stages 'Of Mice and Men'
By Jay Handelman
March 3, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-03-03/featured/singing-steinbeck-sarasota-opera-stages-of-mice-and-men/

A critically close look at a little-known Verdi opera
By Carrie Seidman
February 23, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-02-23/featured/a-critically-close-look-at-verdi/

And the winner is...
By Carrie Seidman
February 21, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-02-21/featured/and-the-winner-is/

REVIEW: 'Turandot' will elate audiences
By Gayle Williams
February 10, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-02-10/section/review-turandot-will-elate-audiences/

One opera, two hats
By Carrie Seidman
February 8, 2013
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2013-02-08/section/one-opera-two-hats/

Dogs audition for Sarasota Opera role
By Carrie Seidman
February 5, 2013
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20130205/ARTICLE/130209781/2416/NEWS

Music Review: Sarasota Youth Opera "Little Nemo in Slumberland"
By June LeBell
November 14, 2012
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/diversions/A-and-E/1114201222981/Music-Review-Sarasota-Youth-Opera-Little-Nemo-in-S 

Opera Review: 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' has a timeless appeal
By Gayle Williams
November 12, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-11-12/section/opera-review-little-nemo-in-slumberland-has-a-timeless-appeal/

Creating 'Nemo': The Making of an original youth opera
By Carrie Seidman
November 4, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-11-04/featured/creating-nemo-the-making-of-an-original-youth-opera/

Music Review: Sarasota Opera: 'Rigoletto'
By June LeBell
November 2, 2012
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/A-and-E/1031201222668/Music-Review-Sarasota-Opera-Rigoletto

Sarasota Youth Opera to premiere "Little Nemo in Slumberland"
By Mallory Gnaegy
November 2, 2012
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/diversions/A-and-E/1102201222782/Sarasota-Youth-Opera-to-premier-new-opera-Little-N

Open dance auditions for Sarasota Opera's "The Pearl Fishers"
By Carrie Seidman
Published October 30, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-10-30/section/dance/open-dance-auditions-for-sarasota-operas-the-pearl-fishers/

REVIEW: Sarasota Opera opens with impactful 'Rigoletto'
By Gayle Williams
Published October 28, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-10-27/section/review-sarasota-opera-opens-with-impactful-rigoletto/

Backstage Pass: The Beaded Lady
By Mallory Gnaegy
Published October 24, 2012
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/diversions/A-and-E/1024201222522/BACKSTAGE-PASS-The-Beaded-Lady

Sarasota Opera opens fall season with return of Verdi's 'Rigoletto'
By Wade Tatangelo
Published October 21, 2012
http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/21/4245510/sarasota-opera-opens-fall-season.html

From tomato paste to Doritos: "Rigoletto" aria a popular refrain
By Carrie Seidman
Published October 18, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-10-18/featured/from-tomato-paste-to-doritos-rigoletto-aria-a-popular-refrain/

Richard Russell returns to Sarasota Opera as executive director
By Carrie Seidman
Published September 19, 2012
http://arts.heraldtribune.com/2012-09-19/featured/richard-russell-returns-to-sarasota-opera-as-executive-director/

From the light into darkness
By Rachel Brown Hackney
Published March 9, 2011
http://www.pelicanpressonline.com/afterhours/features/117658299.html

Sarasota Opera announces 2011-12 season
By Wade Tatangelo
Published March 6, 2011
http://heraldbuzzworthy.blogspot.com/2011/03/sarasota-opera-announces-2011-12.html

Sarasota Opera season heavy on favorites
By Jay Handelman
Published March 6, 2011
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2011-03-06/section/arts/sarasota-opera-season-heavy-on-favorites

‘Crucible’: Sarasota Opera with an American flavor 
By Jay Handelman
Published February 27, 2011
http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2011-02-27/section/arts/crucible-sarasota-opera-with-an-american-flavor

Any Verdi is good in Sarasota 
By John Fleming
Published February 23, 2011
http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/any-verdi-is-good-in-sarasota/1153279

Sarasota Opera tackles epic 'I Lombardi'
By Jay Handelman
Published February 20, 2011

http://www.ticketsarasota.com/2011-02-20/section/arts/sarasota-opera-tackles-epic-i-lombardi

Mozart's darkest has strong score 
By Carrie Seidman
Published February 10, 2011
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110210/ARTICLE/102101013

Crafting the layers of love and loss 
By Rachel Hackney
Published on February 3, 2011
http://www.pelicanpressonline.com/afterhours/features/115213414.html

Sarasota launches season with La bohème
By Wade Tatangelo
Published on February 3, 2011
http://www.bradenton.com/2011/02/03/2926022/best-of-stage-sarasota-opera-launches.html

La bohème at Sarasota Opera 
By John Fleming
Published online February 2, in print February 3, 2011
http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/article1149095.ece

The Ubiquitous La bohème
By Carrie Seidman
Published January 30, 2011
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110130/ARTICLE/101301017 

Sarasota Opera presents programs around The Crucible
By Jay Handelman
Published January 6, 2011
http://aande.blogs.heraldtribune.com/13766/sarasota-opera-plans-programs-around-the-crucible/

Music Review: Operatic Preview
By June LeBell
Published January 5, 2011
http://www.yourobserver.com/news/longboat-key/A-and-E/010520119551/MUSIC-REVIEW-Operatic-Preview 

7 Black Tie Events to Attend in 2011
By Stephanie Hannum
Published January 5, 2011
http://www.yourobserver.com/gallery.html?id=1300

Opera adds American Classics program
By Pelican Press Staff
Published December 29, 2010
http://www.pelicanpressonline.com/afterhours/artsbriefs/112613254.html 

Arts leaders participate in roundtable talk
By Jay Handelman and Susan L. Rife
Published December 12, 2010
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101212/ARTICLE/12121014

From 'pants roles' to ball gowns
By Rachel Hackney
Published November 3, 2010
http://www.pelicanpressonline.com/afterhours/features/106619238.html

No glass slipper in this Cinderella 
By Carrie Seidman
Published October 24, 2010
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101024/ARTICLE/10241042

Sarasota Opera casts Rossini's 'Cinderella' 
By Jay Handelman
Published July 2, 2010
http://aande.blogs.heraldtribune.com/12571/sarasota-opera-casts-rossinis-cinderella/

Sarasota Opera adds Naples Performances
By Jay Handelman
Published March 22, 2010
http://aande.blogs.heraldtribune.com/11479/sarasota-opera-adds-naples-performances/ 

Sarasota Opera to launch American opera series in 2011
By Lawrence A. Johnson
Published March 10, 2010
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2010/03/sarasota-opera-to-launch-american-opera-series-in-2011/ 

Sarasota Opera will stage 'The Crucible'
By John Fleming
Published  February 9, 2010
http://blogs.tampabay.com/arts/2010/02/sarasota-opera-will-stage-the-crucible.html 

Sarasota Opera plays 'Magic Flute'
By Abby Weingarten
Published February 7, 2010
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100207/ARTICLE/2071007 

Sarasota Opera sticks with proven favorites to get through hard times
By Jay Handelman
Published January 31, 2010
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100131/ARTICLE/1311014 

Grand Scale
Don Carlos takes advantage of opera houses expanded orchestra pit
By Jay Handelman
Published March 1, 2009 http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090301/ARTICLE/902270216 

Verdi's 'Requiem' and 'Don Carlos' this weekendGiuseppe Verdi always thought big. He would appreciate this weekend's veritable feast for Verdi lovers: the Requiem — with the massive Master Chorale of Tampa Bay — by the Florida Orchestra, and a rare performance of Don Carlos by the Sarasota Opera.
By John Fleming, Published March 5, 2009
http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/article981010.ece 

This opera feels close to home for title character 
During his opera career, Benjamin Warschawski has played all sorts of people, from a young man falsely accused of murder in "I due Foscari" to a peasant in "Halka" and an artist in "Tosca."
By Jay Handelman Published: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090215/ARTICLE/902150314/2072/FEATURES?Title=This_opera_feels_close__to_home_for__title_character

Opera finds a recipe for love
In years past, Mara Bonde has sung the role of Adina in "The Elixir of Love," but she doesn't think it counts as she prepares to return to the role Saturday night at the Sarasota Opera. Published February 8, 2009 http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090208/ARTICLE/902080307

Opera sounds wash over you in golden anniversary season (with video)
Love, comedy and tragedy. It’s not just life, it’s opera.
After the successful launch of its new fall program, the Sarasota Opera continues its 50th anniversary season this winter with operas that will attract new and old patrons alike.

History of the Sarasota Operas repertoire
At the Asolo Theatre 1960 La bohème Giacomo Puccini LHeure Espagnole Maurice Ravel Così fan tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Der Schauspieldirektor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1961 Le nozze di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dido and... Published February 2, 2009 http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090202/ARTICLE/902020291

New stars join Sarasota Opera revival of "Tosca"
Though the Sarasota Opera is reviving its popular 2004 production of Puccinis Tosca, audiences should expect a different experience. Published February 2, 2009 http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20090202/ARTICLE/902020289 

Sarasota Opera celebrates 50 years
From humble start, company builds to operatic blockbusters

Grand Overture 
By Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Sarasota, FL - November 2, 2008.
To the musical cry of “Figaro, Figaro, Fee-gah-roh,” the Sarasota Opera opens a new chapter in its history Friday night with its first full production staged in the fall.

Ned Rorem unable to complete Sarasota Youth Opera commission
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
The 84-year-old Rorem has notified the Sarasota Opera that he will be unable to complete his work on “Little Nemo,” based on the early 20th-century Winsor ...

Sarasota Youth Opera camp teaches all aspects of opera...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - Jun 30, 2008
This was the last day of the three week camp hosted at the Sarasota Opera House. Students learned all aspects of opera, including music theory, ...

Opera House revamped from foundation to roof
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Feb. 24, 2008
April was not a good month for the construction crews rushing to meet a tight deadline in the $20 million renovation of the historic Sarasota Opera House.

Love and money drive Sarasota Opera success
Sarasota Herald-Triubne -Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008
Any story about opera is ultimately a story both about money and about the one thing in all the world it is said that money cannot buy — love.