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Victor DeRenzi conducts his 500th Sarasota Opera Performance

February 9, 2009 11:00 AM

Contact: Richard Russell, Director of Marketing
(941) 366-8450 x 245

Patricia Horwell, Communications Officer
(941) 366-8450 x 332

Sarasota, FL – On Sunday, February 15th at 1:30 Victor DeRenzi will give the downbeat for Puccini’s Tosca which will be the 500th performance that he has conducted for Sarasota Opera.

DeRenzi made his debut as the company’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor on December 17, 1982, with Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. At that time the company was called Asolo Opera and performed in what is now called the Historic Asolo Theatre on the grounds of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. The following season the company moved to the newly-opened Sarasota Opera House and changed its name to Sarasota Opera.

In DeRenzi’s 27 seasons with Sarasota Opera he has conducted 47 different operas by 15 different composers, conducting at least two productions a season.  Known internationally for his championship of the works of composer Giuseppe Verdi, he has conducted twenty-five different Verdi operas at Sarasota Opera, as well as the Manzoni Requiem. As part of the company’s continuing Verdi Cycle, begun in 1989, he will eventually have conducted every one of Verdi’s works including all alternative versions of operas and all of his non-operatic output.

The February 15th matinee of Tosca is currently sold out; however there are nine additional performances through March 29. This season Maestro DeRenzi is also conducting Verdi’s Don Carlos for Sarasota Opera, which opens on March 7 and will have seven performances through March 28. Tickets are available at the Sarasota Opera Box Office, (941) 366-8450, ext. 1 or online at