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Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists Take Center Stage

February 18, 2009

Richard Russell, Director of Marketing
(941) 366-8450, ext. 245
Patricia G. Horwell, Communications Officer
(941) 366-8450, ext. 332

In March, Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists will take center stage in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theater of the Sarasota Opera House when they move into principal solo roles for two engaging performances of staged operatic excerpts.
Apprentice Artists in Opera Scenes will be presented on Tuesday, March 17 at 8 p.m. and Friday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. Scenes will be sung in their original languages. Selections that are not in English will have simulataneous translations projected above the stage.
The March 17 performance will include excerpts from Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti, La bohème and The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini, Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd, Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, and The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
On March 27, selections will include La Cenerentola by Gioacchino Rossini, Eugene Onegin by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Vanessa by Samuel Barber, Faust by Charles Gounod, and Falstaff by Verdi.
The singers in the Apprentice Artists Program undergo an intense period of professional training and performance. Sarasota Opera’s program, recognized as one of the finest in the nation, provides participants with intensive music, dramatic and language coaching; master classes; and the opportunity to perform small roles on the main stage, as well as performing leading roles in the scenes programs. The artists also serve as chorus for the main stage productions, which this year are Puccini’s Tosca, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, and Verdi’s Don Carlos. The Program and Music Director of the Apprentice Artists Program is Roger L. Bingaman.
Tickets, at $12 each, are available in the Sarasota Opera House Box Office, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota or by calling (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, or visiting