Something for Everyone at Sarasota Opera Open House
January 5, 2010
Patricia Horwell, Communications Officer, (941) 366-8450, ext. 332
Sarasota Opera invites the community to join in the fun at its free Open House featuring children’s activities, Sarasota Opera ensemble performances, Youth Opera performances, backstage tours, exhibits, and refreshments, on Sunday, January 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at its historic Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, in downtown Sarasota.
During that afternoon, visitors will enjoy opera, operetta, and musical theater selections, performed throughout the building and in the courtyard by artists from Sarasota Opera’s Winter Opera Festival and by the Youth Opera choruses. Activities for children will be held in the Youth Opera Room. Stephanie Sundine, director of Sarasota Opera’s productions of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci will be on hand to talk about the upcoming production. Wig and makeup designer Georgianna Eberhard and resident costume designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan will host demonstrations of their art.
Attendees will be able to take self-guided tours of the Opera House. Backstage tours will also be given. There will be ticket giveaways and special tickets offers will also be available. Free refreshments will be provided by a variety of local restaurants. All attendees will also receive a free gift.
Sarasota Opera will open the 2010 Winter Festival on February 6 with Cavalleria rusticana/
Pagliacci by Mascagni and Leoncavallo respectively. Other operas to be performed in repertory during the Festival, which runs through March 21, are Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco. Tickets are available now at the Box Office in the Deane Allyn Pavilion of the Sarasota Opera House, by phone at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, or online at www.sarasotaopera.org. The box office is open Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through January 23 and daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., January 25 through March 21 and through the first intermission on performance evenings in the Lobby Box Office. The Lobby Box Office in the Opera House will also be open during the January 17 Open House.