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Sarasota Youth Opera to Present The Black Spider

March 24, 2010

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

Sarasota Youth Opera will present British composer Judith Weir’s The Black Spider on Friday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theater of the Sarasota Opera House.
 The Black Spider deftly weaves two stories together – a 15th-century story by Jeremias Gotthelf about an evil spider that spreads plague and pestilence throughout the land; and a 1983 newspaper account of a deadly virus the struck site workers and archeologists excavating the tomb of Casimir IV in 1970s Cracow, Poland.
 The work was commissioned by Kent Opera in Ashford, England. Sarasota Youth Opera first performed it in 1999.
 Sarasota Youth Opera productions are professionally staged, directed, costumed, and performed with orchestra. Martha Collins will direct The Black Spider. She previously directed Giovanna d’Arco in Sarasota Opera’s 2010 Winter Festival season and La traviata during the Opera’s Fall 2009 season. She has also directed Sarasota Youth Opera productions of The Hobbit and The Second Hurricane. Sets are designed by Lino Toyos, with costumes by B.G. FitzGerald, and lighting by Sarasota Opera’s resident lighting designer Ken Yunker. Maestro Lance Inouye will conduct the orchestra. The work will be sung in English. In addition, supertitles (simultaneous English translations) will be projected above the stage.
 Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students; and $50 for a family-pack that includes up to two adults and four students. They are available at the Box Office, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, in the Pavilion Building adjacent to the Opera House; by calling (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, or online at