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Celebrate National Opera Week with Sarasota Opera!

October 18, 2010

Patricia G. Horwell, Communications Officer
 (941) 366-8450 ext. 332

Sarasota Opera, the National Endowment for the Arts, and opera companies throughout the United States invite the community to celebrate the joy of opera during National Opera Week, October 29 to November 7.
Sarasota’s activities will include the following:
• The Opening Night performance of La Cenerentola, Rossini’s version of Cinderella on October 29. This comic masterpiece was last presented by Sarasota Opera in 1969 when it was staged at the Historic Asolo Theater. This is the opera’s first performance at the Sarasota Opera House. Audience favorites Heather Johnson as La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Sean Anderson as Dandini (not a fairy godmother, but a philosopher), and Stefano de Peppo as Don Magnifico (her stepfather) will join tenor Hak Soo Kim who makes his debut as Prince Ramiro. Get ready to laugh out loud as you watch and listen to this classic musical story unfold. Sarasota Opera Artistic Director Victor Derenzi will conduct the Sarasota Orchestra. The opera runs through November 10 and tickets begin at $19. Call the Box Office at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1; stop in at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., or buy online at
• Thursdays at Noon. November 4. This popular intimate community concert features Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artists who will perform a variety of arias, duets and choruses from operas, operetta and Broadway in the atrium of the beau¬tifully restored 1926 Opera House. Tickets are nominal at $5. Seating is limited. Victoria Leopold Grand Atrium of the Sarasota Opera House. Call the Box Office at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1; stop in at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., or buy online at
• First Friday Palm Avenue Art Walk. November 5. Apprentice and Studio Artists will perform several short sets of opera arias and duets throughout the evening at Art to Walk On, 64 S. Palm Avenue, where we are collaborating with Sarasota Ballet, and at Galleria Silecchia, 20 S. Palm Avenue. The event is free and will run from about 7 to 9 p.m.
• Sarasota Youth Opera will hold its annual Bring-a-Friend Career Day. November 6. Always well attended by our young singers, their parents, and their friends, participants will be treated to a per¬formance by some of our Apprentice Artists, who also will speak about their own careers and careers in opera, and answer their questions. A meet-and-greet session with the singers and staff will follow. The event is free and will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Jonas Kamlet Library of the Sarasota Opera House. Enter through the Box Office under the green awning. Please call (941) 366-8450, ext. 545 or email with the number attending.
In addition to special events, National Opera Week honors the outstanding careers of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors recipients: Soprano Martina Arroyo, General Director David DiChiera, Composer Philip Glass, and Music Director Eve Queler. Anyone may join the National Opera Week conversation on Twitter with #OperaWeek.