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Sarasota Opera receives grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice

May 2, 2011

Samuel Lowry 

(941) 328-1322


Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Opera is the fortunate recipient of a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice in the amount of $30,000.  The specific purpose of the grant is to expand a pilot touring program in line with the Sarasota Opera’s mission to reach out beyond Sarasota County and introduce opera to new people in new locations while, simultaneously, generating new revenue and increasing Sarasota Opera’s subscriber base.  Funds will specifically be used for extended artist and technical staff contract hours, transportation expenses, costs of additional administrative support in Naples, and marketing.  The grant was awarded at a meeting attended by Executive Director Susan Danis on Tuesday, April 26, at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation office in Venice. 

“Touring is expensive,” says Sarasota Opera Executive Director Susan Danis. “Contracted fees don’t cover all the expenses incurred by undertaking a tour.  We are grateful to Gulf Coast Community Foundation for recognizing the return on investment of this project, including new audience exposure for Sarasota Opera and longer contracts for our performers, musicians, and crew.  It also allows the Naples community to experience high-quality opera partnered with their wonderful orchestra.”

In November of 2010, Sarasota Opera was contracted by the Naples Philharmonic to bring its production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola to Naples for one performance.  Immediately after the curtain dropped on the final performance in Sarasota, the singers, stage crew, sets and props were loaded up and transported down to Naples for two days of rehearsals and one performance.  The reception by the Naples audience was so overwhelming that not only did CEO Myra Daniels have faith the second contracted performance of La bohème, performed on March 25th, would be an equal success but negotiations for two more performances the following season were put in place.  The 2011 fall production, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, will travel to Naples on November 13, 2011 and our 2012 Winter Festival is scheduled to open with a performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Naples on February 7, 2012.


About Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice inspires people and mobilizes resources to transform the communities it serves. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in late 1995 and, since it began making grants in 1996, has funded more than $115 million in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, education, civic affairs, and the environment. Gulf Coast is the largest community foundation in Florida.