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November 2, 2011

Samuel Lowry, Communications Officer

 Sarasota Opera Celebrates National Opera Week
Friday, October 28 – Sunday, November 6


Sarasota, FL — Sarasota Opera is proud to join dozens of other opera organizations nationwide to celebrate National Opera Week (October 28 – November 6), coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, with support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


National Opera Week celebrates the vibrancy of opera in America today, and brings the inventiveness and excitement of opera to a national audience. The strength and diversity of established opera companies, community opera ensembles and opera training programs across the United States will be shared through free, dynamic activities designed to engage novices, opera lovers and everyone in between.


“From behind-the-scenes tours to enlightening performance talks to Twitter contests and more, there is something for everyone during National Opera Week,” states Marc A. Scorca, president & CEO of OPERA America. “National Opera Week draws attention to the creativity and dynamism that propels our field today. We are proud to highlight this depth of opera activity across the United States.”


National Opera Week Activities:

Friday, November 4th - During the First Friday Palm Avenue Art Walk, all the galleries and many of the shops along South Palm Avenue remain open late for shoppers and browsers. Many merchants offer light bites and complimentary wine tastings. Sarasota Opera singers will perform several short sets of opera arias and duets throughout the evening. For more information, visit or


Sunday, November 6th - Sarasota Opera will partner with the 4th Annual Sarasota Chalk Festival to present excerpts from Madama Butterfly on an outdoor stage with sets created in chalk by world-renowned chalk designer and artist Michael Kirby. There will be three 1-hour presentations at 11am, 3pm and 8pm, and each presentation will consist of scenes from Madama Butterfly performed by Sarasota Opera artists. For more information, visit or


National Opera Week was launched with the NEA Opera Honors award ceremony on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. For the first time, this event was available worldwide through a live webcast that also was archived after the event and is now accessible at The NEA Opera Honors is the nation’s highest award in opera and recognizes outstanding artists for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the excellence and perpetuation of opera in America. This year’s honorees are stage designer John Conklin, general director Speight Jenkins, mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens and composer Robert Ward. The October 27 award ceremony and live webcast will feature video tributes, guest performances from artists such as tenor Lawrence Brownlee and mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, and an onstage conversation with the honorees. For additional information, visit


For more information about National Opera Week events around the country, please visit Join the National Opera Week conversation on Twitter with #OperaWeek.


Sarasota Opera National Opera Week Event Details

First Friday Art Walk on Palm Avenue

South Palm Avenue between Main Street and McAnsh Square
Sarasota, FL
Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.


Sarasota Chalk Festival and Sarasota Opera will present scenes from Madama Butterfly
South Pineapple Avenue and Dolphin Street
Sarasota, FL
Sunday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.



Additional press contact:
For OPERA America/National Opera Week: Patricia Kiernan Johnson, 212-796-8620, ext. 217,