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October 27, 2011

Sam Lowry


Communications Officer

941.328.1322 or

Sarasota Opera is Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!


Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Opera will be hosting its 2nd Annual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, November 8th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House.  Representatives from every department of Sarasota Opera, administrative to production, will be on hand to discuss one-on-one all the exciting volunteer opportunities that are available at Sarasota Opera.  From ushering and working in the costume shop to shuttling artists and working in the administrative offices… volunteers play a crucial role in the day to day success of Sarasota Opera.  No matter where your interest lies, there is an opportunity for you!  Volunteers with advanced computer skills are particularly welcome. 


I nterested?  Then join us on November 8th at the Sarasota Opera House to learn how you can be a part of the opera!  For more information, please call Amanda Segur, Volunteer Coordinator at (941) 366-8450, ext. 243.      


What:                    2 nd Annual Sarasota Opera Volunteer Fair

When:                   Tuesday, November 8 th , 2011 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where:                  Sarasota Opera House

                                61 North Pineapple Avenue

                                Sarasota, FL 34236



Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera just finished its 52 nd season. In 1960 the company began presenting chamber-sized repertoire in the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979 and first performing in it in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House. The theater has just undergone a $20-million renovation and rehabilitation enhancing audience amenities, while updating the technical facilities including increasing the size of the orchestra pit. The theater, which reopened in March 2008, has been called “one of America’s finest venues for opera” by Musical America.

Since 1983 the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi. Since then the company has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as the Verdi Cycle producing the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi. Recognizing the importance of training, Maestro DeRenzi founded the Apprentice Artist and Studio Artist programs. Sarasota Opera also maintains a commitment to education through its Invitation to Opera performances for local schools and the unique Sarasota Youth Opera program.


The 2011-2012 season will feature Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in the fall. The 2012 Winter Festival will include Bizet’s Carmen (opéra-comique version with spoken dialogue), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi’s Otello, and Barber’s Vanessa. Subscriptions are on sale by calling (941) 328-1300 or visiting the Sarasota Opera Box Office. Single tickets went on sale August 1st online ( ) and September 1st in the Box Office.


Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.

Sarasota Opera 61 N. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236    

(941) 366-8450