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July 27, 2012

Contact:  Samuel Lowry  
(941) 328-1322

Single Tickets for the 2012-2013 Festival Season go on Sale Online August 1st

Sarasota, FL – Single tickets go on sale online at to the general public Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 for Sarasota Opera’s 2012-2013 Fall and Winter Festival seasons, the company’s 54th consecutive season.  Sarasota Opera continues its tradition of assembling casts of international talent to perform a mixture of classic favorites paired with rarely performed works of artistic excellence in the beautiful historic Sarasota Opera House.                 

The fall 2012 season opens with the return of the acclaimed Sarasota Opera production of Verdi’s Rigoletto (Oct. 26 – Nov. 12), last seen in 2008 as the
opera chosen to commemorate the re-opening of the newly renovated Sarasota Opera House.  Interspersed between the final two performances of Rigoletto 
will be the Sarasota Youth Opera world premiere of their fifth commissioned opera Little Nemo in Slumberland (Nov. 10 – 11), music by Daron Hagen and
story by J.D. McClatchy. 

Opening the 2013 Winter Festival on February 9th will be Giacomo Puccini’s vocally extravagant Turandot , the largest production ever mounted at Sarasota Opera.  Immediately following will be Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers , Verdi’s second opera A King for a Day (the 29th installment of Sarasota Opera’s ongoing Verdi Cycle) and Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men (the third opera presented in the company’s ongoing American Classics Series).  The Winter Festival will close on March 24th with The Verdi Concert: Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi featuring Sarasota Opera soloists, chorus and orchestra conducted by Maestro Victor DeRenzi. 

Additional concerts available for ticket purchase will be the Apprenctice & Studio Artists Concert: Verdi’s Times on March 8, 2013 and the Artists Choice Concert on March 17, 2013.  Also available will be Sarasota Opera’s ongoing lecture series entitled Meet the Artists where patrons are offered an insider’s perspective as Maestro DeRenzi interviews the singers, directors and designers of all 6 of the Sarasota Opera productions. 

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our matinee performances, Sarasota Opera will continue to offer weekday matinees during the fall and winter season
for specific performances of Rigoletto, Turandot and The Pearl Fishers.  All matinee performances begin at 1:30pm.  Check or call the box office for specific dates. 

And patrons travel from around the world for Sarasota Opera’s “Opera Lovers’ Weekend”!  Perfect for those with a tighter travel schedule, Sarasota Opera offers three consecutive weekends in March where anyone can see all 4 operas in 3 days!  Dates for the 2013 Season are March 8-10, March 15-17, or March 22-24.  Log on to for more information. 

Single tickets go on sale in the Box Office on September 4, 2012.  Subscription packages are still available for purchase in four and five show packages through the Box Office as well. 

2012 Fall Season

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Based on the play Le Roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Sarasota Opera House
Performances (6):   Oct. 26, 28(m), Nov. 1, 3, 7, 12(m)

Little Nemo in Slumberland  
Sarasota Youth Opera World Premiere
An opera in two acts by Daron Aric Hagen and Libretto by J.D. McClatchy
Based on the comic strips by Winsor McCay
Sung in English with English supertitles  

Sarasota Opera House
Performances (2): Nov. 10 and 11


2013 Winter Festival

Sarasota Opera Premiere
Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Sarasota Opera House
Performances (11):  February 9, 12, 17(m), 20, 23, 28, Mar. 3(m), 10, 15, 19(m), 23

The Pearl Fishers ( Les Pěcheurs de perles )
Opera in three acts by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Michel Carré and Eugène Cormon
Sung in French with English supertitles

Sarasota Opera House
Performances (9):  Feb. 16, 19, 21, 24(m), 27, Mar. 1, 8(m), 16(m), 22

A King for a Day ( Un giorno di regno )
World Premiere of a New Critical Edition
Opera in two acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Poetry by Felice Romani
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Sarasota Opera House
Performances (7):  Mar. 2, 5, 7, 10(m), 13, 16, 24(m)

Of Mice and Men  
Sarasota Opera Premiere
Opera in three acts
Music and libretto by Carlisle Floyd after the novel and play of the same name by John Steinbeck
Sung in English with English supertitles
Performances (6):  Mar. 9, 12, 14, 17(m), 20, 23(m)

Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera is approaching its 54th consecutive 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.
Subscriptions for the 2012 – 2013 Fall and Winter Season are now on sale and available by calling (941) 328-1300 or visiting the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue. Single tickets will go on sale August 1st online ( ) and September 4th 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.

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