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September 12, 2012

Samuel Lowry 
(941) 328-1322

Sarasota Opera Looks Ahead to a Bright Future

Sarasota, FL –Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Artistic Director, and Donald Worthington, Chairman of the Board of Sarasota Opera, have announced a search is well underway to replace outgoing Executive Director Susan T. Danis as she prepares to assume her new role as CEO and General Director of Florida Grand Opera.   
“This is a time of change for Sarasota Opera,” says Maestro DeRenzi.  “Susan’s 13 years of work and dedication has left an indelible mark on Sarasota Opera, as well as the Sarasota community, and we are all grateful for her contributions.  Susan has wanted a position as General Director of a company for many years, and I know she will take Florida Grand Opera to another level.”
“Sarasota Opera is very fortunate to have a Board with the dedication and expertise to find a replacement for Susan who will continue the growth of the company and be an important part of our community.  We enter our 54th season with a feeling of optimism and excitement for Sarasota Opera’s future.”  
“We recognize that replacing a key leader is a very important task and our search committee is encouraged by the number of highly qualified applicants who have expressed interest in working with Sarasota Opera,” added Mr. Worthington.  “We feel certain we can assure our friends and patrons of Sarasota Opera that our highly skilled administrative and production staff will continue with our program in these times of change and that a new Executive Director will be named without long delay.  We are grateful to Susan Danis for continuing to provide guidance, even as she prepares for a new chapter in her own career.”
Work is in progress on an event this fall that will honor Susan Danis’ 13 years of service to Sarasota Opera.  Details will be released as they become available. 
Sarasota Opera will open its fall season with Verdi’s Rigoletto, which will run from October 26 through November 12, 2012, followed by the Sarasota Youth Opera Premiere of Little Nemo in Slumberland on November 10 and 11, 2012.     
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.
Full season subscriptions are now on sale and may be purchased by calling (941) 328-1300 or online at .  Full-season subscriptions range in price from $80 - $468, with a four opera subscription starting at only $64.  Single Tickets ranging from $19 - $120 are also available for purchase at (941) 328-1300 or online at .  You can also visit the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234.  
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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