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February 11, 2013

Sam Lowry, Communications Officer
(941) 328-1322


Tenor Michael Hendrick will sing the role of Lennie Small in upcoming production of Of Mice and Men

Sarasota, FL – Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi have announced that tenor Michael Hendrick will be returning to Sarasota Opera this season to sing the role of Lennie Small in Sarasota Opera’s 2013 production of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men opening Saturday March 9th.  Corey Bix, who was originally scheduled to sing the role, has withdrawn from the production.

Hendrick, Michael

Mr. Hendrick has performed with leading opera companies and orchestras in Europe and in North America.  He made his debut with Sarasota Opera in 1996 as Trabucco in La forza del destino and Tinca in Il tabarro, and returned in subsequent seasons to sing Guillot in Manon, Laca in Jenufa, and Levko in the American stage premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night

Mr. Hendrick made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2007 singing the role of Meneas in Strauss’ Die aegyptische Helena and has since returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos.  He has earned critical praise for his performances in the title role of Parsifal with Lyric Opera of Chicago;  as Lennie Small in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men with both the Washington National Opera and Kentucky Opera; as Don José in Carmen (LIV Festival Ópera de A Coruña, Palacio de Festivales in Santander, New York City Opera, and Opera Pacific); as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Pittsburgh Opera, L'Opera de Montréal, and Seattle Opera; and as Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with New York City Opera. Mr. Hendrick has appeared at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw as Midas in Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, and at Washington's Kennedy Center in the title role of La clemenza di Tito with the National Symphony Orchestra. 

“We are happy to welcome Michael back to Sarasota Opera,” says Maestro DeRenzi.  “We are grateful he was able to adjust his schedule so he could be part
of this production.”     

Of Mice and Men
A continuation of the American Classics Series, Sarasota Opera will present Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men.   Premiered in 1970 at Seattle Opera, Mr. Floyd adapted the opera from the novel and play by John Steinbeck and wrote both the music and libretto himself.  The opera stays faithful to Steinbeck’s story of two depression era workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, struggling for work as they pursue their own American dream of buying a own farm one day.  However, when a hard and cruel world forces them down a different path, George and Lennie are forced to say goodbye to the bright horizon they had envisioned for themselves.

Sarasota Opera’s production of Of Mice and Men will run for six performances from March 9th through March 23rd.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at (941) 328-1300. 

Of Mice and Men
– Education Events
As was done with the previous American Classics Series operas, Sarasota Opera will continue its unique and innovative series of education events designed
to better familiarize its audience with this genre of American music. 

Of Mice and Men Film Screenings
Continuing its successful partnership with the Sarasota Film Society, Sarasota Opera will show two cinematic interpretations of Steinbeck’s great novel.

Monday, February 18  4pm

Of Mice and Men, 1992 
Gary Sinise, Director
Starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinise

Jonas Kamlet Library
Sarasota Opera House Pavilion

Saturday, February 23  10am

Of Mice and Men
, 1939 
Lewis Milestone, Director
Musical score by Aaron Copland

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas
10715 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL

A Conversation with Composer Carlisle Floyd
Composer Carlisle Floyd, one of opera’s foremost composers and librettists, will be interviewed by Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi on the creation of his opera Of Mice and Men on Saturday, March 9, at 1pm.  Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased either online at or by calling (941) 328-1300.     

Sarasota Opera’s Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men  
Sarasota Opera Premiere
A musical drama in three acts, five scenes (two intermissions)
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):  March 9- 23

Lennie Small:   Michael Hendrick
George Milton:   Sean Anderson
Slim:    Matthew Hanscom
Candy:    Andrew Gangestad
Curley’s Wife:   Chelsea Basler
Curley:    Jon Jurgens
Carlson:   Marvin Kehler
The Ballad Singer:  Jason Winfield

Conductor:   David Neely
Stage Director:   Michael Unger
Scenic Designer:  John Conklin
Costume Designer:  Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer:  Ken Yunker