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Sarasota Opera Announces 2015 HD at the Opera House Series

April 7, 2015

Sam Lowry, Director of Audience Development
(941) 328-1322

Sarasota Opera Announces 2015 Season for "HD at the Opera House" Series

Season to include productions of Opera, Ballet, and Theater from Around the World

Sarasota, FL
- Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2015 season of "HD at the Opera House".  This series, which debuted in 2014 and more than quadrupled its projected income goal in its first year, has allowed Sarasota Opera to expand its programming from the fall and winter season to year-around. In addition to opera, the 2015 series will include ballet and theater from some of the world's most famous venues. All showings will occur in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre at the Sarasota Opera House.

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"We could not be more pleased with the response from the community for this program,” says Executive Director Richard Russell. "We believe our patrons will enjoy this season’s expanded lineup of operas, plays, and ballet from around the world."                 

HD at the Opera House
Select presentations will be preceded by a 15 minute welcome and pre-show discussion.

I due Foscari by Giuseppe Verdi
Starring Placido Domingo
Production from the Royal Opera House
Thursday, May 7th at 7pm
Sunday, May 10th at 1:30pm

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Thursday, May 28th at 7:00pm

Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz
Production from the English National Opera
Sunday, May 31st at 1:30pm

L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel
Production from Royal Opera House
Thursday, June 11th at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 14th at 1:30pm

La fille du Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Natalie Dessay
Production from the Vienna State Opera
Thursday, June 25th at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 28th at 1:30pm

Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano
Starring Jonas Kaufman
Production from the Royal Opera House
Thursday, July 9th at 7:00pm
Sunday, July 12th at 1:30pm

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Thursday, July 23rd at 7pm

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten
Production from the English National Opera
Sunday, July 26th at 1:30pm

The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner
Starring Bryn Terfel
Production from the Royal Opera House
Thursday, August 13th at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 16th at 1:30pm

Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky 
Production from Barcelona's Gran Teatro de Liceu
Thursday, August 27th at 7:00pm
Sunday, August 30th at 1:30pm

Balanchine and Millepied
Production from the Paris Ballet
Thursday, September 10th at 7pm

William Tell by Gioachino Rossini
Production from the Royal Opera House
Sunday, September 13th at 1:30pm

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Thursday, September 24th at 7:00pm

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
By Kurt Weill
Production from the Royal Opera House
Sunday, September 27th at 1:30pm

Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by Mike Leigh
Production from the English National Opera
Thursday, October 1st at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 4th at 1:30pm

Tickets are $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers and $20 for single ticket buyers. All seating is general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. You can also visit the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Sarasota Opera Subscribers who wish to receive the 10% discount must contact the Sarasota Opera Box Office directly.

Sarasota Opera was awarded grants in 2014 from the William and Marie Selby Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to purchase film projection equipment for the Opera House, and an additional "Building Opera Audiences" grant from Opera America to support marketing.

Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota has just closed its 56th 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.
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.

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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