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Sarasota Opera announces line-up for 2016 HD at the Opera House series

April 12, 2016

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


Sarasota, FL - Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the line up for the 2016 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 2016 series will include weekly matinee presentations of 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.

“Given the great reaction of audiences to this initiative we decided to expand the number of offerings and to present it on a weekly basis,” says Executive Director Richard Russell. “We think we have chosen a broad range of selections that will appeal and intrigue arts lovers across the board.”                 

HD at the Opera House

Select presentations will be preceded by a 15 minute welcome and pre-show introduction.

Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky
Starring Bryn Terfel
Production from the Royal Opera House
Sunday, May 15th at 1:30pm

Marius Petipa’s Giselle 
Starring Marianela Nuñez
Production from the Royal Ballet
Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30pm

Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Starring Jonathan Goad
Production from the Stratford Festival
Sunday, May 29th at 1:30pm

Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Diana Damrau
Production from the Royal Opera House
Sunday, June 5th at 1:30pm

Ballet Russes
Production from Paris Opéra Ballet
Sunday, June 12th at 1:30pm

The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz
Starring Jonas Kaufmann
Production from the Paris National Opera
Sunday, June 19th at 1:30pm

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
Starring Serena Malfi
Production from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Sunday, June 26th at 1:30pm

Sleeping Beauty
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Production from the Royal Ballet
Sunday, July 3rd at 1:30pm

Adventures of Pericles by William Shakespeare
Starring Evan Buliung
Production from the Stratford Festival
Sunday, July 10th at 1:30pm

Reqiuem by Giuseppe Verdi
1967 production from La Scala Opera House
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Sunday, July 17th at 1:30pm

Werther by Jules Massenet
Starring Joyce DiDonato
Production from the Royal Opera House
Sunday, July 24th at 1:30pm

Production from the Paris Opéra Ballet
Sunday, July 31st at 1:30pm

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Sunday, August 7th at 1:30pm

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
Starring Krassimira Stoyanova
Production from the Salzburg Festival
Sunday, August 14th at 1:30pm

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Starring Deborah Hay
Production from the Stratford Festival
Sunday, August 21st at 1:30pm

La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Starring Veronica Simeoni
Production from La Fenice in Venice, Italy
Sunday, August 28th at 1:30pm

L’histoire de Manon
Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Production from the Paris Opéra Ballet
Sunday, September 4th at 1:30pm

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Starring Jonathan Pryce
Production from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Sunday, September 11th at 1:30pm

Tickets are $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers and $20 for single ticket buyers. All seating is general admission. Information and tickets can be found 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 on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera has just completed its 57th consecutive season and the final season of the company’s internationally acclaimed  Verdi Cycle  making it the only company in the world to have performed every work of Giuseppe Verdi.  

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 and administrative leadership of Executive Director Richard Russell since 2012. 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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