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Sarasota Opera Postpones “Taste of Downtown” Festival to September 30th

September 13, 2017

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


Sarasota, FL - As our community continues to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma, many of our restaurant partners and vendors remain without power. In our attempt to support their recovery efforts, we will postpone the “Taste of Downtown” Festival until Saturday, September 30 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

What:                  Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Festival
                          Saturday, September 30, 2017, 1pm - 4pm (postponed from September 16)
                          Sarasota Opera House
                          61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
                          Tickets: $65 per person
Tickets for these and all upcoming events are available online at or by calling the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300 which his open Monday  - Friday from 10am – 4pm and located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Based on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera recently completed its 58th 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.
Sarasota Opera • 61 N. Pineapple Avenue • Sarasota, FL • 34236 • (941) 366-8450