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Sarasota Opera House & Box Office

61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Box Office:  (941) 328-1300
E-mail:        boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org

Sarasota Opera Administrative Office

1345 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-8450

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Our Theater

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently undergone a $20-million rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the 1920's theater, while creating an up-to-date opera house for the 21st century.

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Each season, some of the most accomplished instrumentalists in classical music come together to form the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Professional musicians from as far away as California and New York, as well as from here in Florida, join together to perform in one of the finest opera orchestras in the country.  Many of our players have been with us for more than five years, with several performing over ten seasons.

Having a resident orchestra gives Sarasota Opera the opportunity to thoroughly rehearse the season’s operas over the course of several weeks. Sarasota Opera’s orchestra, along with its other artists and technicians, are committed to presenting quality opera season after season.




Sarasota Opera Orchestra 2016

VIOLIN
L.P. How – Santa Fe, NM (10)
Concertmaster
The Murray Bring and Kay Delaney
Endowed Chair

Jeremy Williams – Nashville, TN (3)
Associate Concertmaster

Juan Jaramillo – Pittsburgh, PA (11)
Assistant Concertmaster

Susan Faux – Jamaica Plain, MA (15)
Principal Second Violin

Jenny Amador – Corte Madera, CA (1)
Vitaly Briskin – Chicago, IL (Debut)
Soojin Chang – Washington, DC (1)
Eliza Cho – Philadelphia, PA (9)
Jason Erwin – Philadelphia, PA (7)
George Anthony Figueroa – Lenoir, NC (1)
Lu Friedman – Hartford, CT (8)
Jina Lee – Baltimore, MD (3)
Natalia Vasilieva Maiden – Sarasota, FL (8)
Shelley Matthews – Silver Spring, MD (1)
Caitlin McSherry – San Francisco, CA (7)
Milene Moreira – Sarasota, FL (9)
Amanda Nix – Sarasota, FL (7)
Nonoko Okada – Greensboro, NC (6)
Matthew Oshida – Palo Alto, CA (6)
Lavinia Pavlish – New York, NY (Debut)

VIOLA
Elizabeth Lamb – Nashville, TN (10)
Principal

Michael Holub – Milford, CT (13)
Simon Értz – Greensboro, NC (7)
Carl Larson – Prospect, KY (3)
Sarah Lemons – Brooklyn, NY (6)
Katherine Zahradnik – Baltimore, MD (8)

CELLO
Nadine Trudel – Sarasota, FL (13)
Principal

Troy Chang – Tampa, FL (4)
Joanne Choi – New York, NY (Debut)
Kelley Maulbetsch – San Francisco, CA (9)
Andrea Mills – Trumbull, CT (14)
Allegra Montanari – Chicago, IL (4)

BASS
Gil S. Katz – Sarasota, FL (14)
Principal

Cory Palmer – Pittsburgh, PA (Debut)
Edward Paulsen – Rochester, NY (5)
Brian Thacker – Merrimack, NH (5)

FLUTE
Amanda Blaikie – Ferndale, MI (1)
Principal

Jessica Petrasek – Kansas City, MO (1)

PICCOLO
Jessica Petrasek – Kansas City, MO (1)

OBOE
Rick Basehore – Alexandria, VA (7)
Principal

Jennifer Case – Huntsville, AL (Debut)

ENGLISH HORN
Jennifer Case – Huntsville, AL (Debut)

CLARINET
Joseph Morris – Salt Lake City, UT (1)
Principal
The Ed and Jane Bavaria Endowed Chair

Robert Walker – Oakland Gardens, NY (1)

BASS CLARINET
Robert Walker – Oakland Gardens, NY (1)

BASSOON
Natalya Rose Vrbsky – Rochester, NY (5)
Principal

Galina Kiep – San Diego, CA (1)

HORN
Eric Bell – Houston, TX (21)
Principal

Theresa MacDonnell – Osprey, FL (1)
Alex Rosenfeld – San Francisco, CA (4)
Sandra Swanson – Evanston, IL (17)

TRUMPET
Mary Bowden – Naples, FL (Debut)
Principal

Larry Herman – Cleveland, OH (18)
Stephen Madancy – New York, NY (2)
David Detwiler – Culpeper, VA (Debut)

TROMBONE
Kathryn Curran – San Francisco, CA (8)
Principal

Benjamin Skroch – Boonville, IN (Debut)
Jonathan Schubert – Harleysville, PA (8)
The Mr. and Mrs. William E. Chapman, II
Endowed Chair

BASS / CONTRABASS TROMBONE
Wayne Solomon – Fresno, CA (9)

TUBA
Jonathan Schubert – Harleysville, PA (7)

HARP
Giuseppina Ciarla – Bari, Italy (13)
Principal

TIMPANI
Gregg Koyle – Guglionesi, Italy (15)
Principal

William Manley – Jamaica Plain, MA (12)

PERCUSSION
William Manley – Jamaica Plain, MA (12)
Principal

James Benoit – Pittsburgh, PA (3)

AIDA ONSTAGE TRUMPET
Larry Herman
David Detwiler
Stephen Madancy
Michael Fee

Associate Musicians

FLUTE
Claudia White

OBOE
Alyssa McKeithen
Shane Wedel

CLARINET
Stacey McColley

CONTRABASSOON
Noemi Rivera
Eric Van der Veer Varner

TRUMPET
Gregory Knudsen
Aric Brian

HARP
Jennifer Robertson-Tessi

PERCUSSION
Aaron Nix

AIDA OFFSTAGE HORN
Juliann Welch
Troy Messner

AIDA OFFSTAGE TRUMPET
Daniel Mendelow
David Clark
David Dash
Alan Evans
Cindy Scaruffi-Klispie

LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNANO
OFFSTAGE TRUMPET

Stephen Madancy
David Detwiler
Michael Fee

AIDA & LA BATTAGLIA
DI LEGNANO
OFFSTAGE
TROMBONE

Kyle Guira
Jennifer Schmeiser
Alex Belliveau
Nathaniel Smith

ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER & CONTRACTOR
Gregg Koyle

ORCHESTRA LIBRARIAN
Kelley Maulbetsch