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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 2018

VIOLIN
L.P. How – Santa Fe, NM (12)
Concertmaster
The Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Endowed Chair
Julie Kim – Walnut Creek, CA (1)
Associate Concertmaster
Susan Faux – Jamaica Plain, MA (17)
Principal Second Violin
Julia Birnbaum – Oakland, CA (2)
Vitaly Briskin – Chicago, IL (3)
Soojin Chang – Baltimore, MD (4)
Lu Friedman – Hartford, CT (10)
Thomas Hofmann – Boston, MA (2)
Deborah Katz – Washington, DC (2)
Ivelina Kofler – Laguna Hills, CA (1)
Yuri Kye – Oakland, CA (2)
Victoria Lewis – New York, NY (1)
Natalia Vasilieva Maiden – Sarasota, FL (10)
Shelley Mathews – Silver Spring, MD (4)
Milene Moreira – Sarasota, FL (11)
Amanda Nix – Sarasota, FL (9)
Matthew Oshida – Elk Grove, CA (7)
Luke Santonastaso – Oakland, CA (1)
Shawna Trost – Sarasota, FL (11)
Mayumi Wyrick – New York, NY (1)

VIOLA
Victoria Witmer – Whitehouse Station, NJ (1)
Principal
Laurel Borden – St. Petersburg, FL (1)
Michael Holub – Louisville, KY (15)
Sarah Lemons – Brooklyn, NY (7)
Alexandra VandeGeijn – Baltimore, MD (3)
Katherine Zahradnik – Baltimore, MD (10)

CELLO
Joanne Choi – New York, NY (3)
Principal
Grace An – Baltimore, MD (2)
Troy Chang – Tampa, FL (5)
Ashton Lim – Toronto, ON (1)
Andrea Mills – Trumbull, CT (15)
The Eleanor Wilson Williams Endowed Chair
Paul Swensen – West Babylon, NY (1)

BASS
Gil S. Katz – Sarasota, FL (16)
Principal
Dennis Caravakis – Los Angeles, CA (2)
Samantha Dickman – Bay Village, OH (2)
Gary Matz – Carnegie, PA (1)

FLUTE
Rachel Blumenthal – Chicago, IL (1)
Principal
Amal Gochenour – Herndon, VA (2)

PICCOLO
Amal Gochenour
Rachel Blumenthal

OBOE
Rick Basehore – Silver Spring, MD (9)
Principal
Jennifer Case – Huntsville, AL (3)

ENGLISH HORN
Jennifer Case

CLARINET
Sergey Gutorov – Niles, IL (2)
Principal
The Ed and Jane Bavaria Endowed Chair
Eric Anderson – Naples, FL (1)

BASSOON
Ellen Connors – St. Louis, MO (1)
Principal
David Richmond – Boston, MA (7) 

HORN
Eric Bell – Issaquah, WA (23)
Principal
Katherine Jordan – New York, NY (1)
Associate Principal
Jon Carroll – Bronx, NY (1)
Sandra Swanson – Evanston, IL (19)

TRUMPET
Paul Neebe – Chapel Hill, NC (1)
Principal
Larry Herman – Cleveland, OH (20)

TROMBONE
Sean Keenan – Chicago, IL (1)
Principal
Charles Dieterle – Evanston, IL (1)
David Becker – Chicago, IL (1)

BASS TROMBONE
Jonathan Schubert – Harleysville, PA (10)
The Mr. and Mrs. William E. Chapman, II Endowed Chair

TUBA
Jonathan Schubert

HARP
Giuseppina Ciarla – Bari, Italy (15)
Principal

TIMPANI
Gregg Koyle – Guglionesi, Italy (17)
Principal

PERCUSSION
William Manley – Jamaica Plain, MA (14)
Principal
Andre Sonner – Newton, MA (1)
Aya Kaminaguchi – Hamden, CT (2)

 

ASSOCIATE MUSICIANS

FLUTE
Claudia White

OBOE
Alyssa McKeithen
Shane Wedel

BASS CLARINET
Amalie Wyrick-Flax

BASSOON & CONTRABASSOON
Eric Van der Veer Varner
Carlos Felipe Viña

TRUMPET
Alan Evans
Michael Fee

HARP
Jennifer Robertson-Tessi 

MANON LESCAUT ONSTAGE STRING QUARTET
Luke Santonastaso
Matthew Oshida
Alexandra VandeGeijn
Ashton Lim 

MANON LESCAUT ONSTAGE DRUMMER
William Manley

ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL MANAGER & CONTRACTOR
Gregg Koyle

ORCHESTRA LIBRARIAN
Susan Faux
William Manley