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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DIRECTIONS & PARKING

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William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre


Original Theater

Original Theater

Our Theater

Our Restored Theater

Theater Seating

View from the theater seats

Our beautiful theater has recently undergone an extensive renovation that brought it new standards of technology, comfort, and beauty. For a unique event, consider hosting a sit-down dinner directly on the stage, surrounded by the elegance of the theater.

William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre Capacity: 1,174
Stage seating: 125

Comes standard with legs & borders as hung, rep plot as hung.

For technical specifications, please contact Jim Reid, Director of Theater Operations, by emailing OperaHouseRentals@SarasotaOpera.org.

Monday – Thursday
Non-profit rate
Commercial Rate
8 am - 12 midnight $3,500.00 $4,000.00
Second Performance / Same day add $1,000 add $1,000
Friday – Sunday
Non-profit rate
Commercial Rate
8 am - 12 midnight $4,000.00 $4,500.00
Second Performance / Same day add $1,000 add $1,000

 

These rates include:  
  • Room or hall reserved
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Standard housekeeping service
  • Heat, air conditioning as installed on premises
  • Water as installed on premises
These rates do not include:
  • Food/ Catering
  • Cost of Liquor, bartenders and service staff
  • Marketing, advertising, or promotions (i.e. tickets, invitations, ads, posters, emails, etc.)
  • Piano Tuning
  • Screens or projectors
  • Event staff
  • Valet Parking
  • Linens
  • Additional tables and chairs beyond the number provided by the opera house
  • 7% State Sales Tax

All rates and information are subject to change without notice. For more information and date availability, please contact Jim Reid, Director of Theater Operations, by emailing OperaHouseRentals@SarasotaOpera.org