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Development Contacts

Director of Development:
Stacy Ridenour
sridenour@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 246

Development Officer:
Stephen Fancher
sfancher@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 231

Executive and Development Assistant:
Jane Levy
jlevy@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450 ext. 538

Senior Manager, Special Events & Sponsorship:
Jennifer Simms
jsimms@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 402

Campaign and Database Officer:
Claire Ryan
cryan@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 416

Individual Giving Administrator:
Brenda Tamm
btamm@sarasotaopera.org
941-366-8450, ext. 250

Sarasota Opera
Development Department
61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Opera Guild Events 2016-17


October 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Madama Butterfly and Her History
Herald-Tribune Building, 1741 Main St., Sarasota
Presentation by Baila Miller, staff member at Ringling College of Art and Design. Baila fills in the blanks behind the tragic opera that has become a world favorite. $15, includes wine and light bites. Register with Bert Fivelson, 702-8853,
 bfivelson@comcast.net.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 9:45 am
Social and Singers

Peterson Room, The Sarasota Opera House, 61 No. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-549-1068.

Monday, October 24, 2016, 7:15 pm
Opera Prologues – Don Pasquale
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  
A series of five Monday evening Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Don Pasquale, presented by Phyllis Lowitt. Friendly gathering with wine and refreshments after the program.
$15, at the door. Or prepay for all five prologues for $60. Contact Ann Waller at 941-921-4154;
 annwaller1@verizon.net.

 


November 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Pina Antonelli – A Virtuoso Piano Concert
St. Boniface Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key
Pina Antonelli has performed piano concerts around the world to rave reviews. Le Figaro, Paris, called her a ‘female Horowitz.’ An interview with June LeBell follows the performance.
$35, includes a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Register with Carol von Allmen, 5112 St. Albens Ave., Sarasota, FL 34242; 346-8057;
 alfacontrols@verizon.net.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 9:45 am
Social and Singers
Peterson Room, The Sarasota Opera House, 61 No. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-549-1068.

 


December 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:30 am
32nd Annual Poinsettia Luncheon
Daring Divas and Dashing Dons
The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Over-the-top auction items, boutique market, fashion show, fabulous lunch.
$65, members/guests; $100, patrons; $1,000, reserved table for 8. Credit card charges at Sarasota Opera Box Office, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., 941-328-1300. Register with Melissa Furman, 434 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota 34236; 809-5691,
 mmfurman@gmail.com.

 


January 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:15pm
Opera Prologues –
 Italian Girl in Algiers
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Italian Girl in Algiers, presented by Dr. Rosanne Martorella.    
$15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program.

Monday, January 16, 2017, 7:15 pm
Opera Prologues – Madama Butterfly
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota 34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Madama Butterfly, presented by Phyllis Lowitt. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 9:45 am
Social and Singers
David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-549-1068.

Monday, January 23, 2017, 7:15 pm
Opera Prologues – Dialogues of the Carmelites
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of Dialogues of The Carmelites, presented by Phillip Gainsley. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program.

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:15 pm
Opera Prologues – The Love of Three Kings
Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota  34231
Prologues provide insightful background on this season's Sarasota Opera performances.
Tonight, a discussion of The Love of Three Kings, presented by Daniel Garde. $15, includes wine and refreshments at the friendly gathering after the program.

 


February 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Opera’s Shades of Love
Herald-Tribune Building, 1741 Main Street, Sarasota
Jack Kahgan shares insights to five emotionally charged opera scenes of vulnerable people reaching for fulfillment.
$15, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Register with Janet Solomon, 340 S. Palm, #53, Sarasota, 34236; 202-361-0073,
 janetsolomon1001@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 9:45 am
Social and Singers

David Cohen Hall, Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Prospective members are invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-549-1068.

 


March 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Noel Coward and Opera

Herald-Tribune Building, 1741 Main St., Sarasota
Alan Brasington, writer, Broadway and TV actor, performs his original play, exploring how Noel Coward might depict an opera composer attempting to write a modern opera.
$15. includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Register with David Chivas/Ron Rice, 1903 Batello Dr., Venice, FL 34292; 408-0613,
 davidchivas@sbcglobal.net.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 9:45am
Social and Singers

Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 North Auburn Road, Venice, FL  34292    
The public is invited to attend. Vocalists from Sarasota Opera perform. Coffee and pastries are served. Free. For information, call 941-549-1068.

 


April 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Celebration Dinner and Installation of Officers
Bird Key Yacht Club
Maestro Victor DeRenzi, known throughout the opera world for performing all of Verdi’s music, will forecast next year’s opera events.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Annual Picnic on Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach
Casual fun time with friends. Music, beachwear fashion show, picnic dinner with wine. $35.