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2023 FALL SEASON
THE MUSIC OF GIACOMO PUCCINI
November 10 at 7:30 pm; November 12 at 3:00 pm
The operas of Giacomo Puccini are some of the most popular in the repertoire. This concert features Hanna Brammer, Erica Petrocelli, Rafael Dávila, Christopher Oglesby, and Jean Carlos Rodriguez. Victor DeRenzi conducts the Sarasota Orchestra in favorite selections.
THE LITTLE SWEEP
By Benjamin Britten | A Sarasota Youth Opera Production
November 4 at 5 pm; November 5 at 12:30 pm
Sarasota Youth Opera will present a revival of our acclaimed production of Britten's charming opera—The Little Sweep. A group of children, with the help of a kind nursery maid, work to free a young chimney sweep apprentice from his cruel master. Last seen in 2018, this enchanting work, which was written to introduce young people to opera, will be sure to delight children and adults alike.
2024 WINTER OPERA FESTIVAL
By Georges Bizet
February 17 - March 22, 2024
Carmen, the seductive and enigmatic heroine of Bizet's opera, has enticed Corporal Don José who upends his life to be with her. When her interest turns to the charismatic bullfighter Escamillo, José's enraged jealousy leads to catastrophe. Opera-lovers and newcomers alike will bask in some of opera's most recognizable music!
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
By Gaetano Donizetti
February 24 - March 23, 2024
Deceit leads to murder and madness, in Donizetti's masterpiece, based on Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor. To save his family's fortunes, Enrico Ashton has promised his sister Lucia's hand to a Scottish nobleman, instead of Edgardo, the man she loves, and a member of a rival family. The ensuing drama is excitingly captured in Donizetti's beautifully romantic music, with many well-known operatic highlights including Lucia's famous mad scene.
By Giuseppe Verdi
March 9 - 24, 2024
One of Giuseppe Verdi's lesser performed but passionately romantic dramas, Luisa Miller returns to Sarasota Opera after 25 years. Luisa, the daughter of an old soldier, is in love with Carlo, who is really, Rodolfo, the son of the ruthless Count Walter. The count's opposition to the couple's love leads to tragedy, in an opera filled with memorable arias and thrilling ensembles.
DECEIT OUTWITTED (L'infedeltà delusa)
By Joseph Haydn
March 15 - 23, 2024
Joseph Haydn is one of classical music's most famous composers, but his substantial body of opera is virtually unknown. In the delightful comedy, Deceit Outwitted (L'infedeltà delusa), the peasant, Filippo hopes his daughter Sandrina will marry the rich farmer Nencio instead of the poor peasant with whom she is in love. Through a series of comic complications (including a parade of disguises), all is happily resolved, accompanied by Haydn's inventive score and brilliant singing. This will be a Sarasota Opera premiere.
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