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By Dean Burry 
November 9 at 5:00 pm | November 10 at 12 pm 

Sarasota Youth Opera will present its acclaimed production of The HobbitÔ by Dean Burry. This prelude to Tolkien’s classic The Lord of The Rings, recounts how a comfort-loving hobbit, unwillingly dragged into a heroic quest, accidentally acquires the golden ring of power. 

November 15 at 7:30 pm | November 17 at 3:00 pm 

The operas of Giuseppe Verdi have been an important part of the history of Sarasota Opera, the only company to have presented all of his works. Principal Artists from the Sarasota Opera with the Sarasota Orchestra, conducted by Victor DeRenzi, will present selections from these great works in concert. 
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA                                                                                       PAGLIACCI
By Pietro Mascagni                                                                                                        By Ruggero Leoncavallo
Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci                 Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci

February 15 - March 29, 2025  (Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci will be presented as a double bill)
Two operas, two betrayed husbands, two tragic ends. In Cavalleria rusticana the calm of a Sicilian Easter morning is broken by a betrayed lover who sets off a chain of events culminating in violent tragedy. In true theatrical tradition Pagliacci’s clown tries to go on with the show, but his real-life humiliation and despair lead to a grim climax. The violent passions and raw emotions of these two works changed the direction of Italian opera forever. 
By Gioachino Rossini 
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini 
February 22 – March 29, 2025 

Determined to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the barber of Seville, to steal her away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Hilarious complications ensue to some of opera’s most delightful music. The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, is one of the most beloved comedic works in the operatic repertory. 
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte 
March 8 – 28, 2025 

Continuing the story of The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva’s eye has now wandered and his current objective is Susanna, Figaro’s fiancée. The distressed couple, along with Rosina (now the Countess Almaviva) conspire to reveal the count’s lechery, despite the many obstacles thrown in their way. Mozart’s musical genius, along with Lorenzo DaPonte’s witty libretto make The Marriage of Figaro one of opera’s masterpieces. 
By Giuseppe Verdi 
Poetry by Francesco Maria Piave 
March 15 – 30, 2025 

A Protestant minister returns from a mission abroad to be confronted by his wife’s infidelity. Stiffelio faces his wife’s transgression, battling his all-too human emotions with his religious faith. Written just before Rigoletto, this long neglected, emotionally charged work is now recognized as an important opera by the great Giuseppe Verdi. 

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