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Sarasota Opera House & Box Office

61 N. Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Box Office:  (941) 328-1300

Sarasota Opera Administrative Office

50 Central Avenue, Suite 820
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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Sarasota Opera 2006 Apprentice Scenes - The Rape of LucretiaThe Apprentice Artists Program is a season-long intensive training program for aspiring young opera singers, with an emphasis on performance. The company firmly believes that singing is a form of emotional communication and not just a technical function undertaken for the sake of itself.

The company attempts to teach this philosophy to the apprentice participants by giving them numerous and varied performance opportunities that are backed by rehearsals that stress content of language, refinement of interpretation, musicality, polishing of ensemble and by providing extended contact with seasoned professionals who share this view of singing.

Sarasota Opera's Apprentice Artists Program consists of 24 professional singers who are graduates of university music schools and conservatories. Some have completed their doctoral studies, choosing this path towards breaking into the highly competitive world of professional opera.

During their stay in Sarasota, the apprentice artists work with the music staff and the stage directors in one-on-one coaching: musical, dramatic and language. The language program uses volunteers who are native-born speakers of the language concerned, an invaluable benefit derived from Sarasota's international community. Apprentices also have opportunities to audition for other opera companies whose representatives attend the season here searching for new talent.

Master classes with the resident staff, guest conductors and guest directors provide more essential guidance and training. The apprentices perform in all the main stage productions and at numerous outreach events in Bradenton, Venice and Sarasota. New this season the Apprentices will perform a concert of operatic excerpts on the stage of the William E. Schmidt Opera Theater with full orchestra.

If you have any questions about the Program, please contact Greg Trupiano, Director of Artistic Administration at

2016 Winter Apprentice Artists Applications

Applications for the 2016 Winter Apprentice Artists Program will be available at later this year. You do not have to be a member of to use this site.