The Sarasota Opera Costume Studio

Sarasota Opera has a wonderful opportunity to preserve the largest collection of costumes available for rent in North America!  Toronto-based Malabar, Ltd, one of the leading providers of costumes to opera companies throughout North America, has enabled us to purchase their historic collection (currently comprising over 50,000 costumes and 135 separate productions).


By purchasing the entire Malabar Ltd. stock of costumes Sarasota Opera will: 

  • Preserve a historic collection of costumes, used by many opera companies in North America. Among the great artists who have worn these costumes: Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Marilyn Horne, Norman Treigle, Stephanie Sundine;
  • Save as much as $100K annually in costume costs;
  • Generate revenue to help support Sarasota Opera's operating costs;
  • Become the leading costume provider to opera companies in North America.

Click here to make a gift in support of the Sarasota Opera Costume Studio

All donors to the Costume Studio will be invited to tour a newly built warehouse so that they may see these beautiful costumes firsthand. For more information about levels and benefits, please contact the development department at (941) 366-8450, ext. 416.

Through your investment in Sarasota Opera as a patron you have shared in the pride of many recent achievements. The creation of the Costume Studio will take us to a new level as a company, and we look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with you.