Manatee Opera Guild

Manatee Opera Guild fosters the appreciation of opera in Manatee County. Our objectives are:

  • To raise funds for the Sarasota Opera Association.
  • To promote knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community.
  • To encourage and assist aspiring young opera singers.
  • To present programs, open to the public, and to foster appreciation of music, especially opera.

General Meetings

Meetings begin at 10:30 at the Palm Aire Country Club. We enjoy coffee and conversation beginning at 10:00. Meetings are free and open to the public. Each meeting showcases talent from Sarasota Opera. Please join us!

October 20
November 10
December 8
January 19
February 16  
March 16 
April 20

Bel Canto

A newsletter, the Bel Canto, is published monthly to keep members informed on news about the guild, information about coming events at Sarasota Opera and in the community.


Learn more about this season's operas at our Prelude Series, given by opera experts at 10 am, Westminster Towers, 1522 4th Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205. $5.00 at the door – no reservations needed. Light refreshments at 9:30 am.

October 22: The Silken Ladder
November 19: Tosca
December 10: The Daughter of the Regiment
January 21: The Pearl Fishers
February 18: Attila


Manatee Opera Guild is proud to support young singers from the Sarasota Opera Studio Artists Program and the Sarasota Youth Opera members from Manatee County with awards to help them advance their operatic careers.


Lyrical Dreams Concert
Sarasota Piano Trio at Sarasota Opera House
November 5, 2021 | 5pm - 7pm

Manatee Opera Guild presents its fourth annual up close and personal concert on the stage at the Sarasota Opera House, November 5, 2021. The event begins with a 5pm cocktail party in the beautiful Selby Lobby. At 6:00, the participants will join the Sarasota Piano Trio in the theater for an exclusively designed evening of chamber music featuring repertoire for piano, violin, and violoncello from Italy, England, France, and Brazil. LEARN MORE!

Meeting Events:
At Palm Aire Country Club
5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota, FL 34243

10:00am Coffee and conversation
10:30am Business Meeting
11:00am Singers from Sarasota Opera entertain
11:30am Optional Luncheon ($25 per person)

October 20
November 10
December 8
January 19
February 16  (Manatee Opera Guild Valentine Party celebrating our own member, Maryanne Hazen)
March 16 (Spring Fling Brunch includes the Helen Jepson Dellera and Deane Allyn Awards)

All Preludes take place at Westminster Towers Auditorium 
1533 4th Avenue West, Bradenton 34205
Refreshments at 9:30am, Program at 10am
$5 at the door, no reservations

October 22 The Silken Ladder
Martha Collins

November 19 Tosca
Rosanne Martorella

December 10 The Daughter of the Regiment 
Martha Collins

January 21 The Pearl Fishers
Peter Shimkin

February 18 Attila
Phyllis Lowitt 

Why Join the Manatee Opera Guild?

We love opera and enjoy supporting Sarasota Opera. Our monthly meetings give us the opportunity to hear the wonderful singers of Sarasota Opera in a more intimate space, and to get to know the singers personally. In opera we hear the power and glory of the human voice, singing memorable melodies, and whenever members of Manatee Opera Guild get together, we have fun. Membership Year: June through May

Regular Member:
Individual: $40.00 
Couple: $60.00

Sustaining Member:
Individual: $50.00 
Couple: $70.00