More Titles Added to "HD at the Opera House"

Strauss’ Arabella, Verdi’s MacBeth, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet

November 12, 2020
Contact: Lana Mullen, Communications Coordinator
(941) 328-1322
[email protected]

Sarasota, FL—Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce additional presentations for the 2020 season of “HD at the Opera House.” Richard Strauss’s Arabella from the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival will be shown on Sunday, November 22; Verdi’s Macbeth from the Royal Opera House in London will be shown on Sunday, December 6; and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet from the Royal Ballet in London will be shown on Sunday, December 20. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. Tickets to “HD at the Opera House” are $20 for single ticket buyers and $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the 10% discount of HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.

Special Protocols for Health & Safety
To ensure the safety of all attendees of Sarasota Opera’s events, all seats will be reserved and distanced. Face masks covering the nose and mouth will be required at all performances, and attendees will be subject to a temperature check upon arriving at the theater. Print-at-home and mobile tickets are now available and ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Attendees are encouraged to read details on health and safety at

HD at the Opera House

Sunday, November 22nd at 1:30pm
Richard Strauss’s Arabella Opera Film
Strauss’s opera captures the fleeting reverie of youth and Vienna’s Golden Age through the romantic entanglements of two sisters. A comedy of errors in the pursuit of true love, Arabella is one of Strauss’s most charming comedic operas. From the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival, starring Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; conducted by Christian Thielemann and directed by Florentine Klepper. Running time: 2 hours 47 minutes, sung in German with English subtitles.

Sunday, December 6th at 1:30pm
Verdi’s Macbeth Opera Film

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. From Royal Opera House, starring Željko Lučić, Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Yusif Eyvazov, Francesca Chiejina, Konu Kim, Simon Shibambu, and Jonathan Fisher; conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. From the Royal Opera House, London. Running time: 3 hours 10 minutes.

Sunday, December 20 at 1:30pm
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Ballet Film

Peter Wright’s interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, iconic score are presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production. Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes.

About Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera is entering its 62nd Season of bringing world-class opera to Florida’s Gulf Coast. The company was launched in 1960, when a touring chamber opera company came to the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. The following year the Asolo Opera Guild was formed to present the season. By 1974 the Asolo Opera was mounting its own productions at the theater. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to full-scale opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater which in 1984 (as the Sarasota Opera House) became home to the newly renamed Sarasota Opera. The building underwent a $20 million renovation and rehabilitation in 2007 enhancing audience amenities, while updating the technical facilities, including increasing the size of the orchestra pit. The theater, which reopened in March 2008, has been called “one of America’s finest venues for opera” by Musical America.

Since 1983, the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi and administrative leadership of Executive Director Richard Russell since 2012. Sarasota Opera has garnered international attention with its Masterwork Revivals Series, which presents neglected works of artistic merit, as well as the Verdi Cycle, completed in 2016, that made Sarasota Opera the only opera company in the world to present all of Verdi’s works. Recognizing the importance of training, Maestro DeRenzi founded the Apprentice and Studio Artists programs. Sarasota Opera also maintains a commitment to education through its Explorations in Opera performances for local schools and the industry-leading Sarasota Youth Opera program.

Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award from the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.


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