Sarasota Opera announces 2019 season for "HD at the Opera House" and "Classic Movies at the Opera House" series

"HD at the Opera House" season features matinee productions of opera and ballet from around the world.
"Classic Moves at the Opera House" Friday night series to open with "Doctor Zhivago"

April 16, 2019

Lana Mullen, Communications Coordinator
(941) 328-1322
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Sarasota, FL— Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2019 season of “HD at the Opera House” and “Classic Movies at the Opera House.”  The “HD at the Opera House” series will open on Sunday, May 19th and run through October 6th. The series will include presentations of Opera and Ballet from some of the world’s most famous venues and companies including the Royal Opera House, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Semper Opera in Dresden, and the Royal Ballet. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. The “Classic Movies at the Opera House” will begin Friday, May 31st, and will feature timeless films shown on the big screen in the historic Opera House. Classic Movies will start at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be available to enjoy in the theater for all movie events.

HD at the Opera House

Sunday, May 19th at 1:30pm
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi’s sweepingly ambitious opera about war, religion, love and fate is given a cinematic staging by Christof Loy. From the Royal Opera House, London, starring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, and Ludovic Tézier; conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Sunday, June 2nd at 1:30pm
Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet inspired by true events. Music by Franz Liszt. Performance by the Royal Ballet, London. 

Sunday, June 16th at 1:30pm
Experience the elegance and decadence of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Charles Gounod’s best-loved opera. From the Royal Opera House, London, starring Michael Fabiano, Diana Damrau and Erwin Schrott; conducted by Dan Ettinger.

Sunday, June 30th at 1:30pm
Within the Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Flight Pattern
The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet, London, in revivals of works by Wheeldon and Pite and a world premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Sunday, July 14th at 1:30pm
The Merry Widow
>From the Semperoper Dresden, The Merry Widow tells the story of a wealthy widow in search of a new husband. The work was a major success for its composer Franz Lehár. Starring Petra Maria Schnitzer and Bo Skovhus, conducted by Manfred Honeck. 

Sunday, July 28th at 1:30pm
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter passion and tragedy in Kenneth MacMillan’s 20th-century ballet masterpiece. Music by Sergey Prokofiev, performance by the Royal Ballet, London.

Sunday, August 11th at 1:30pm
La Gioconda
Set in 17th-century Venice, this emblematic work from the period between Verdi’s heyday and the dawn of Verismo is the best known of Amilcare Ponchielli’s operas. Production from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, starring Saioa Hernández, Dolora Zajick, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, and Brian Jagde; conducted by Guillermo García Calvo.

Sunday, August 25th at 1:30pm
Die Walküre
Antonio Pappano conducts a great cast including Stuart Skelton, Emily Magee, John Lundgren and Nina Stemme in the second opera in Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des NibelungenProduction from the Royal Opera, London.

Sunday, September 8th at 1:30pm
The Nutcracker
A treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. Choreographed by Peter Wright, with music by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. Performance by the Royal Ballet, London.

Sunday, September 22nd at 1:30pm
La traviata
Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Verdi’s best-loved opera returns with star soprano Ermonela Jaho as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo; conducted by Antonello Manacorda. Production from the Royal Opera, London.

Sunday, October 6th at 1:30pm
La Bayadère
Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Music by Czech composer Ludwig Minkus, whose music is amongst the most performed in all of ballet. Performance by the Royal Ballet, London.

Tickets to “HD at the Opera House” are $20 for single ticket buyers and $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating is general admission. Information and tickets can be found online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. You can also visit the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. (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)


Classic Movies at the Opera House

Friday, May 31st at 7:30pm
Doctor Zhivago (1965. Runtime 200 minutes)
Married physician-poet Yuri Zhivago falls in love with alluring Lara during the Russian Revolution in this Best Picture nominee that’s based on the novel by Boris Pasternak. (101 minutes) Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger; Directed by David Lean.

Friday, June 28th at 7:30pm
An American in Paris (1951. Runtime 115 minutes)
When ex-GI Jerry Mulligan remains in Paris to pursue life as an artist, he is discovered by a wealthy patroness interested in more than his art. But Mulligan falls in love with a French shop girl who is engaged to his best friend. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant; Directed by Vincent Minnelli.

Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967. Runtime 108 minutes)
A rich couple’s liberal views are put to the test when their daughter brings home a black man as her fiancé. Starring: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn; Directed by Stanley Kramer.

Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm
Rear Window (1954. Runtime 112 minutes)
A laid-up magazine photographer witnesses a possible murder from his apartment window. Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter; Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Friday, August 9th at 7:30pm
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961. Runtime 115 minutes)
A Manhattan sophisticate escorts wealthy men, accepting gifts and money but not their affections: she has commitment issues. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal; Directed by Blake Edwards.

Friday, August 23rd at 7:30pm
Key Largo (1948. Runtime 101 minutes)
A war-weary WWII vet is forced into a confrontation with a sadistic mobster holding hostages at a Florida hotel during a hurricane. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore; Directed by John Huston.

Friday, September 6th at 7:30pm
Young Frankenstein (1974. Runtime 106 minutes)
Drawn to his late grandfather’s Transylvanian castle, young Dr. Frankenstein learns how to bring a corpse to life. But soon, his “monster” creation is looking for love in hilarious places! Starring: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Madeleine Kahn; Directed by Mel Brooks.

Classic Movies at the Opera House are $12 for single ticket buyers. All seating is general admission. Information and tickets can be found online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. You can also visit the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.

About Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera is celebrating its 60th 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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