Sarasota Opera to present “HD at the Opera House” beginning Sunday October 4th

Special protocols in place to safely host a socially distanced audience

September 29, 2020
Contact: Lana Mullen, Communications Coordinator
(941) 328-1322
[email protected]

Sarasota, FL—Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce a preliminary lineup for the 2020 season of “HD at the Opera House” opening on Sunday, October 4th. The presentations will include Bizet’s Carmen from the Zürich Opera House, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from Teatro Real in Madrid. Each presentation will begin at 1:30pm. More titles may be added to the schedule in coming weeks. 

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 Fall Season events, all seats will be reserved and distanced. Face masks 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. Tickets will be self-scanned at the theater, limiting contact with ushers and staff. Concessions will be closed, but moviegoers may bring their own refreshments. Visitors to the Opera House will note enhanced safety and cleaning measures, as well as signage for traffic flow and distancing. The air conditioning system has been optimized for better air circulation and filtration. Attendees are encouraged to read details on health and safety at

HD at the Opera House

Sunday, October 4th at 1:30pm
Georges Bizet’s Carmen

All-consuming ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Audience members will enjoy some of the most recognizable music in opera, such as Carmen’s famous “Habañera” and the famous “Toreador Song.” From the Zürich Opera House, starring Vesselina Kasarova, Jonas Kaufmann, Michele Pertusi, and Isabel Rey; conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Matthias Hartmann. Running time: 3 hours, sung in French with English subtitles.

Sunday, October 18th at 1:30pm
Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

This sumptuous ballet, choreographed by the great Rudolph Nureyev, returns to the stage with magnificent sets created by Oscar winner Franca Squarciapino, and Felix Korobov conducting the extraordinary score by Tchaikovsky. International superstar Polina Semionova stars as the lovely Princess Aurora, who after being cursed by an evil fairy (Beatrice Carbone), must fall into a death-like sleep until a handsome prince (Timofej Andrijashenko) awakens her with a kiss. From Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Running time: 2 hours 38 minutes. 

Sunday, November 1 at 1:30pm
Puccini’s Madame Butterfly

Madama Butterfly is one of most performed and best loved operas of all time. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San and the U.S. naval officer Pinkerton touches all audiences. Director Mario Gas sets his new interpretation in a 1930’s film studio, where they are working on a movie adaptation of Puccini’s soaring opera of romance and innocence lost. From Teatro Real, Madrid, starring Ermonela Jaho, Enkelejda Shkosa, Marifé Nogales, Jorge de León, Àngel Òdena, Francisco Vas, Tomeu Bibiloni, and Fernando Radó; conducted by Marco Armiliato. Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes, sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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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