Sarasota Youth Opera to offer Online Summer Camp June 21 - July 2


Designed for all skill levels, annual camp engages young people age 8-18 in the magic of opera

May 4, 2021
Contact: Lana Mullen, Communications Coordinator
(941) 328-1322
[email protected]

Sarasota, FL—Sarasota Youth Opera’s annual Summer Camp enrollment is now open, and plans are underway for a variety of live interactive and participatory Zoom sessions in Chorus, Acting, Opera 101 (Opera history), Props & Sets, Wigs & Makeup, Costumes, Stage Management101 (brand new course), and “Write Your Own Opera.” Classes will be led by professional singers, artists, directors, musicians, and technicians. 

Camp sessions will take place from 10am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, between June 21-July 2.Tuition is$150for the two-week virtual camp experience and participants will be shipped music and materials needed for project-based classes. All classes will be live, not pre-recorded. Reduced tuition is available for siblings, and tuition assistance is offered to families in need.

Camp requirements include a free Zoom account ( and either a cell phone, computer, laptop, or tablet with a working camera, microphone, and internet connection.The deadline to enrollis Tuesday, June1, 2021. 

To register: For more information call George Hemcher at 941-328-1329or email [email protected].

Young people learn how fun opera can be, on and off the stage. In the words of camper Aria, from Summer 2020,“The Sarasota Youth Opera Summer Camp is something I look forward to each summer. It offers a unique experience not only with singing, but language, dance, costumes,makeup, set design, and opera 101. The teachers and Maestri are the best and work hard to give us the knowledge that few people ever receive. I look forward to camp every summer!”

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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