Sarasota Youth Opera Summer Camp Registration

Underway Through May 10th

Young people ages 8-18 are invited to experience how fun opera is-on and off the stage!

April 2, 2019

Lana Mullen, Communications Coordinator
(941) 328-1322
[email protected]


Sarasota, FL—Sarasota Youth Opera’s annual Summer Camp engages young people in the magic of opera with sessions in singing, acting, props, wigs, make-up, and costumes, all led by professional singers, artists, directors, musicians, and technicians. Summer Camp sessions will take place from 10am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, between June 10-28, with an option of one week or a combination of both weeks, and will be located at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple, Sarasota, FL 34236. Tuition is based on age and activities, with options for pre and post care available. Tuition assistance is available based upon need.

Opera camp is a unique, hands-on adventure. Here is what campers and parents have to say:
“I was extremely impressed with the camp and all of the experiences that were offered. This is one of the best camps I have seen for children of all ages.” “My child came home wanting to watch/listen to more operas! Thank you for instilling a love for music in my child!” “Each morning as I drove my child to the Opera House, her excitement was so palpable, and she would sing the music of the operas she was learning. The same happened as I drove her home. Not only was she happy, but it made my day.” “My kids loved every moment. Opera camp is literally their favorite time of year!"

No audition is necessary to participate in the Sarasota Youth Opera Summer Camp, and the programs are designed for all skill levels. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 10, 2019. 

For more information and to register, call 941-328-1307 or email [email protected].

About Sarasota Youth Opera

Since 1984, Sarasota Youth Opera has given thousands of young people an opportunity to experience opera first hand through participation in after-school choruses, Sarasota Opera mainstage productions, summer workshops, and fully staged Youth Opera productions. As the only program in the United States committed to presenting annual full-scale opera productions for young voices, accepting all who wish to participate regardless of skill level or ability to pay, Sarasota Youth Opera is a national model for opera education.

Youth Opera Choruses: Beginning at age 8, singers are placed in one of two chorus levels. Each chorus provides a setting for everyone to participate and progress at their own level as they gain greater skills and experience. Selections performed are made up of classical music, which includes opera and choral pieces in different languages. The choruses perform throughout the community in formal concerts and outreach events.

Opera Mainstage Season: Members of the Youth Opera are selected to join Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival season, appearing in the mainstage children’s chorus, as supernumeraries (extras who perform non-singing roles) and for special roles written by the composer for children's voices. In recent seasons these have included roles in La bohème, Tosca, Carmen, and--in the upcoming 2019 Winter Festival—The Magic Flute and Turandot. Singers are involved in the complete production process – from early music and dramatic rehearsals to performing alongside opera professionals.

Youth Opera Productions: Part of Sarasota Opera’s commitment to young people includes the commissioning of new operatic works written for children and young adults. Six new works have been presented as part of this mission: Deadline (1989), Polly Pen’s Her Lightness (1993), Tom Suta’s Eye of Ra (1998), John Kennedy’s The Language of Birds (2004), Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland (2012) and Rachel J. Peters’ Rootabaga Country (2017). Members take part in the making of each opera, complete with professional staging, costumes, lighting, sound, and orchestral accompaniment.


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