Sarasota Opera has just announced its plans for the 2015-2016 fall and winter season, the most climactic in the company’s 56 year history. The season will feature the final two installments of the 28 year Verdi Cycle – The Battle of Legnano and Aida- in a grand spectacle of music, vocal prowess, awe-inspiring choruses, sumptuous scenery, and luxurious costumes. In addition, Sarasota Opera will present Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Based in Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, Sarasota Opera is approaching its 56th consecutive season. In 1960, the company began presenting chamber-sized repertoire in the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. Recognizing the need for a theater more conducive to opera, the company purchased the former A.B. Edwards Theater in downtown Sarasota in 1979 and first performing in it in 1984 as the Sarasota Opera House. The theater has just undergone a $20-million renovation and rehabilitation 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.
La bohème by Giacomo Puccini – October 30, November 1,, 4, 10, 12, 15m, 17
Starting off the season in the Fall, Sarasota Opera will present Puccini’s most beloved opera—La bohème. Relive Mimì and Rodolfo’s first encounter, walk through Paris’ Latin Quarter with the two lovers, and celebrate Christmas Eve at the Cafè Momus.
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi – January 30, 2016 | February 4, 7m, 10, 20, 23, 28 | March 2, 5, 13, 15, 19
One of opera’s most beloved tales of the mythic love triangle between a slave, a vengeful princess, and a great warrior will make its Sarasota Opera debut opening the season on January 30th.
Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – February 6, 9, 11, 14m, 17, 21m, 26 | March 4, 12
Così fan tutte literally means “All women do this.” Two young soldiers are convinced to pull a prank on their brides-to-be, and put the women’s faithfulness to the test. Mozart’s enthralling comedy and masterful score will lighten your heart and make for an evening of great fun.