Sarasota Opera Announces 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Courtesy of Sarasota Opera/ Rod Millington)

The Sarasota Opera in Florida has announced its  2020-21 season.

“The variety of the 2020-21 season means that it includes a number of works that have been absent from our stage for some time and some of our audience’s favorites,” says Executive Director Richard Russell. “They also represent several of the great opera composers, including our beloved Giuseppe Verdi.”

2020 Fall Season

The fall season opens on with the return of Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpiece “Don Giovanni,” which was last seen in 2011. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime, and retribution centers around the infamous womanizer who leaves a path of broken hearts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30-Nov.15, 2020

Sarasota Youth Opera will present Dean Burry’s “The Hobbit.” Last seen in 2014, the work is based on the famed book by Tolkien, which was also transformed into a film trilogy.

Performance Dates: Nov. 13 & 14, 2020

2021 Winter Opera Festival

The 2021 Winter Opera Festival opens with Puccini thriller “Tosca,” written by Giacosa and Illica. Puccini’s work, which returns to the stage for the first time since 2015, is filled with jealousy, violence and especially glorious music.

Performance Dates: Feb. 6-March 20, 2021.

Donizetti’s comic “La Fille du Regiment” returns to the Sarasota stage for the first time since 1987. The opera’s libretto was written by Cormon and Michel Carré.

Performance Dates: Feb. 13-March 13, 2021

Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” is revived for Florida audiences for the time since 2013. The work, which was written by Cormon and Carré, features one of the most beloved duets in the repertoire, “Au fond du Temple Saint.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 20-March 20, 2021

Verdi’s “Attila” concludes the season and returns to the Sarasota stage for the first time since 2007. The opera was written by Solera.

Performance Dates: March 6-21, 2021

Casting to be announced.