Sarasota Opera in Florida has announced major changes for its 2021 Winter Opera Festival.
The company revealed that it will present two live operas in February and March as well as a second two-opera season in April.
“We are both optimistic and committed to adapting our art to the challenges of today’s world,” Executive Director Richard Russell stated in a press release. “Our sold-out Fall Season performances show that audiences are eager for live opera to return to the stage of the Sarasota Opera House.”
The season will kick off with Rossini’s “L’inganno felice.” The opera will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Performance Dates: Feb. 12-25, 2021
Next up will be Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona,” which will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Performance Dates: Feb. 19-March 4, 2021
The April slate will also feature more Rossini, this time with “Il Signor Bruschino.” The opera will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.
Performance Dates: April 9-24, 2021
The season comes to a close with Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas.”The opera will be presented in English and will also feature subtitles.
Performance Dates: April 11-25, 2021
The company also announced that all four operas will be live streamed with tickets for individual operas or all four available at the official website. All live performances will only feature an audience limit of 275, 20 percent of its 1,119-person capacity. The company will also employ other safety protocols including mandatory masks and cleaning procedures as well as testing to ensure the safety of all performers and audience members.