Sarasota Opera Announces Special Fall Performances

By Logan Martell

Sarasota Opera has announced the special performances which make up its Fall lineup, with a series of live and streamed concerts, its “HD at the Opera House” presentations, and its touring “OperaMobile” series.

The company’s season will open on Nov. 13, with its first live-streamed concert, entitled “Live from the Sarasota Opera House,” and featuring selections from Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart. The stream will be available to watch for two weeks after its premiere.

Next is “Sarasota Opera at the Gardens,” two outdoor concerts; the first will be at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Downtown Sarasota on Nov. 17; the second will be at Historic Spanish Point on Nov. 19. The program for both nights will be the same, with the audience being limited to 100 people.

Having opened on Oct. 4 with “Carmen,” “HD at the Opera House” will continue on Oct. 18 with the Teatro alla Scala’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” and on Nov. 1 with Teatro Real’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” More titles will be announced in the coming weeks.

On Nov. 9 and 10, Sarasota Opera’s “OperaMobile” will bring music to the area with free, 20-minute concerts featuring two singers and a pianist.

For all live performances, social distancing guidelines will be in effect, with the audience kept apart, masks required at all times, and temperature checks for arriving guests.