Sarasota Opera Cancels Mainstage Productions, Explores Alternative Programming for Fall Season

By Logan Martell

Due to the ongoing theater closures, Sarasota Opera has announced the cancellation of its scheduled production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” as well as the Sarasota Youth Opera’s production of “The Hobbit.” The company will be exploring alternative programming for its fall season.

Currently, the company is planning a live-streamed recital of resident artists on Nov. 13, 2020, with the possibility of a live audience depending on health regulations at the time of the performance. It is also planning the return of the “OperaMobile,” which will see the company’s artists sing at venues throughout the city. The company also hopes to begin an “HD at the Opera House” and “Classic Movies at the Opera House” series in September or October.

Currently, no changes have been announced for Sarasota Opera’s Winter Opera Festival, scheduled to run from February 6 to March 21, 2020, but they have stated that they will act in accordance with local regulations at the time.

“Despite our disappointment in having to cancel our mainstage activities, we do not plan to be silent,” says Executive Director Richard Russell in a press release. “Our intention is that opera remains in the hearts and minds of our supporters, our audience, and our community through this difficult time.”