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Address: 61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number: 941-366-8450
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Description: Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the opera opera...
Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the opera opera companies in the world. Season after season, Sarasota Opera presents world-class musicians and performances in the striking 1,119 seat Mediterranean style Sarasota Opera house. The fall season consists of one opera performed in October-November followed by the four opera Winter Opera Festival that runs all of February and March. Each season brings a mixture of classic favorites and rarely heard gems. All performances have simultaneous English translations above the stage and opera goers are encouraged to dress as they feel comfortable: suits and ties mix with khaki and jeans. Tickets start at only $19!! Come and experience the magic that is Sarasota Opera!
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Tosca Comes to Town

This 1926 building was a popular entertainment center and even hosted Cecil B. DeMille's "Greatest Show on Earth" which was filmed in Sarasota. Now it is the home of some of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Dunedin, Florida
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Dunedin, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This 1926 building was a popular entertainment center and even hosted Cecil B. DeMille's "Greatest Show on Earth" which was filmed in Sarasota. Now it is the home of some of the greatest operas produced! The charming design and helpful staff makes this venue a popular experience. The orchestra was outstanding & the acoustics superb. There is not a bad... More 

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Newton, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Sarasota opera had a season that puts it in the front rank of American Opera Companies. Everything from the singers who were well chosen to the sets and the orchestra was great. After each performance I left the theater totally enthused.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Last evening we attended the opera - Tosca! What a remarkable cast! The 2015 winter festival at the W. Schmidt Opera Theatre was the venue for Tosca. We were fortunate purchasing seats at the box office the week before. Kara Shay Thomson was excellent as Tosca.! Great performances, wonderful orchestra, a truly remarkable evening!

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Englewood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We had tickets for the matinee performance of the Russian opera, The Golden Cockerel, and we arrived early so we could attend the introduction presentation by one of the Sarasota Opera's experts. The introduction presentation was good and cleared up the question of what kind of an opera performance would we see at 1:30 pm on Sunday! During the first... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This year's production of Tosca and Figaro have been world class. Although singers are not in the same league as the Met, they display youthful vigor and outstanding acting ability. The musicians and sets are superb, making these performances memorable. Yet to see this season is Cockerel and Don Carlo, but judging from the local paper's reviews they surely will... More 

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

" Marriage of Figaro" .The seats were very comfortable. Unfortunately, our seats were in the balcony which made it hard for my husband to see. Good Performance... Went to eat at Patricks, first and walked around Sarasota, great night out. The Opera House itself is beautiful...People were very dressed up or not, and no shorts.(for the evening)

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Everyone is raving (and so well deserved) about the sets and costumes ... but the singing (in Russian) and the music (Rimsky Korsokov) is just as delightful and intriguing. My advise is to read the synopsis and libretto. Although you have subtitles, some music can be missed as you read since this is a less familiar work. Do your homework,... More 

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NYC
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160 reviews 160 reviews
13 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We attended opening night of Tosca and were delighted. The opera house itself is wonderful, dating back to 1926 and having undergone a major restoration in 2008. The staging was excellent, the orchestra phenomenal, and the characters of Tosca, Scarpio and the Sacristan well voiced and superbly acted.

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Sarasota, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

If you like Opera, you cannot help but like this Opera House and everything about it (except for the space between the rows). The performances are as good and sometimes better than some of the biggest names, including the Met, LaScala etc. The staging, the orchestra, the performers absolutely outstanding. We that live in Sarasota and are opera enthusiasts are... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I am a native and remember when the opera house was first built. David Hall supervised the original construction. It has come a long way toward excellence since the first opening. The Opera house is built around the remnants of the old Ritz movie theater and was engineered to get the theater up to acoustic excellence. I have seen a... More 

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