Sarasota Opera “HD at the Opera House” Series

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Date(s) - 07/23/2017 - 08/27/2017
12:00 am


Season to include weekly matinee productions of Opera, Ballet, and Theater

from around the world

Subscriptions for the 2017/18 Sarasota Opera Festival Season now available

Sarasota Opera’s lineup for the 2017 season of “HD at the Opera House”

This weekly Sunday afternoon series of filmed performances, which debuted in 2014, has allowed Sarasota Opera to expand its programming from the fall and winter season to year-around. In addition to Opera, the 2017 series will include presentations of Ballet and Theater from some of the world’s most famous venues, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London; the Paris Opera; Teatro alla Scala in Milan; the Salzburg Festival; and the San Franscico Opera. All screenings will occur in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre at the Sarasota Opera House.

“The popularity of this series has increased each season,” says Executive Director Richard Russell. “We look forward to offering another season of exciting selections that will appeal and intrigue arts lovers across the board.”


Highlights of the HD at the Opera House season includes the ballet and operatic versions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the Stratford Festival, the original 1904 La Scala version of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, and the popular musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, captured live at the San Francisco Opera.


HD at the Opera House

Select presentations will be preceded by a 15 minute welcome and pre-show introduction.



Show Boat

Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein

San Francisco Opera
Starring Patricia Racette and Morris Robinson

Sunday, July 23rd at 1:30pm

Love’s Labours Lost

William Shakespeare

Production from the Stratford Festival, Canada
Sunday, July 30th at 1:30pm


Giuseppe Verdi

Production from the Royal Opera, London
Starring Jonas Kaufmann, conducted by Antonio Pappano
Sunday, August 6th at 1:30pm

Swan Lake

Production from the Opera de Paris

Sunday, August 13th at 1:30pm

Cavalleria Rusticana

Pietro Mascagni


Ruggero Leoncavallo

Production from the Salzburg Festival, Austria
Starring Jonas Kaufmann

Sunday, August 20th at 1:30pm


Charles Gounod
Production from  the Teatro Regio, Turin
Starring Charles Castronovo and Ildar Abdrazakov
Sunday, August 27 at 1:30 p.m.


Additional screenings in September to be announced.


Tickets are $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers (a 10% discount) and $20 for single ticket buyers. All seating is general admission. Information and tickets can be found online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. You can also visit the Sarasota Opera Box Office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Sarasota Opera Subscribers who wish to receive the 10% discount must contact the Sarasota Opera Box Office directly.


Subscriptions for the 2017/18 Sarasota Opera Festival Season are now available for purchase online at, by phone t (941) 328-1300 or in person at the Sarasota Opera Box Office. Subscriptions must be purchased before Sunday, April 15th to enjoy the deepest discounts.  Single tickets go on-sale exclusively online Tuesday, August 1, 2017 and in the box office Friday, September 1, 2017.


Sarasota Opera was awarded grants in 2014 from the William and Marie Selby Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to purchase film projection equipment for the Opera House, and an additional “Building Opera Audiences” grant from Opera America to support marketing.

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