LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sarasota Opera to present special fall season performances, complete with safety protocols

October 9, 2020
By Olivia Cameron

To the Editor:
Sarasota Opera will not be silent this fall, with a series of performances now scheduled to include the first live-streamed concert from Sarasota Opera House and two live outdoor performances at the Downtown Sarasota and Historic Spanish Point locations of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. 
The concerts will feature sopranos Hanna Brammer, Anna Mandina, and Caitlin Crabill, tenors Andrew Surrena and Samuel Schlievert, baritone Alexander Boyd, and bass Young Bok Kim, accompanied by Jesse Martins and George Hemcher at the piano. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 12. In addition to these concerts, “HD at the Opera House” presentations are continuing, and the OperaMobile will roll again with free 20-minute performances throughout the greater Sarasota area in early November. Visit SarasotaOpera.org or call the box office at (941) 328-1300 for tickets or more information.
Sarasota Opera’s first live-streamed performance will take place on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House, featuring favorite opera selections by Verdi, Rossini, Puccini, Wagner, and Mozart, accompanied by piano. A limited number of tickets will be available for an in-person, distanced audience at $25-45. Tickets for the live stream are $10. The live stream will be available for viewing for two weeks.
Two outdoor concerts featuring songs celebrating nature and accompanied by piano will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Downtown Sarasota and on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Historic Spanish Point. The musical program will be identical at both garden locations. Attendance at each concert will be limited to 100 people, with tickets at $35.
Sarasota Opera opened the 2020 season of “HD at the Opera House” with Carmen from the Zürich Opera House on Sunday, Oct. 4. The presentations will continue on October 18 with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and on November 1 with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” from Teatro Real in Madrid. Each presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. 
More titles may be added to the schedule in coming weeks. Tickets to “HD at the Opera House” are $20 for single ticket buyers and $18 for current Sarasota Opera subscribers. All seating will be reserved and distanced for safety. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the 10 percent discount of HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.
Monday, Nov. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Sarasota Opera will once again bring beautiful music to the community via the OperaMobile, with two singers and a pianist who will perform a free 20-minute concert at select locations throughout the Sarasota area. Please check SarasotaOpera.org for updates.
To ensure the safety of all attendees of Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season events, all seats will be reserved and distanced. Face masks will be required at all performances, and attendees will be subject to a temperature check. Print-at-home and mobile tickets are now available and ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Tickets will be self-scanned at the theater, limiting contact with ushers and staff. Concessions will be closed, but ticket holders may bring their own water bottle. 
Visitors to the Opera House will note enhanced safety and cleaning measures, as well as signage for traffic flow and distancing. The air conditioning system has been optimized for better air circulation and filtration. Attendees are encouraged to read details on health and safety at sarasotaopera.org/health-and-safety.
Lana Mullin
Public Information
Sarasota Opera