Friday, June 29, 2007

Youth Opera Blog Cancelled

Due to some technical issues, Zoë Fry has been unable to blog about the Sarasota Youth Opera's Tuscany trip in the Sarasota Herald Tribune as planned.

Once the Youth Opera has returned she will be writing a recap for the paper.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Edwards Theater, 1926

The Sarasota Opera House was built in 1926 as the Edwards Theater. Below you can see the construction of the theater, as well as the original facade just before opening. click the images for full-sized versions.

Opera House Exterior Changes

Hello, my name is Peter Hussell, and I am the renovation Coordinator here at Sarasota Opera. As many of you know, we are in the midst of a major renovation to the Opera House which began March 5, 2007. As the first of many posts of renovation photos, here is a sequence of photos taken over the past four months, showing the changes to the exterior of the Opera House. Click for full-sized images, enjoy!

March 22, 2007

Skylight removal, April 17, 2007

Tile roof removal, May 17, 2007

Re-roofing begins, June 5, 2007

New skylight frame being installed, June 19, 2007

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Welcome to the Sarasota Opera Blog

It is an exciting time at Sarasota Opera and I'd like to invite you to stay up-to-date with all of the great things that are happening to the company. Our historic 1926 Sarasota Opera House is currently undergoing a $20 million transformation. If you stop by, you'll see a construction barrier blocking the front of the theater. But check back here regularly and we'll give you a sneak peak at what's going on inside.

Also keep informed about our operas, singers, patrons, staff, and all of the wonderful things going on at Sarasota Opera.

Please don't hesitate to email us at and let us know if this is a useful resource for you and if you have any suggestions for future posts.