Monday, January 13, 2014

Sarasota Opera's 55th Season: The First Week

The 2013-2014 Sarasota Opera Winter Festival Season has officially begun!  Our Apprentice and Studio artists as well as our production staff have arrived.  Rehearsals are underway, costume fittings have commenced, and the sets for our four dynamic productions are all delivered.  We thought you would enjoy seeing some photos of all the activity around the opera house during the first few days of the season.

 Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Administrator Greg Trupiano officially welcome the 2014 Winter Apprentice and Studio Artists to Sarasota Opera.  

Welcome the 2014 Winter Festival Season Apprentice and Studio Artists

Maestro Roger Bingaman, Chorus master and head of the Apprentice Artist Program, 
discusses the seasons upcoming concerts and outreach performances.  

Rob Holland, Assistant Artistic Administrator, does his best to avoid the camera.

In addition to the start of music rehearsals, the costume shop and backstage crews are busy building and assembling the sets and costumes for this season's productions.  

Casey Costello, one of our Drapers, works on cutting material to begin building a costume. 

Studio Artists Catheryne Shuman, soprano, and Marvin Kehler, tenor, 
being fitted in their costumes for this season.  

The Dutchman's ship for Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

A set piece from Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Daland's house from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

The Wonderful Bradenton Opera Guild and Sarasota Opera Guild hosted a welcome dinner 
for our artists, artistic staff, and production team.  

Members of the Bradenton and Sarasota Opera Guilds

All the enthusiastic recipients of the Guilds generosity.

The smiles on their faces must mean that they are ready for an exciting season of wonderful music making

We hope you have enjoyed this insider's glimpse into the start of Sarasota Opera's 55th season of bringing grand opera to Florida's gulf coast.  We will continue to bring you more pictures from around the opera house as the season continues.  Subscriptions and single tickets are available online at or by calling the Sarasota Opera Box Office at (941) 328-1300.  Don't let yourself miss a note of this exciting season!  

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