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The Sarasota Opera: Attend Three Operas

Program Number: 13578RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/28/2013 - 3/4/2013; 3/5/2015 - 3/9/2015; 3/12/2015 - 3/16/2015; 3/19/2015 - 3/23/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Price starting at: $978.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; Music Appreciation
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Curtains up, it’s opening night! Home to more than just swaying palms and sand beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota is also home to a true ommagio operatico. Join us for an exploration into the dramatic world of opera as the prestigious Sarasota Opera Company opens its 56th season at the magnificent Mediterranean Revival-style Edwards Theater. Feel the gaiety in a vibrato, the sadness of an aria lamentosa, and enjoy an intermezzo exploring the colorful, artistic streets of Florida’s capital of culture.




Highlights

• Go backstage with performers and technicians and take a peek at the rich costumes as you delve into opera beyond the stage.
• Receive expert instruction from veterans of the stage and divas in their own right, as you analyze, review and critique the performances.
• Take advantage of historic downtown Sarasota’s eclectic culinary scene during a dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of the Sarasota Opera House.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

2-28-2013

Attend the following three operas: "Pearl Fishers, A King, Turandot."



3-19-2015

On this date only, lodgings are at a four-star hotel with all the same amenities, but closer to downtown and offering complimentary shuttle service within five miles, including to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.



Coordinated by the Friendship Centers.




Sarasota

Situated on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast, Sarasota is rich in cultural treasures and recreational attractions within a short driving distance, including the outstanding John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus, art galleries, golf courses and beaches.



Accommodations
Four-star hotel with swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center on Lake Osprey, except on March 19 program. On this date only, lodgings are at a four-star hotel with all the same amenities, but closer to downtown and offering complimentary shuttle service within five miles, including to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sharon Ohrenstein

Sharon Ohrenstein has worn various hats in the performing arts, including that of singer, actress, writer/lyricist, director, and one-half of the concert duo “The Ohs.” She portrayed Marie Dindon in “La Cage Aux Folles” and has starred in productions such as “The Sound of Music” and “La Bohème.” Sharon has also directed “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “The Glass Menagerie.” Sharon has appeared on television and screen and is working on a screenplay.
 
Barney FitzGerald

Barney is a professional actor, costume designer and director who has been involved with show business for over 40 years. He was the resident costume designer for Coastal Theatre Productions for 17 years, and for the past 13 years, has worked as the assistant to the resident costume designer for the Sarasota Opera. His designs have graced stages around the country and toured as far as the Far East. When not at home in Sarasota, he can be found designing for the Chautauqua Opera in New York.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
  Sarasota, FL 4 nights
 Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.
  Contact info: 6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com
  Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.
  Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $119-$149 AAA Rate Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $119-$149 AAA Rate Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Meet between 3:00-4:45pm in the hotel meeting room for registration. You will be staying at Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:30am followed by a box lunch. You will be staying at Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Sarasota, FL
  Nearest highway: I-75
  Nearest airport:  Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Sarasota, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sarasota Tampa Express
phone: 941-032-6280
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 to SRQ Airport or office of Sarasota Tampa Express
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 20 min 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Please call in advance for reservations. You will then need to call a taxi to get yourself to the hotel. They can tell you who to call.

 

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Diplomat Taxi
phone: 941-365-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 min. 

 

Distance:

 

5-6 miles

   

Taxis are readily available 24hrs a day at the SRQ Airport.

 

Tampa International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Starlight Limousine
phone: 941-957-6761
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $85 to hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 10 min 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

They use executive town cars and SUVs, please ask for Rick.

 
Driving Directions
  I-75 Sarasota, FL & SRQ Airport From I-75 North or South take exit 213 University Parkway, East, right on Lake Osprey Drive, Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch is on the left. From Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, East on University Parkway - 7 miles, right on Lake Osprey Drive, Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch is on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions, Preview of "The Pearl Fishers."
(Thursday, February 28)

Note: Participants do not leave the hotel grounds tonight.



   
 Arrive To: Registration is between 3:00 - 4:45pm. Hotel check-in is at 4:00pm, room may be ready earlier.
 Afternoon: At 5:00 Orientation of the week and introductions.
 Dinner: Dinner will be catered in at the hotel at 6:00pm. Forms are sent out in advance to see if participants are vegetarian. We can't provide special dietary needs meals, if necessary please make your own personal arrangements if needed.
 Evening: Preview of "The Pearl Fishers,' by an opera singer.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Opera House Behind the Scenes, Noon Concert of Apprentice Singers, Evening performance of "The Pearl Fishers."
(Friday, March 1)

Note: Walk behind the scenes involves walking at a moderate pace inside the opera house. There are elevators when we visit the costume shop on the second floor. Participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible. Participants walk to the restaurant of their choice for lunch, many within one block of the opera house.



   
 Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Go behind the scenes with a local expert at the Sarasota Opera House, including the costume shop. (Short break) Noon Concert of Apprentice Opera Singers
 Lunch: Lunch will be on your own in charming Downtown Sarasota.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Explore on your own Sarasota's Downtown, architecture, art galleries, library and much more!

Back to the hotel before dinner and opera.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant on the way to the opera house.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: "The Pearl Fishers"/Georges Bizet. The Pearl Fishers is the story of two men, Nadir and Zurga, whose vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their mutual love for the same woman, the priestess Leila. This proven Sarasota Opera audience favorite features the often-performed Act I duet for tenor and baritone, Au fond du temple saint.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Opera, Talkback on "Pearl Fishers," and Preview of "A King for a Day"/OPENING NIGHT "A King for a Day"
(Saturday, March 2)

Note: Minimal walking today, participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible.



   
 Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Intro to opera and its voices. Coffee Break PRESENTATION: Talkback on "Pearl Fishers"
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction of "A King for a Day"
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: OPENING NIGHT! "A King for a Day"/VERDI. In Verdi's second opera, the comedy A King for a Day, the King of Poland hides from his enemies by asking an unknown knight to impersonate him. The result of his plot is a series of amorous intrigues within the court, as all are drawn into the increasing confusion.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Talkback on "A King," Preview of "Turandot," and Matinee of "Turandot," Dinner will be on your own at St Armands Circle
(Sunday, March 3)

Note: Minimal walking today, participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible. Bus will drop off participants at St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own, some restaurants are close to the drop off point and some are a great distance under one mile.



   
 Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Talkback on "A King for a Day" Coffee Break PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction of "Turandot"
 Lunch: Socialize over lunch with your fellow students at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: "Turandot" / PUCCINI at 1:30 pm. Set in ancient China, the opera tells the story of the beautiful princess Turandot. Men travel the world to risk their lives by trying to solve three riddles. With the correct answers, one will win the heart of the ice princess, but the wrong answer brings death. Boasting some of the Puccini's most glorious music, including the famous tenor aria Nessun Dorma, Turandot will be the largest production ever staged at Sarasota Opera.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. A bus will depart for St. Armands Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants; shop for trinkets and treasures, high fashion and home decor; from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts, you'll find it all on St. Armands Circle.
 Evening: Continue to explore the rich history and statuary placed by John Ringling on St. Armands Circle.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota Opera House will share trade secrets. Lunch immediately follows class.
(Monday, March 4)

Note: Participants do not leave the hotel grounds until program ends.



   
 Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota Opera House will share trade secrets from 9:00-10:30am. Check-out of room by 11:00am.
 Lunch: A box lunch is offered at 10:30am on the last day to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Program ends after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sarasota, FL Sarasota Area
Sarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. Sarasota Polo Club is located not far from the hotel. For additional information, visit www.SARASOTACHAMBER.ORG
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Pavarotti: My World


Author: Luciano Pavarotti


Maria Callas: A Musical Biography


Author: Robert Levine


The Joy of Music – the chapters – “The American Musical Comedy” and “What Makes Opera Grand”


Author: Leonard Bernstein


Bubbles: A Self-Portrait


Author: Beverly Sills




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