The Sarasota Opera: Attend Three Operas
Attend three operas at the historic Sarasota Opera House, speak with a stage director and go backstage to learn about production. Plus, explore Sarasota’s historic downtown!
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Program No. 13578RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

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 59th season at the magnificent Mediterranean Revival-style Edwards Theater. Feel the gaiety in a vibrato and the sadness of an aria lamentosa, and enjoy an intermezzo exploring the colorful, artistic streets of Florida’s capital of culture.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Sharon Lesley 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.
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