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Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House to begin Sunday, May 22

Sunday matinees “HD at the Opera House” to open with “Rigoletto,” “Classic Movies
at the Opera House” Friday night series opens with “In the Heat of the Night”


Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.) Additional movie titles are detailed below.

All seats are general admission. Sarasota Opera is a participant in #SafeArtsSarasota and will be following appropriate health and safety guidelines. At the present time the wearing of a N95, KN95, or KF94 mask is recommended when attending events at the Sarasota Opera House. Health and Safety guidelines will be adjusted should conditions change. Visit SarasotaOpera.org for more information.

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 discounted HD at the Opera House tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.

HD at Sarasota Opera House (Sundays at 1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, May 22, 1:30 p.m.

This special video recording of Verdi’s masterpiece celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851. Director Oliver Mears brings this timeless tragedy into the modern world in this Royal Opera House production, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Cast includes Carlos Álvarez, Liparit Avetisyan, Lisette Oropesa, Brindley Sherratt, and Ramona Zaharia. Running time: 3 hours.

Sunday, June 12, 1:30 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet

This classic ballet features music by Sergey Prokofiev with choreography by legendary Royal Ballet Director Kenneth MacMillan. Staged at The Royal Opera House with principal dancers Mardelino Sambé and Anna-Rose O’Sullivan. Running time: 3 hours, 25 minutes.

Sunday, June 26, 1:30 p.m.
This new La Scala production of Puccini’s impressionistic and unfinished work includes, in this performance, a finale created by Luciano Berio, who worked closely with stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff and La Scala’s Music Director Riccardo Chailly. Cast includes Nina Stemme, Giogio Mereghi, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, and Maria Agresta. Running time: 2 hours, 54 minutes.

Sunday, July 10, 1:30 p.m.

Verdi’s comic opera and final work for the stage is reinterpreted by director Calixto Bieito as an apocalyptic satire on entertainment and prototype of modern society. This Staatsopera Hamburg production boasts a world-class cast with Ambrogio Maestri, “a Falstaff for our times,” Jürgen Sacher, and Maija Kovalevska. Running time: 2 hours, 14 minutes.

Sunday, July 24, 1:30 p.m.
Swan Lake
The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of this classic fairytale features a sublime score by Tchaikovsky with glittering designs by John Macfarlane. Original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and Sir Frederick Ashton. Principal dancers are Lauren Cuthbertson and William Bracewell. Running time 3 hours, 20 minutes.

Sunday, August 7, 1:30 p.m.
La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi’s work of love and lust, life and death, is set in 19th century Paris in this Royal Opera House production. Directed by Richard Eyre, the cast includes Pretty Yende, Stephen Costello, Dimitri Platania, Kseniia Nikolaieva, David Shipley, Angela Simkin, Germán E. Alcántara, Andrés Presno, and Jeremy White. Running time: 3 hours, 40 minutes.

Sunday, August 21, 1:30 p.m.
Antonin Dvorak’s most celebrated creation for the stage and inspired by the folktale Undine and Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, is performed at Teatro Real, Madrid. Directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Ivor Bolton, the cast includes Asmik Grigorian, Eric Cutler, Karita Mattila, and Katarina Dalayman. Running time: 3 hours.

NOTE: In July additional HD at the Opera House movie titles will be announced for screenings on Sunday, September 11, 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25, 1:30 p.m.

Classic Movies at the Opera House (Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
In the Heat of the Night
This 1967 film tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a Black police detective from Philadelphia and Police Chief Bill Gillespie of a small Mississippi town who are forced to work together to unravel a murder mystery, leading them on a line of inquiry that will challenge both of their preconceptions. Winner of five Academy Awards. Directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, and Lee Grant. Running time: 1 hours, 50 minutes.

Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
To Kill a Mockingbird
This 1962 American drama film, directed by Robert Mulligan, is based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film won three, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck who played Atticus Finch. Also starring Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix, and Brock Peters. Running time: 2 hours, 9 minutes.


Friday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler on the Roof
This 1971 epic film centers on Tevye, a poor Jewish father living in Amatevka, who is faced with the challenge of marrying off his five daughters amidst growing tension in his village. Produced and directed by Norman Jewison, the film is an adaption of the 1964 musical and received eight Academy Award nominations, winning three. Starring Chaim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Grey, Molly Picon, and Paul Mann. Running time: 2 hours, 39 minutes.

Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Double Indemnity
This 1944 crime film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay with Raymond Chandler, stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who is accused of killing her husband, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find false claims. Running time: 1 hours, 47 minutes.

Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
This 1950 comedy-drama, directed by Henry Koster, stars James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka named Harvey, a 6 ft. 3 ½ inch tall white invisible rabbit, and the ensuing debacle when the man’s sister tries to have him committed to a sanatorium. Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes.

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Sarasota Opera recently completed its 63rd Season of bringing world-class opera to Florida’s Gulf Coast. The company was launched in 1960 in the historic 320-seat Asolo Theater on the grounds of Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art. In 1984 the company moved into the former A.B. Edwards Theater—now the Sarasota Opera House. Since then, the company has gained an international reputation as one of the leading regional opera companies in the U.S. through initiatives such as the Masterworks Revival Series and the Verdi Cycle. The company’s Sarasota Youth Opera is the most comprehensive Youth Program in the U.S. The Sarasota Opera House, which underwent a $20 million renovation and rehabilitation in 2007, has been called “one of America’s finest venues for opera” by Musical America. Since 1983, the company has been under the artistic leadership of Victor DeRenzi and administrative leadership of General Director Richard Russell since 2012. Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

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