Sarasota Opera’s 2022-23 season features ‘familiar and beloved’ works

SARASOTA, Florida — Sarasota Opera House says its 2022-23 season will feature works “both familiar and beloved,” as well as two operas the company has never performed, according to a press release.

The fall 2022 season will feature “The Secret Marriage” by Domenico Cimarosa, as well as a Sarasota Youth Opera production, “The Secret World of Og” by Dean Burry.

Opening the 2023 Winter Opera Festival on February 18 will be “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, followed by “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Ernani” by Giuseppe Verdi and “Thérèse” by Jules Massenet.

“While we hope to return closer to normal, we are delighted to present a varied season with some of our favorite works, as well as operas we have never performed before,” said Richard Russell, Managing Director.

Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi added, “In our 64th season, we look forward to bringing important and lesser-known operas to our audiences, including one that has never been seen before in an American opera.”

Fall season 2022

The fall season opens Oct. 28 with Cimarosa’s “The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto),” a Sarasota opera debut. A rising dad wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is ready to buy her way in. When the potential suitor arrives, his gaze falls on the younger daughter instead. But she secretly married her father’s clerk.

Although not often performed, this comic opera was such a hit when it premiered that audiences insisted on an encore of the entire opera, Sarasota Opera said.

Sarasota Youth Opera will also perform Burry’s “The Secret World of Og” on November 5-6. A group of siblings venture into the dark underworld of the Ogs to rescue their little brother and their cat. This story has been a favorite of Canadian children since it was published in the 1960s by Canadian children’s author Pierre Berton.

Winter Opera Festival 2023

The 2023 Winter Opera Festival will open on February 18 with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept away by a United States Navy officer. Left with the promise that he would one day return, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, only to meet heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies.

Ten performances of this opera are scheduled: February 18, 21, 23 and 26, and March 1, 4, 10, 15, 21 and 24.

“Don Giovanni”, Mozart’s most famous opera, is a comic and tragic masterpiece. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime and retaliation centers on infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a path of broken hearts wherever he goes, said the Sarasota Opera House.

Eight performances are scheduled for February 25 and 28 and March 2, 5, 8, 12, 18 and 25.

In Verdi’s “Ernani,” the bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of Verdi’s greatest early works encompasses love, honor and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias and a moving score, Sarasota Opera has said.

Six performances are scheduled for March 11, 14, 16, 18, 22 and 26.

Another Sarasota Opera debut — as well as a professional premiere in the United States — is Massenet’s “Thérèse.” A love triangle during the French Revolution serves as the setting for this rarely heard work. Thérèse is torn between love for her former lover and her affection and her duty towards her husband. Moments of lyrical beauty are punctuated by the drama of “Reign of Terror” in this opera.

Five performances are scheduled for March 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25.