Off-Campus Performance

Provider: Sarasota Opera

Contact: Ben Jewell-Plocher

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: Schools must provide their own transportation

Max. Capacity:

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Through select orchestra dress rehearsals, Sarasota Opera invites students and educators to experience the magic of live opera and interact with performers during intermissions.

Click here for online registration
Click here for our Opera Basics education guide


2018-2019 Opportunities

The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:00-9:30 PM
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Synopsis   Dr. Bartolo plans to marry his ward Rosina, but she has other plans for her future. Figaro, the barber, comes to the rescue and assists Rosina in sneaking, scheming and plotting to marry her beloved Lindoro.

Listen   “Largo al factotum”
Figaro’s famous Act I entrance aria in which he declares that everyone in the city depends on him as barber and general factotum.

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Thursday, Feb. 14 from 12:00-3:00 PM
Sung in German with English supertitles

Synopsis   After being rescued by the Queen of the Night’s three ladies, Tamino is visited by the Queen herself who asks him for help saving her daughter from Sarastro’s evil hands.  With the gift of a magic flute and the help of a new friend, the bird catcher Pagageno, Tamino will find out that heroes and villains aren’t always who they may seem.

Listen   Act I Quintet
In this quintet from Act I, Tamino and Pagageno begin their journey to rescue Pamina with the help of a magic flute, magic bells, and three spirits.

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi

Thursday, Feb. 28 from 12:00-3:30 PM
Sung in Italian with English superititles

Synopsis   Nabucco, king of Babylon, conquers the Hebrews, destroying their temple and taking them into captivity. Meanwhile, his rebellious daughter Abigaille plots to take power and gain the affections of her sister Fenena’s lover, Ismaele. Learning of the coup, the blasphemous Nabucco seizes the crown and declares himself god, but he is struck mad by a thunderbolt. Will he regain his reason, repent, and return the Jews to their homeland?

Listen   “Va, pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
Probably the most well-known opera choruses, and Italy’s unofficial national anthem, this chorus from Act 3 finds the Israelites longing for their homeland.

A Comic Double Bill
Rita by Gaetano Donizetti and Susanna’s Secret by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Thursday, March 7 from 12:00-2:30 PM
Sung in French and Italian with English supertitles

Rita Synopsis   Rita and her husband Peppe own an inn. Peppe, a sweet and timid man, is terrified of his tyrannical wife. When Gaspar, Rita’s first husband whom she believed drowned, comes back, he turns Rita and Peppe’s lives upside down.

Listen   Opening Scene
In this opening aria, Rita exclaims how wonderful her inn and marriage are while simultaneously complaining about her husband, Peppe.

Susanna’s Secret Synopsis   Susanna has a secret she isn’t telling. Her husband, Count Gil, smelling tobacco on his wife’s clothes, is convinved that she is having an affair. He searches and searches, but can’t seem to catch her in the act. What could her secret be?

Listen   Entire Opera

Additional Details

Cost of Tickets:

Chaperone Guidelines:
Schools: 1 adult for every 10 students.
Homeschoolers: 1 adult for every 4 students

Grade Levels:
Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, and Nabucco –  Appropriate for grades six and up
Rita and Susanna’s Secret – Appropriate for grades nine and up

Teachers may, at their own discretion, choose to bring younger students.

Real-Time Translations:
Real-time English translations are displayed above the stage, providing immediate understanding of what is happening, helping you to experience the excitement of the performance no matter what the language.

To Reserve Seats

Fill out our online registration form by clicking here

Transportation Cost:
Transportation must be arranged and paid for by the school.
Need transportation funding? Check out the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Exploration Grants.


Contact Ben Jewell-Plocher, Director of Education
941-328-1307 |


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