Sarasota Opera will be hosting two showings of the 1954 classic “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye on Friday, December 12th at 7pm and again on Saturday, December 13th at 1:30pm

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at Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera to introduce classic films to the “HD at the Opera House” series

Sarasota, FL – As a continuation of its popular “HD at the Opera House” series, Sarasota Opera will be hosting two showings of the 1954 classic “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. The showings will be on Friday, December 12th at 7pm and again on Saturday, December 13th at 1:30pm.

“We were surprised and thrilled at the overwhelming response we had to the first ‘HD at the Opera House’ series this past summer,” says Executive Director Richard Russell. “Next season we plan to expand the series to include classic films so we thought this would be a wonderful way to introduce that new component to our audience.”

What:                  HD at the Opera House presents “White Christmas”
When:                  Friday, December 12th at 7pm
Saturday, December 13th at 1:30pm
Where:                Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with a valid student ID, and can be purchased now online at www.sarasotaopera.org or at the Sarasota Opera Box Office.

HD at the Opera House
Sarasota Opera launched its “HD at the Opera House” series last April after receiving several grants allowing the company to purchase projection equipment for the opera house. The goal of the series is to expand Sarasota Opera’s programming from the fall and winter season to year-around showing operas as well as theatrical and ballet presentations from around the world. In just its first season, the “HD at the Opera House” far exceeded the company’s expectations in both revenue and popularity.

About Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera, fondly known as “Verdi’s American Home”, enters its 56th consecutive season of bringing world class opera to the southwest gulf coast.  Consistently garnering international attention as one of the few places to experience rarely performed operatic works, Sarasota Opera continues to distinguish itself as one of the premiere opera companies in the United States by finding innovation through tradition. The 2014-2015 festival season will include Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely seen The Golden Cockerel, and Verdi’s Don Carlos, the original Paris version, continuing Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle, the company’s commitment to performing all the works of Verdi by 2016.

 

Sarasota Opera makes it’s home in the historic Sarasota Opera House which has been referred to as “one of America’s finest venues for opera” by the prestigious Musical America.  Originally built in 1926 as the A.B. Edwards Theater, the building was purchased by the opera company in 1979 and officially raised its curtain as the Sarasota Opera House in 1984.  From 2007-2008, the building underwent a $20-million top-to-bottom renovation and restoration.  The intimate scale of the theater (with 1,119 seats) and its excellent acoustics make it the perfect place to experience the magic of opera.

 

Sarasota Opera is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Programs are supported in part by an award the Tourist Development Tax through the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Sarasota County Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the City of Sarasota and the County of Sarasota.

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