Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota

Sarasota Opera House, Sarasota

Your evenings in Sarasota can be as spectacular as your days. To experience pure elegance in the heart of downtown Sarasota, catch an opera or a live concert at the Sarasota Opera House. Have dinner in a nearby restaurant, walk to the opera house, and enjoy a wonderful evening. You can also have drinks in the outdoor courtyard.

The Opera House, previously known as the Edwards Theatre, opened to the public in 1926. The place became a popular entertainment venue with famous performers of the day, such as the vaudeville performer and actor Will Rogers and Ziegfeld Follies Broadway shows. Elvis Presley performed a concert there in 1956. Over the years, it changed management, and it finally closed in 1973.

By the late 1970s, however, opera started to take off in Sarasota. And in 1979, the Asolo Opera Guild decided to purchase Edwards Theatre, renovate it, and rename it the Sarasota Opera House.

Today, the Opera House seats 1,119 in an intimate setting. The Sarasota Opera has performed all of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas, the works of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and French composer Georges Bizet. And for visitors worried about not understanding Italian or French opera, there are English subtitles above the stage.

Besides opera, you can also watch ballet performances, rock concerts, or orchestra renditions.

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Sight Name: Sarasota Opera House
Sight Location: Sarasota, USA (See walking tours in Sarasota)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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