The latest 2022-23 season announcement: The Sarasota Opera is unveiling its season, which will include works both familiar and popular as well as two operas never before performed by the company.
The season launches in the fall with Domenico Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto), in which a social-climbing father wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat—but there are complications. The comic opera is not often seen, but it will have five performances here, Oct. 28 and 30, Nov. 8, 10 and 12, in its Sarasota Opera debut.
Sarasota Youth Opera will present Dean Burry’s The Secret World of Og, last seen here in 2016, on Nov. 5 and 6. The story follows a group of siblings venturing into a dark subterranean world to rescue their baby brother and cat.
The 2023 Winter Opera Festival of four operas opens Feb. 18 with Puccini’s ever-popular tragedy Madama Butterfly. The tale of a young geisha who meets with heartbreak after being swept off her feet by an American Naval officer will receive 10 performances, Feb. 18, 21, 23, 26, and March 1, 4, 10, 15, 21 and 24.
Mozart’s most famous opera, the comic/tragic masterpiece Don Giovanni, takes the next spot in the 2023 season. Last seen in Sarasota in 2011, Don Giovanni tells the story of the infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a trail of heartache in his wake, in eight performances, Feb. 25 and 28, and March 2, 5, 8, 12, 18 and 25.
A Verdi opera not seen here since 1997 bows next. In Ernani, the bandit of the title has lost his land, wealth and title, and faces competition in the pursuit of his true love, Elvira. Six performances, March 11, 14, 16, 18, 22 and 26.
Finally, Jules Massenet’s Thérèse will close out the winter festival season, March 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25. It centers on a love triangle during the French Revolution, and it will be not only a Sarasota Opera debut, but a U.S. professional premiere. Five performances only.
Casting for the season will be announced at a later date, but in the meantime, for more information on the season visit sarasotaopera.org or call (941) 328-1300. Subscriptions will be available for renewal March 28, 2022; single tickets will go on sale online Aug. 1.