Curtain’s Up! See Puccini’s Turandot – Live at the Sarasota Opera
Sunday, March 3 | $325 per person (Half-Day Excursion)
Celebrating its 60th season, enjoy an afternoon at the prestigious Sarasota Opera Company. In the Opera House, as the lights go down, the outside world fades – from the center orchestra seats you are now in a world of kings and queens, passionate love and hate, heroes and villains. Accompanying you on this operatic journey is Maestro Peter Leonard.
Born in Boston, Peter Leonard has lived and worked extensively in Germany, holding positions as Music Director and Intendant (General Director). Recent guest conducting appearances have included a new production of Aida with the Belgrade National Theatre; Eugene Onegin at Chautauqua Opera; and concerts at Berlin’s Classic Open Air Festival on the Gendarmenmarkt.
Following the matinee, Maestro Leonard will lead an engaging discussion over dinner at the exquisite Bijou Café.
Located in the Theatre and Arts District of downtown Sarasota, the Bijou Cafè has been a treasured staple of the Sarasota restaurant scene since opening in 1986. The menu is inspired by the French and South African heritage of owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs and elevated by Chef Ryan William’s inventive passion for using local ingredients and sustainable seafood.
Round trip transportation from Boca Grande is included. This trip is limited to 24 people. Call the office (941-964-0827) to reserve a spot!
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
In exile, Prince Calaf wanders outside the Chinese Imperial Palace, where any man seeking the love of Princess Turandot must answer three riddles. If they succeed, the reward will be the princess’ hand – if they fail, execution. After a glimpse of Turandot’s fabled beauty, Calaf declares his intention of meeting the challenge and winning the Princess’ heart.