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Il trovatore


2014 Sarasota Opera Production

February 8, 12, 16m, 22, 25, 27, March 2m, 7, 14, 22


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Dramma In Four Parts, Sung In Italian
Poetry By Salvadore Cammarano
With Additions By Leone Emmanuele Bardare
Based On The Play El Trovador By Antonio García Gutiérrez


Victor DeRenzi

Stage Director

Stephanie Sundine

Scenic Designer

Michael Schweikardt

Costume Designer

Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer

Ken Yunker

Make-Up & Hair Designer

Sue Sittko Schaefer

Chorus Master

Roger L. Bingaman

Assistant Conductors

John F. Spencer IV, Tessa Hartle

Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music

Surtitle Translator

Victor DeRenzi


New Production Created By Sarasota Opera






The Count de Luna

David Pershall


Reyna Carguill


Margaret Mezzacappa


Kirk Dougherty


Jeffrey Beruan


Tania Maria Rodriguez*


Thorsteinn Árbjörnsson*

An old gypsy

Blake Hudson**

A messenger

Jared Esguerra**


* Studio Artist

** Apprentice Artist


Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentice And Studio Artists






"This tale is unfolded through some of the most glorious, tune-filled music Verdi gave us, so, for three or so hours, we are able to suspend our sense of reality and allow ourselves to be enveloped in sheer sound.

Sarasota Opera is one of the few important companies in the country that delivers opera the way the composer envisioned it when it was first written. How do we know what Verdi wanted? Victor DeRenzi, the company’s artistic director and conductor, is a Verdi scholar and he’s gone back in time, figuratively speaking, to unearth original concepts, stagings, costumes, scenery and style. If you want to see and hear an opera as the composer intended it at the time he wrote it, Sarasota Opera is the place to be."

- June LeBell, Your Observer


"As is his wont, DeRenzi led an assured performance that stressed the beauty and expressivity of Verdi’s music and let its fervor take care of itself." 

- George Loomis, Classical Voice America


(Photos: Rod Millington / Sarasota Opera)


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