Summer movies at the Sarasota Opera House will begin in May


The Sarasota Opera has announced the lineup for the 2022 Summer Film Series: HD at the Opera and Classic Films at the Opera. HD at the Opera with filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday May 22 at 1:30 p.m. with Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets for $22 and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series kicks off with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. with tickets for $12. (Tickets go on sale starting Monday, May 2.) Other movie titles are detailed below.

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Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets are available online at or by calling (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive the discounted HD tickets to the Opera should contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly.

HD at the Sarasota Opera House (Sundays at 1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, May 22, 1:30 p.m.


This special video recording of Verdi’s masterpiece celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851. Director Oliver Mears brings this timeless tragedy into the modern world in this Royal Opera House production, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. The cast includes Carlos Álvarez, Liparit Avetisyan, Lisette Oropesa, Brindley Sherratt and Ramona Zaharia. Operating time: 3 hours.

Sunday, June 12, 1:30 p.m.

Romeo and Juliet

This classic ballet features music by Sergey Prokofiev with choreography by legendary Royal Ballet director Kenneth MacMillan. Staged at the Royal Opera House with principal dancers Mardelino Sambé and Anna-Rose O’Sullivan. Duration: 3 hours, 25 minutes.

Sunday, June 26, 1:30 p.m.


This new La Scala production of Puccini’s impressionistic and unfinished work includes, in this performance, a finale created by Luciano Berio, who worked closely with director Nikolaus Lehnhoff and La Scala’s musical director, Riccardo Chailly. The cast includes Nina Stemme, Giogio Mereghi, Alexander Tsymbalyuk and Maria Agresta. Duration: 2 hours 54 minutes.

Sunday, July 10, 1:30 p.m.


Verdi’s comic opera and final work for the stage is reinterpreted by director Calixto Bieito as an apocalyptic satire of entertainment and a prototype of modern society. This Hamburg Staatsopera production benefits from a world-class cast with Ambrogio Maestri, “a Falstaff of our time”, Jürgen Sacher and Maija Kovalevska. Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes.

Sunday, July 24, 1:30 p.m.

Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet’s lavish production of this classic fairy tale features a sublime score by Tchaikovsky with scintillating drawings by John MacFarlane. Original choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and Sir Frederick Ashton. The principal dancers are Lauren Cuthbertson and William Bracewell. Duration 3 hours, 20 minutes.

Sunday, August 7, 1:30 p.m.

The traviata

Giuseppe Verdi’s work of love and lust, life and death is set in 19th century Paris in this Royal Opera House production. Directed by Richard Eyre, the cast includes Pretty Yende, Stephen Costello, Dimitri Platania, Kseniia Nikolaieva, David Shipley, Angela Simkin, Germán E. Alcántara, Andrés Presno and Jeremy White. Duration: 3h40.

Sunday, August 21, 1:30 p.m.


Antonin Dvorak’s most famous theatrical creation, inspired by the folk tale Ondine and Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, is presented at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Directed by Christof Loy and directed by Ivor Bolton, the cast includes Asmik Grigorian, Eric Cutler, Karita Mattila and Katarina Dalayman. Operating time: 3 hours.

NOTE: In July, additional HD movie titles at the Opera will be announced for screenings on Sunday, September 11 at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Classic films at the Opera (Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.

In the heat of the Night

This 1967 film tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia police detective, and small-town Mississippi police chief Bill Gillespie who are forced to work together to solve a murder mystery, leading them on an investigative trail that will challenge both of their preconceptions. Winner of five Oscars. Directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates and Lee Grant. Duration: 1h50.

Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

Kill a mockingbird

This 1962 American drama film, directed by Robert Mulligan, is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel. Nominated for eight Oscars, the film won three, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck who played Atticus Finch. Also starring Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Ruth White, Paul Fix and Brock Peters. Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes.

Friday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.

fiddler on the roof

This epic 1971 film centers on Tevye, a poor Jewish father living in Amatevka, who faces the challenge of marrying off his five daughters amid growing tension in his village. Produced and directed by Norman Jewison, the film is an adaptation of the 1964 musical and received eight Oscar nominations, including three. With Chaim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Grey, Molly Picon and Paul Mann. Duration: 2 hours 39 minutes.

Friday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

Double Indemnity

This 1944 noir crime film, directed by Billy Wilder, who co-wrote the screenplay with Raymond Chandler, stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a defiant housewife accused of killing her husband. , and Edward G. Robinson as an adjuster whose job it is to find bogus claims. Duration: 1h47.

Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.


This 1950 comedy-drama, directed by Henry Koster, stars James Stewart and Josephine Hull. The story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka named Harvey, a 6ft 3½in tall invisible white rabbit, and the debacle that ensues when the man’s sister tries to do it. intern in a sanatorium. Duration: 1h44.

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