The Sarasota Opera is an internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera which plays host to everything from opera, symphony and classical ballet to film festivals, popular music concerts, comedy shows and clowns. The Opera Complex includes a Pavilion with a spacious, multi-purpose banquet/performance facility; the Peterson Great Room, which can seat up to 390 people and the William E. Schmidt Opera Theatre, which seats 1,122.
Visit The Ringling Museum, which is considered the foundation of Sarasota’s art scene. The institution was established in 1927 as a gift to the people of Florida and features a 21-gallery art museum, the Ca' d'Zan mansion, the Ringlings' mansion, the historic Asolo Theatre, and two Circus Museums. Get an up close and personal look behind the scenes of the historic Sarasota Opera House on a private tour lead by a Sarasota Opera staff member. Wind your way through Sarasota Opera's donor lounges, into the balcony, through the costume shop finally ending on stage where you can get the singers perspective from center stage. Then you can savor the elegant old world charm of Café L’Europe on St. Armand’s Circle, Sarasota’s iconic fine dining restaurant for four decades. This culinary destination offers classic European cuisine, award-winning wines, impeccable service and sophisticated ambiance.
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