Support the Sarasota Youth Opera!

By Jaime Helton August 14, 2016

Critically acclaimed sold out performances. Training from established professionals from around the country. National and world premieres of productions.

And the performers are all between the ages of 8 and 18.

The Sarasota Youth Opera provides the opportunity for children to be involved in all things opera – singing, costumes, lighting, sound, and more. Established in 1984, the Sarasota Youth Opera has given thousands of young people the unique experience of performing with a program that has a commitment to annually producing operas specifically created for youth voices. Young people can be involved with the Sarasota Youth Opera in a variety of ways. Those children that wish to participate in opera can take part in after-school choruses, mainstage performances, summer camps, and youth productions. What makes the Sarasota Youth Opera even better? The program accepts all children regardless of skill level or ability to pay. The only requirement is a fascination with the world of opera.

This is a great year for your child to be involved in the Sarasota Youth Opera! This fall the Sarasota Youth Opera will feature The Secret World of Og by Dean Burry. Adapted from a popular Canadian children’s book, this will be the national premiere of the youth opera. Composer Dean Burry will even travel to Sarasota for the production!

Have a child interested in becoming a part of the Sarasota Youth Opera? There are two enrollment sessions during the month of August. Bring your child to the Sarasota Opera House on August 16th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM or August 18th from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.

Help support the Sarasota Youth Opera! You can donate here:

Or you can support the Sarasota Youth Opera just by eating! The third annual "Taste of Downtown" Food & Wine Festival takes place on September 10, 2016. In its two-year history, this fundraiser for the Sarasota Youth Opera has raised over $28,000. Attendees will get to take in the amazing backdrop of the Sarasota Opera House and sample cuisine from an assortment of Sarasota restaurants all while enjoying performances from members of the Sarasota Youth Opera.

Some of the participating restaurants include Bijou Café, Brooklyn Biscuit Tortoni Company, Café L'Europe, Red Clásico Sarasota, Currents at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, El Greco Café, H2O Bistro, Jack Dusty, Kahwa Coffee, Louie’s Modern, Mattison’s City Grille, Michael's On East, Selva Grill, Servandos, Sift Bakehouse, Social Eatery & Bar, The Starlite Room, Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill, and more!

Guests will also receive a custom designed wine glass upon check-in.

Tickets are $65 per person if purchased in advance and $75 per person if purchased the day of the event. But hurry! This event consistently sells out.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit at or call the Sarasota Opera at (941) 328-1300.