Soprano Brenda Harris stars in Turandot, which opens the Sarasota Opera's winter season on Feb. 9. Harris, who has sung at leading houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Washington Opera, plays the ice princess in Puccini's final opera, set in ancient China. Tenor Jonathan Burton plays Calaf, who has the famous aria Nessun Dorma. There will be a milestone with Turandot on Feb. 12 when Sarasota artistic director Victor DeRenzi conducts his 600th performance with the company.
The Sarasota season also includes a revival of the company's 2003 production of Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), featuring soprano Asako Tamura. The company's 29th installment in its Verdi cycle is a rarity, Un Giorno di Regno (A King for a Day), the composer's second opera. Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, from the John Steinbeck novella and play, continues the American Classics Series.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic
FEB. 9-MARCH 23: Turandot
FEB. 16-MARCH 22: The Pearl Fishers
MARCH 2-24: A King for a Day
MARCH 9-23: Of Mice and Men
Information, tickets: (941) 328-1300; sarasotaopera. org.