The Sarasota Opera House was built as the Edwards Theater in 1926. It is now home to the Sarasota Opera. An opera company was established in Sarasota in 1974. It bought the Edwards Theater in 1979, and rebuilt it over almost 20 years. The first opera performance was in 1984. Sarasota Opera has a season with four operas in the winter, and has recently added a short fall season.
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