Perfect Pitch: Annual Luncheon Supporting Education & Community Outreach
Enjoy performances by Key Chorale’s Chamber Singers, 2023/24 Student Scholars and a special operatic tribute to Maestro DeRenzi. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about our award-winning community and educational outreach and to sponsor a Student Scholar for the season.
$100 – Single Ticket (1 guest)
$250 – Chorale Patron (2 guests)
$1200 – Outreach Patron (4 guests)
$5000 – Luncheon Presenting Sponsor (8 guests + sponsor benefits)
Katherine & Frank Martucci and Audrey Robbins & Harry Leopold
The Huisking Foundation
Katherine & Frank Martucci
Audrey Robbins & Harry Leopold
Jim & Charlie Ann Syprett
2023 Perfect Pitch Honoree Maestro Victor DeRenzi
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sarasota Opera
Entering his 42nd season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sarasota Opera, Victor DeRenzi has overseen 205 productions of 121 different operas, has conducted over 1,000 performances of opera – almost 850 of them being at the Sarasota Opera – as well as numerous concerts.
He devoted much of his career to building Sarasota Opera while continuing to conduct nationally and internationally. Maestro DeRenzi has appeared across the United States with Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as at the St. Louis, Toledo, New Orleans and New York City operas. Internationally he has worked in Nice, Edmonton, Québec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and at L’Opéra du Montréal. He was also a frequent visitor to opera companies in Hong Kong and the Canary Islands.
Maestro DeRenzi’s artistic vision has garnered the company international attention as a place to experience rarely performed works. He initiated Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle, which was concluded in 2016, making Sarasota Opera the only company in the world to have performed all of Verdi’s music. He began the Masterworks Revival Series, which produced neglected operas of significant artistic merit, and the American Classics Series dedicated to producing 20th Century operas by American composers.
This growth in the production of operas has been matched in other areas as well. Under Maestro DeRenzi’s leadership, Sarasota Opera has created important educational and outreach activities. The year-round Sarasota Youth Opera Program introduces young people, ages 8 to 18, to all aspects of opera. The program constitutes remarkable learning and performing opportunities that include three Youth Opera Choruses and yearly performances on Sarasota Opera’s main stage of works written specifically for young voices, but with all aspects of the productions overseen by professionals.
Although Maestro DeRenzi is a noted Italian opera conductor, his repertoire includes operas by Janáček, Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Smetana, and Stravinsky, among others. In 2022, he will be celebrating the 53rd anniversary of his debut as a conductor.
The City of Sarasota has recognized him on four separate occasions for service to the community. He was featured on the cover of Sarasota Magazine, which has twice recognized him as one of Sarasota’s 100 Most Powerful People. In 2015 Maestro DeRenzi was made a “Cavaliere dell’ordine della stella d’italia”, Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, by the Italian Republic, for his work in bringing Italian culture beyond the borders of Italy.
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Location: Riverview High Performing Arts Center