Version of Verdi opera premieres in Sarasota

February 28, 2013 

Local opera aficionados have a chance to experience something no one in the world has ever experienced before.

The Sarasota Opera will be performing the world premiere of a version of "A King for a Day" ("Un Giorno di Regno"), based on Giiuseppe Verdi's own manuscripts which were only recently discovered.

It's the 29th presentation the Sarasota Opera's Verdi cycle, which aims to present every note of every Verdi opera.

"A King for a Day," his second opera and first comedy, has to do with a Polish king who hides from enemies by switching identities with an obscure knight. The knight takes full advantage of being a temporary royal and gets happily involved in amorous intrigues.

It's sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Details: 8 p.m. March 2, 5, 7, 13 and 16; and 1:30 p.m. March 10 and 24, Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $50-$110. Information: 941-328-1300,

-- Marty Clear

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