The 2013-20114 Season will mark Maestro Victor DeRenzi’s 32nd year as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Sarasota Opera. He has produced over 100 different operas and conducted over 600 performances for the company.
His unique artistic vision, expressed in the Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle, Masterworks Revival Series and the newly inaugurated American Classics series, has consistently garnered Sarasota Opera international attention as one of the few places to experience rarely performed operatic works. The Verdi Cycle (begun in 1989) is just entering its final five years and will set Sarasota Opera apart from other opera houses worldwide as having produced all of Verdi’s music (operatic and incidental) upon its completion. A noted Verdi expert, Maestro DeRenzi is on the advisory board of the American Institute for Verdi Studies.
His interest in teaching prompted him to start the Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists Program in 1983 and the Studio Artists Program in 1989, along with internships for coaches and conductors. Maestro DeRenzi has helped mentor hundreds of emerging artists, many of whom are currently important members of the international opera community.
In 1984 Maestro DeRenzi started the Sarasota Youth Opera. Over the years, this branch of Sarasota Opera has served thousands of pre-college students in the greater Sarasota area through its choruses and productions of operas written for young voices. Additionally, under his leadership numerous programs for young people have brought opera to many through diverse outreach activities.
Although most of his career has been dedicated to Sarasota Opera, Maestro DeRenzi has also conducted opera across the United States, most notably for the Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as for the St. Louis, Toledo, New Orleans and New York City operas. He has appeared as the conductor for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Singers Concerts with the Grant Park Orchestra. Internationally he has conducted opera in Canada (including the Montreal, Edmonton, and Hamilton operas) and in Hong Kong, Nice, and the Canary Islands.
Last company appearance: Aida (2001).