"I'm an evangelist for opera, so I would like to see Sarasota Opera further that mission and to really expand it," Richard Russell says. Courtesy photo.
The production of "Rigoletto" was the first Richard Russell performed in at the Sarasota Opera; this 2008 production debuted the newly renovated opera house. "Rigoletto" will kick off his first season as executive director Oct. 26. Courtesy photo.