Welcome to Opera Guild of Rochester


Formerly known as The Guild of Mercury Opera Rochester, Inc., the newly-titled Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. will continue to present the programs that the Guild has been sponsoring in recent years: free opera lectures at local libraries; tours to productions of leading local opera companies and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; and our popular Beat-the-Blahs — The Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series atTemple B'rith Kodesh in January 2015. We also have our Reading Room that contains Handouts and Playlists for all of our free lectures, which any opera lover would appreciate.

In July 2014, we will take a bus trip to the Glimmerglass Festival to see a production of Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Our Spring Tour to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City has just been announced! Book your tickets now!

On May 18th, 2014, we entertained our donors with our annual opera recital at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. The May recital featured mezzo-soprano Jessica Best accompanied by Kevin Nitsch.

You will find links to regional opera companies and local music organizations with their exciting programs, as well as the Metropolitan Opera's schedule of HD telecasts in local movie theatres. Click here to view the MET in HD's exciting 2014-15 schedule!

Perhaps the most exciting feature of our website is the ability to view production photos, cast photos and bios, programs, and reviews of Mercury Opera Rochester's six seasons. Click here to view the history of Mercury Opera Rochester and re-live your favorite moments at the opera.

Visit our website often to stay in touch with opera events in Rochester and Western New York State.

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Guild Lecture Series

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Christoph Willibald Gluck

Click on the picture to read about Gluck's 300th birthday.


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Opera Guild of Rochester Seeks Volunteers

The Opera Guild of Rochester is seeking volunteers for the following positions: Assistant Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator. More volunteer positions will be posted soon. If you would like to volunteer in some other way, just let us know what your interest is and we will certainly find a place to accommodate it! Contact us by sending an e-mail to operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.

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Syracuse Opera Tour 2014

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Die Fledermaus

Syracuse Opera toasts it’s 40th anniversary with a lavish production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. The operetta’s comic mayhem is the perfect invitation to pop a cork and guffaw at the silly antics of the Waltz King’s characters.

You can be a guest at the party hosted by his eminence the droll Russian, Prince Orlofsky. Delight to performances by Cirquovation, Central New York’s own Cirque company! Forty years in the making, this production will have you smiling from the first note of the overture.

Seating is limited to 55.

Price (all inclusive) $185.00 includes a $20.00 tax deductible contribution to the Opera Guild of Rochester.

  • Round trip in deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Box lunch and soft drinks on the way to Syracuse
  • Prime seats at Syracuse Opera
  • Four course sit-down dinner at Abigail’s in Waterloo

Click here to download the flyer with complete details.

Click here for more information about Syracuse Opera's 40th Anniversary 2014-15 Season.

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Rochester Lyric Opera to Celebrate National Opera Week 2014

Saturday November 1, 2014
Nazareth College, Wilmot Hall

Opera Week 2014

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The State of the Vocal Arts In and Around Rochester, NY - a panel discussion. Panelists: Deborah Montgomery, Ithaca College; Katherine Cowdrick, Eastman School of Music; Diane Abrahamian, Penfield High School Vocal Director; moderated by Dr. Mario Martinez, Vocal Studies Coordinator, Nazareth College. Tickets: General admission $10.00, $ 5.00 for students and seniors.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Vocal Master Class with guest master teacher Jan Opalach, bass-baritone (New York City Opera, Eastman School of Music) Tickets: $10.00 general admission, $5.00 for students and seniors. Click here to read Allyn van Dusen's article "What is a Master Class."

8:00 PM

“A Night at the Opera” - an evening of opera’s greatest hits featuring Jan Opalach, bass-baritone, Rochester Lyric Opera Resident Artists and members of the Nazareth College Voice Faculty with Kevin Nitsch, piano. Tickets: $ 20.00 general admission, $15.00 students and seniors.

Complimentary post concert reception and meet and greet with the artists. All tickets are available at the door.

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Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' to be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre

Albert Herring presented by Eastman Opera Theatre

Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten
November 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 PM
November 9 at 2:00 PM

Composed in 1947, Albert Herring is a musically complex work, despite its somewhat light-hearted subject matter. The text is genuinely humorous, and the score, while matching the text in character, includes myriad musical quotations as well as some complex forms.

Like Peter Grimes and other works by Britten, this opera explores society's reaction to an odd individual, although, in this case at least, it is from a generally humorous and lighthearted perspective. Some of Britten's contemporaries saw in the title character a satirical self-portrait of the composer.

Performances are at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Benton Hess conducts with musical staging by Stephen Carr. A pre-performance talk will take place one hour before the performance.

Tickets sold through Rochester Philharmonic Box office 433 East Main Street, Rochester NY (585) 454-2100.