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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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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A Gift for Our Donors - Annual Recital Announced for May 2015

Matthew Valverde, tenor

The Opera Guild of Rochester is proud to announce their annual recital which will be held on May 17th, 2015. The featured artist will be tenor Matthew Valverde. He is planning to present music from Spanish Operas, including some music from Mexico.

Matthew Valverde is quoted in the New York Classical Review as having a huge, handsome tenor voice. He is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music and is in the studio of Kathryn Cowdrick.

Experienced on the opera stage, Matthew has been with the Eastman Opera Theatre as Sam in Weill’s Street Scene, as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, and Vašek in Smetana’s Bartered Bride. He has performed the role of Don José in Marius Constant’s adaption of La Tragédie de Carmen with the Texas Christian University Opera Studio. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut last May with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as Jonathan Banks in Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount.

He participated in the Vancouver International Song Institute’s Song Scholarship Program, 2012 Art Song Festival at Baldwin-Wallace College and the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues…2010 at Carnegie Hall, and was finalist in the Franco American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours de Chant 2009. Matthew is equally comfortable as choral singer and conductor, and has prepared and conducted two world premieres at the Clear Creek Music Festival in Halfway, Oregon.

This year he will be a featured soloist with the Rochester Oratorio Society in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. Matthew teaches at Nazareth College, the Eastman School, and the Eastman Community Music School.