Welcome to Opera Guild of Rochester


The Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. presents free opera lectures at local libraries, tours to productions of leading local opera companies and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, as well as our popular Beat-the-Blahs — The Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series atTemple B'rith Kodesh in January 2016. The Guild also has a newly updated Reading Room that contains Handouts and Playlists for all of our free lectures, as well as our monthly Newsletter and Opera Flyers, that are handed out at local opera events such at the MET HD broadcasts in local theaters.

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 2016 Summer Encores series plus the exciting new 2016-17 Series of LIVE in HD telecasts.

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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Bass Carl Dupont and Pianist Kevin Nitsch Delight at Guild Recital

Bass Carl Dupont with pianist Kevin Nitsch

The Recital for donors to the Opera Guild was held on Sunday, May 15th at the Academy of Medicine and was special this year in that we were treated for the first time to a professional bass, Carl Dupont of North Carolina. An Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, Dupont was accompanied by Rochester’s Dr. Kevin Nitsch at the piano. They began with “In diesen heil’gen Hallen,” Sarastro’s aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which expresses the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment in the last part of the 18th Century: if humans stumble and fall, we should forgive and lift them up with a friendly hand to their duty, or we are not worthy of humankind.

Pizarro’s aria from Beethoven’s Fidelio followed, in which Dr. Dupont ably dramatized a completely different character, who expresses his hateful desire to murder the political prisoner Florestan. Then in two selections from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Carl gave an impressive rendition of a more nuanced role, that of the pastor who is charged with counseling Susannah, but who succumbs to sexual temptation and must beg the Lord’s forgiveness.

Click here to read more and listen to highlights from this year's recital.      Photo courtesy of William Crocca

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Chautauqua Summer Season Continues & Guild Tour to 'La Traviata'

Chautauqua Opera

Chautauqua Opera Summer Season
The Mikado & Song from the Uproar

Finger Lakes Opera

Finger Lakes Opera 2016
La Traviata - August 12 & 14

Finger Lakes Opera

Guild Tour to La Traviata
August 12 & 14 Matinee

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Rochester Native Tobias Greenhalgh in Recital at Rochester Lyric Opera

Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh

Rochester Lyric Opera will present Rochester native Tobias Greenhalgh with Michael Brofman, piano in recital on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Lyric Theater, 440 East Avenue in Rochester, NY.

Named one of five upcoming lyric baritones in the June 2016 issue of Opera News magazine, Greenhalgh is a versatile singer on the rise, who is "so clearly headed for success".

Mr. Greenhalgh's recital is underwritten by Hon. John C. Ninfo II and Judith Ranaletta. There will be a special piano dedication by the Opera Guild of Rochester at the performance.

General admission is $25, and $20 for seniors. Tickets can be obtained at the door or by contacting Rochester Lyric Opera.

Click here to read Tobias' biography. Click here to view Tobias' program.
Click here to read Judith Ranaletta's Reader Article about Tobias in the August issue of Viva Voce.

Tobias Greenhalgh's photograph © Christoph Seidl

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Rochester Opera Guild's Newest Reading Rooms Online

Contained in the navigation tab of Reading Rooms is the new digital library of the Opera Guild of Rochester. Here you will find various materials for your research and reading pleasure. We intend to enrich the content of this library both in depth and breadth. If you have suggestions for and/or contributions of new content, please contact us at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.

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Volunteer with the Guild

Enjoy meeting others in Rochester's opera community and contributing to the availability of opera activities by volunteering for the Opera Guild! Learning a small job or part of a larger one will pay off in numerous ways for anyone who wants to participate. For more information or to apply, contact Carol Crocca, Director of Development, at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.

The following voulunteer positions are available: Mail & Database Assistant and Event Hosts.