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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 in HD's exciting 2015-16 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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Rochester's Classical Idol™  Returns for 10th Season

Classical Idol XRochester's most engaging vocal competition returns for its tenth year in CLASSICAL IDOL, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:00 P.M., at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Rochester.

In this gala event, ten rising stars of the international vocal performance scene demonstrate the expressive power of the human voice through polished renditions of the most moving classics of opera, art song and oratorio. Their thrilling performances mark careers in the making as distinguished judges offer constructive commentary in real-time. Click here for more information.

Tickets are available through the Rochester Oratorio Society Office, (585) 473-2234 or may be purchased online.

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Bass-baritone, Carl DuPont to Perform at this Year's Annual Donor Recital

Carl DuPont

The Opera Guild of Rochester is proud to announce their annual recital which will be held on Sunday, May 16th, 2016 at the Rochester Academy of Music located on East Avenue. This is the Guild's thank you to its donors.

This year's featured artist will be bass-baritone Carl DuPont. His program Power and Corruption will feature Sarastro's aria "In diesen heilgen Hallen" from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Wolfram's aria from Wagner's Tannhäuser, "O! du mein holder Abendstern" and Wotan’s "Abschiedslied" from Wagner’s Die Walküre. He will be accompanied by pianist, Kevin Nitsch.

A reception with the artists follows the performance. A Guild activity report will precede the musical program. Click here for Carl DuPont's biography. Click here to view Carl DuPont's recital program.

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Nickel City Opera Presents the World Premiere of SHOT! June 10th & 12th

This is the first time Nickel City Opera has produced a show at the historic Shea's Buffalo Theatre in downtown Buffalo. What makes it more exciting is that this show is about and for the people and city of Buffalo. Original idea by Valerian Ruminski with a Libretto by Gabrielle Vehar this opera covers a piece of Buffalo history that has never been fully dramatized on stage before. Historical figures, historical places and historical happenings are all included in a 2 Act work of art. You do not want to miss this once in a lifetime production. There are only 2 presentations: June 10th at 8 PM and June 12th at 2:30 PM.


  • A full stage extravanganza with chorus and principals at the 1901 Pan American Exposition.
  • A full orchestra.
  • Sets and furniture of the age.
  • A glorious digital screen full of images of Buffalo and everything surrounding the assassination of President McKinley.

The opera opens with The Vaudevillian, a man of the day, as our host presenting the tragedy of the assassination and singing a song about Buffalo for us before the action starts. When the curtain opens we see the Pan American Exposition in full swing with a stage full of people followed by President McKinley giving his last speech and then, the shooting by Leon Czolgosz. Further scenes include the melee in the Milburn living room and the President dying in the Milburn bedroom alongside his love, Ida.

Another scene, which opens Act 2, is the jail cell of Czolgosz where he lies dreaming of Emma Goldman, who appears to him in a dream. Following his dreams he is interrogated and warned of his impending death should the President die.

Click here for more information and to listen to excerpts from SHOT!


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Attention Newsletter Subscribers with RoadRunner (e.g. rochester.rr.com) E-mail addresses.

We recently learned that RoadRunner E-mail users have not been receiving E-mails sent from our E-mail address (OperaGuildofRochester@gmail.com). It appears that your subscription to our newsletter may have been diverted to your junk mail folder located on the RoadRunner Webmail server. Either you or your favorite computer person can fix this. Click here for complete instructions. In the meantime, you may click here to download copies of the newsletter. We apologize for this inconvenience and are working with RoadRunner to resolve the situation.


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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: Assistant Publisher; Publicity Manager; Mail & Database Maintenance Assistant; Document Designer and Audio/Visual Technician.