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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 2015. 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 Lyric Opera to Perform at Rochester's Fringe Festival

Rochester Fringe FestivalRochester Lyric Opera will present Opera Under the Stars, to be held on Saturday, September 19th at 8:00 PM on the front steps of the splendid Lyric Theatre at 440 East Avenue.

The evening will include all-time opera favorites, as well as light opera and musical theater songs. Reserve your seat on East Avenue and enjoy an enchanted evening of gorgeous music beneath Rochester skies, enhanced by the backdrop of the RLO's fabulous new theatre.

Cabaret seating is $18 with General seating at $10 and Lawn seating $5. For more information and to order tickets, click here.

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Eastman Opera Theatre Announces its 2015-16 Season

Eastman TheatreEastman Opera Theatre will present Philip Glass' chamber opera Hydrogen Jukebox on November 5 - 8 in Kilbourn Hall. Hydrogen Jukebox features the music of Philip Glass and the work of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Its name is taken from a phrase coined by Ginsberg, from his poem Howl. The piece forms a portrait of America covering the 1950s through the late 1980s. Glass and Ginsberg sought to incorporate the personal poems of Ginsberg, reflecting on social issues: the anti-war movement; the sexual revolution; drugs; Eastern philosophy and environmental issues.The six vocal parts were thought to represent six archetypal American characters: a waitress; a policeman; a businessman; a cheerleader; a priest and a mechanic. Maestro Benton Hess conducts.

January 28 - 31, 2016 will see a double bill featuring Puccini's Suor Angelica and Umberto Giordano's Il mese Mariano. Dr. Ksenia Lelëtkina is the music director for this show, which will be performed in the 804 Annex. And April 7 - 10 Eastman Opera Theatre will present Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. The opera will be performed at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and conducted by Maestro Benton Hess.


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Joe Mancini, tenor

Joseph Mancini Recital
September 11th at 7:30 PM
Hochstein Performance Hall

Opera Scenes

Scenes from Opera & Broadway
October 4th at 3:00 PM

Syracuse Opera

Syracuse Opera Presents
its 2015-16 Season
Canadian Opera Company

Canadian Opera Company Presents
its 2015-16 Season
Tri-Cities Opera

Tri-Cities Opera Presents
its 2015-16 Season


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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 - Assistant Publisher Needed

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.

Currently there is one job availalbe: Assistant Publisher

The Assistant Publisher will join the team that publishes Viva Voce, the monthly e-newsletter of the Opera Guild of Rochester. He or she will learn and assist with various aspects of the publishing process, such as gathering and preparing copy for publication. The job may require learning new computer skills, and does require a personal computer with Internet access.

For more information or to apply, contact Carol Crocca, Director of Development, at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.