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.
Donors to the Opera Guild of Rochester are invited to the annual Donor Recital in May. Click here for video highlights of our most recent recital featuring Carl Dupont, bass with Kevin Nitsch at the piano.
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.
Opera Guild of Rochester Dedicates Piano at Lyric Theater
A pristine Yamaha C3F piano was dedicated for use at the Lyric Theater by Opera Guild of Rochester, highlighting an October 1, 2016 performance by acclaimed lyric baritone Tobias Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh was accompanied by Michael Brofman, who was the one of the first to perform on this instrument in its new and magnificent home.
Dr. Agneta Borgstedt and Carol Crocca [pictured left] of the Opera Guild of Rochester proudly announced its gift of use for the piano, pointing out its dedication plaque mounted to the piano. Click here for a photo of the dedication plaque.
Formerly in the hands of a private owner, the piano was meticulously maintained, has a lovely clear tone and is an appropriate complement to the superb acoustics in the main theatre where it is currently located.
“We are pleased to have identified this unique piano, which performed remarkably in its inspections, and are proud to dedicate its use to foster operatic and other performances at this grand venue,” said Carol Crocca, Vice-President for Development, Opera Guild of Rochester.
Located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural district, the Lyric Theater is a national historic landmark facility used by local, national and international artists for musical performances, educational programs and recitals. It is also the home of Rochester Lyric Opera. - Mary Bonaccio and Scott Horsington Photo courtesy of William Crocca
Hillman Opera Presents Dido & Aeneas and The Medium in Fredonia
Hillman Opera in Fredonia will be presenting a double-bill of DIDO & AENEAS by Henry Purcell and THE MEDIUM by Gian-Carlo Menotti Friday, October 21st (8:00 pm), Saturday, October 22nd (7:30 pm), and Sunday, October 23rd (4:00 pm) in Marvel Theatre (Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia). Click here for directions to Rockefeller Arts Center.
This is an interesting pairing of operas. When you look at the title characters - one a woman who is trying to do good (Dido) and one who is not (Baba) - in both cases it is that very thing that is their undoing. The artistic team from Opera Aetelier of Toronto came and spent a long weekend with the DIDO & AENEAS cast, working with them on Baroque style - both musically and in terms of movement - and really delved into the humanity of the characters.
THE MEDIUM features SUNY Fredonia faculty member, Lisa Layman, in the very difficult role of Baba. The entire cast has really embraced this dark, difficult material, and sing it with incredible artistry.
Tickets are available by calling 716-673-3501 or online at the Fredonia Ticket Office.
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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Britten's The Turn of the Screw
A young woman is charged with caring for two children in an isolated, enormous manor house. Is she being challenged by two malevolent spirits for control of her wards? Or is she descending into paranoia? The questions are left unanswered in The Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten’s dark opera that will be presented by Eastman Opera Theatre November 3 through 6.
“The piece walks a fine line between a traditional ghost story and a tale of mental instability,” said Stephen Carr, associate artistic director of Eastman Opera Theatre. “It’s deliciously ambiguous, and our production fully embraces that.”
Britten’s 20th-century opera is based on Henry James’s famous 19th-century novella and Carr, associate professor of opera and musical theatre studies at the Eastman School of Music, noted other themes that appear in the work. “I think James’s insistence upon ambiguity was itself a critique of the Victorian mentality of his time, when issues of good versus evil were seen in very black-and-white terms. Reality, as our protagonist discovers, is more often gray,” he explained. “She is charged with the care of two impossibly innocent and pure children, qualities she feels bound to protect and guard, both in them and in herself. But when news arrives that the boy has been expelled from school for reasons too awful to name, a crack appears in the façade, and her white-knuckled grip on her own narrowly-defined reality begins to slip.”
The Turn of the Screw follows a young parson’s daughter who is hired by a charming man to serve as governess to his niece and nephew. But there is one condition: If she accepts the position, under no circumstances is she to contact him. Whatever happens, it is she who must be responsible. Not long after arriving at the estate, she is confronted by sightings of the house’s former governess and manservant, both of whom are now dead. Convinced that these ghosts have acquired an unnatural influence over the children, she engages in what she sees as a battle with the ghosts for the children’s souls, with tragic results.
Two casts of Eastman voice students will alternate performances and will be accompanied by a small ensemble of Eastman student musicians conducted by Benton Hess, Distinguished Professor of Voice and music director of Eastman Opera Theatre. The two-and-a-half-hour production will be sung in English with supertitles in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November, Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5; with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 6. Pre-performance lectures will be given one hour earlier in the School’s Ray Wright Room (Room 120). Tickets are $25 to $35 (discounts with UR ID), and are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone: (585) 274-3000; or online at EastmanTheatre.org.
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Local Opera Companies Announce Their Seasons
Click on the logos to view the upcoming operas for each company.
Norma - Ariodante - The Magic Flute
La Traviata - Hansel & Gretel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.