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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Gregory Kunde, Rochester's Star Tenor

Gregory Kunde

Western New York is very lucky to have one of the world’s greatest tenors, Gregory Kunde, living here with his family in Penfield, NY, a suburb of Rochester. He is currently engaged at world famous opera houses in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil and the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera.

Gregory Kunde is also featured in the inaugural production of Finger Lakes Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen in the role of Don Jose.

Known as a bel canto specialist and well known at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy, he has grown into the dramatic tenor roles in Berlioz’s operas like Benvenuto Cellini, La Damnation de Faust, Les Troyens, as well as Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine. He has also undertaken roles in the Verdi repertoire including La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller, Un Ballo in Maschera, I Vespri Siciliani and now Otello.

Next season Mr. Kunde will undertake both the Verdi and Rossini Otellos. It is very rare that a tenor, who sings Rossini's Otello is also able to sing Verdi's Otello, one of the most dramatic roles in the tenor repertoire.

Click here for Mr. Kunde's 2014 - 2015 opera schedule.