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.

The Tempter himself was portrayed In “Ecco il mondo” from Boito’s Mefistofele, and in an aria from Verdi’s Ernani, Carl expressed the feelings of many basses and baritones when they discover that the soprano loves the tenor after all. In Ambroise Thomas’s “Air du Tambour-Major” from Le Caïd, Carl again demonstrated his dramatic versatility in the song of the pompous officer.

After the intermission, Carl gave a wonderful and moving performance of “Ol’ Man River” from Jerome Kern’s Showboat. This was followed by a very interesting and affecting piece, “The Martyr” from Pathway to Freedom by the contemporary composer, Cynthia Cozette Lee. Inspired by a story from the civil war, it portrays the feelings and thoughts of a soldier whose task is to bury the fallen of his fellow soldiers of the United States Colored Troops. The upbeat “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess relieved this solemn mood beautifully and the recital closed with rich renderings of two American spirituals by Wendell Whalum and Hall Johnson.

- Agneta Borgstedt and Carol Crocca     Photo courtesy of William Crocca

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Glimmerglass Festival Tour 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016, Matinee at 1:30 PM
La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) by Gioachino Rossini

Rossini's The Theiving Magpie

“Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie has all the hallmarks of a typical rescue opera – a heroine in distress, unjustly accused of a crime she did not commit; a dastardly and powerful lecher who offers freedom in return for her acquiescence; true love apparently thwarted; and a last-minute, photo-finish rescue.

The fact that salvation comes in this case from a magpie (that occasionally talks) makes this all the more breathtaking…will Ninetta survive or won’t she? The deus ex machina from the animal kingdom adds just the right touch of spice and humor to this darkly thrilling tale. Add in Rossini’s spectacular vocal writing, gorgeous melodies and one of the most famous overtures ever, and this is sure to be an exciting performance.” -- Peter Kazaras, director

Click here to download the flyer and book your seat for The Thieving Magpie.

Click here for more information about this tour.

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Local Opera Productions & Summer Seasons Announced

SHOT! by Persis Vehar

World Premiere of SHOT!
June 10th & 12th at Buffalo's Shea

Chautauqua Opera

Chautauqua Opera Summer Season
La Traviata & The Mikado

Seagle Music Colony

Seagle Music Colony Season
The Elixir of Love - July 20-23

Geneva Light Opera

Geneva Light Opera
Die Fledermaus - July 21-24

Glimmerglass Tour 2016

Guild Tour to Glimmerglass
The Thieving Magpie - July 25th Matinee

Finger Lakes Opera

Finger Lakes Opera 2016
La Traviata - August 12 & 14

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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: Publicity Manager and Event Hosts.