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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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Verdi's Macbeth

Guild Tour to
Glimmerglass Festival
on July 21st
Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan tutte
at Geneva Light Opera
on July 23rd, 25th & 26th
Chautauqua Opera

Macbeth on July 11th
Eugene Onegin on
July 31st & August 3rd


Donizetti's The Elixir of Love

Finger Lakes Opera
The Elixir of Love on August 8th & 9th

Art Axelrod Receives OVI Award

Art Axelrod Receives
Partners in Excellence Award

Matthew Valverde, Tenor

Matthew Valverde Performed
at our Annual Donor Recital



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Midsummer Night Opera's Inaugural Season!

MIdsummer Night Opera

Midsummer Night Opera was founded in March 2015 by Paulina Swierczek and Kimberly Merrill,sopranos who are Masters degree students at the Eastman School of Music. Midsummer Night Opera is geared toward giving young talented musicians opportunities to learn and perform roles from the standard operatic repertory. They look to present a polished and engaging final product for the interested audiences of Rochester and its surrounding areas.

Their first season consists of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Performances will take place on in Rochester at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation from August 17-19, 2015 and at the Gowanda's historic Hollywood Theater (an historic landmark) from August 21-23, 2015. Gowanda's historical Hollywood Theater Ltd is located at 39 West Main Street, Gowanda NY 14070. Tel: (716) 532 6103. Driving time from Rochester is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes each way. Click here for more information about their inaugural season.

The company does not pay its performers. As such, they have a list of associated costs that need to be defrayed. Please donate at their website www.midsummernightopera.com and visit their website for updates and more information.


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Celebrating Ettie Rubinstein’s 100th Birthday!

Ettie Rubinstein's 100th BirthdayEttie Rubinstein and her late husband Philip were supporters of the Opera Guild when Haskell Rosenberg started the Guild almost 25 years ago and Ettie is now our oldest supporter. Philip was an enthusiastic participant in our opera trips and other events and often in his later years was accompanied by his daughter, who would visit from Ohio. He also reached his 100th Birthday in 2013 but was not well enough in his last two years of life to participate in Guild events.

Opera Guild volunteers Lillian Bonanni and Rosalie DiPasquale, later joined by Agneta Borgstedt, have periodically taken Ettie, together with the aides who care for her at home, out for lunch. On June 6, they arranged to celebrate her 100th birthday, with home-made kugel (noodle pudding), chocolate cream cake and flowers.

Ettie enjoyed the food and the company and all had a wonderful three hours together.


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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 posted: Assistant Publisher. If you would like to volunteer in some other way, just let us know what your interest is and we will certainly find a place to accommodate it! Click here for the job description, or contact Carol Crocca, Director of Development, at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.