About Opera Guild of Rochester


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The Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with a mission to support opera and opera education in the Rochester area.

The Guild 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 Brighton.

In addition, this website will also serve as a clearing house for local and regional opera, concert, and recital information, with links to other music organizations in our area.

Please join us in support of opera in Rochester! Donors of $50 or more may participate in Guild events for a reduced fee and enjoy a free recital each May.


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Opera Guild of Rochester shall be to foster an interest in and an appreciation of opera within the Greater Rochester community, to support and promote the presentation of opera in the Greater Rochester area, and to enhance the education and enjoyment of opera among its members and the community at large through various programming.


Opera Guild of Rochester Board 2014 - 2015

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  • Agneta D. Borgstedt, MD, President & Treasurer
  • Arthur Axelrod, Vice-President
  • Carol Crocca, Esq., Vice-President of Development
  • Marcia Elwitt, Secretary
  • Helga Strasser, Guild Opera Tour Coordinator
  • Simi Singer, Volunteer and Hostess Coordinator
  • Docents: Agneta D. Borgstedt; Arthur Axelrod; Carol Crocca; Peter Dundas; Rosalba Pisaturo