Opera Guild of Rochester Reading Room


The Members of the Opera Guild of Rochester have developed and delivered several educational programs on opera. These programs are delivered at various schools and public libraries in the Rochester area. On this page, you may download the handouts and playlists that were used in these presentations.

You may also access past Mercury Opera Rochester production photos, cast bios and photos, plot synopses, programs, reviews and more by clicking on the links below.

For more information on our Lecture series, click here.

Verdi's Don Carlo presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Jacques Offenbach and The Parisian Life by Agneta D. Borgstedt
The Mezzo and Contralto Voice in Opera by Art Axelrod
Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov presented by Peter Dundas
Donizetti's Anna Bolena presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Viennese Operettas by Johann Strauss Jr. presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Gluck’s Reform Operas from 1762 - 1778 presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Verdi & Puccini - The Consummate Voices of Italian Opera presented by Art Axelrod
Verdi's Nabucco and the Italian Risorgimento presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg presented by Peter Dundas
Mozart’s Operas and the Influence of Enlightenment presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Anger & Extreme Frustration Expressed in Opera presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Bad Boys: Villains, Drunkards & Charlatans in Opera presented by Art Axelrod
Verdi's Rigoletto presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
The Tenor in French Opera presented by Peter Dundas
Telling Tales: External Narratives in Opera presented by Art Axelrod
Lucia di Lammermoor presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Wagner's Parsifal presented by Peter Dundas
Heroic and Powerful Women in Opera presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Bizet’s Carmen presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Siegfried 101 presented by Peter Dundas
History of Opera - From its origin through the Golden Age presented by Art Axelrod
Twentieth Century Opera (It’s better than you think) presented by Carol Crocca
History in Opera - As seen through the eyes of 19th Century Historians
presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Prayer in Opera presented by Chuck Lundeen
Mozart's Women presented by Carol Crocca
Falstaff: Verdi's Last Masterpiece presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
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Friendships: Good and Bad presented by Chuck Lundeen
Verdi Operas based on Schiller's Plays presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
The Changing Opera Styles of Richard Strauss presented by Peter Dundas
Belcanto: The Operas of Bellini Part I presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Belcanto: The Operas of Bellini Part II presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Verdi's La Traviata presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
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The Bass Voice in Opera presented by Art Axelrod
Richard Strauss's Viennese Operas presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Two Sides to Every Story: How Two Composers Treat the Same Story
presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt and Joseph Mancini
ABRACADABRA: Witches and Gypsies in Opera presented by Chuck Lundeen
Sleepwalking, Hallucinations & Madness presented by Carol Crocca
Puccini's Tosca presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
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Verdi and Shakespeare presented by Carol A. Crocca  
French Grand Opera - Part I presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
French Grand Opera - Part II presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
Operatic Duets presented by Mary McNamara
Exotic Dominions and Mythic Realms presented by Art Axelrod
Puccini's La Bohème presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
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Mozart's Don Giovanni presented by Agneta D. Borgstedt
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Verdi and the Orchestra presented by Carol A. Crocca Playlist
The Voices of Opera presented by Art Axelrod
The Opera Chorus presented by Bob Heberger
Ensembles presented by Mary McNamara
Show Boat and the American Musical Theatre presented by Rob Ferris
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Bel Canto and Bellini's Norma presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
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Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio presented by Agneta Borgstedt
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Puccini: The Bohemian Composer presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
Opera as Music Drama presented by Art Axelrod
The Influence of the Philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment on Mozart's Operas
presented by Agneta Borgstedt
Literature in Opera presented by Mary McNamara
The History & Geography of Opera presented by Art Axelrod
German Romantic Opera presented by Agneta Borgstedt
French Romantic Opera presented by Mary McNamara
Italian Verismo Opera presented by Rosalba Pisaturo
A Survey of Russian Opera presented by Art Axelrod
Albert Lortzing: German Buffa Opera presented by Agneta Borgstedt
Favorite Arias & Overtures presented by Mary McNamara
Giaochino Rossini: Italian Opera Buffa presented by Agneta Borgstedt
Donizetti: Italian Opera Buffa presented by presented by Agneta Borgstedt
Verdi: Composer, Showman and Moralist presented by Art Axelrod