Our successful 2022 Beat the Blahs series is complete. See you next year!

Beat the Blahs viewers were delighted with the screening of the acclaimed Met production of Donizetti's Don Pasquale starring Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani (shown on the screen) along with Mariusz Kwiecien and John Del Carlo.

Beat the Blahs Series
Opera Guild of Rochester conquers dull Sunday afternoons by sharing opera video presentations of acclaimed productions by your favorite composers. The Beat the Blahs Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series features four events, held each Sunday in January from 1 
– 5pm at Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave. Each screening is preceded by a brief pre-show talk about the production.

Suggested Donation for
Beat-the-Blah Events

All four viewings is $32 for Guild donors ($36 for non-donors). 

Individual operas are $9 for Guild donors ($10 for non-donors).

Our 2022 Season Featured:

Netrebko as Lucia


Lucia di Lammermoor

Metropolitan Opera 2008 production, with a sterling cast of Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, and Marius Kwiecen. Classic bel canto and a gripping plot, based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel. 

Opera Talk: Art Axelrod

1996 Cosi


Cosi fan tutte

Metropolitan Opera, 1996, with Carol Vaness, Susanne Mentzer. Cecilia Bartoli, Jerry Hadley and Dwayne Croft. The master’s final comedy for connoisseurs.

Opera Talk: Peter Dundas

MetOpera L'italiana


L’italiana in Algeri

Metropolitan Opera, 1986.

Another bel canto gem, with the incomparable Marilyn Horne as the clever heroine, Paolo Montarsolo as the hilarious Mustafa, and Douglas Ahlstadt as her handsome rescuer.

Opera Talk: Carol Crocca


Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, 2007, with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon. A classic 19th century roman􀀣tic tragedy, this is the French version of the story of the glamorous Manon and her struggle over true love versus the easy life.

Opera Talk: Carol Crocca

Manon 2007 Berlin