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.

Donors to the Opera Guild of Rochester are invited to the annual Donor Recital in May. Click here for video highlights of our most recent recital featuring Carl Dupont, bass with Kevin Nitsch at the piano.

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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Opera Guild Members & Friends Attend Classical Idol XI - Winners Announced!

2017 Classical Idol XI WinnersMembers and friends of the Opera Guild of Rochester were treated to stellar singing at Rochester’s Classical Idol International Vocal Competition, in its eleventh year, held at Temple B’rith Kodesh on Saturday night, April 8.

Chosen from a field of 70 international applicants from across the U.S, Canada and abroad, ten finalists competed for cash awards before a live audience and a panel of expert judges, who offered constructive feedback on their performances.

First prize went to Megan Barrera, a Florida soprano of Cuban-Puerto Rican descent, who sang an aria from Florencia en al Amazonas, by the Mexican composer Daniel Catán. Second prize went to Buffalo native, soprano Gillian Cotter, whose excerpt from American composer Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking invoked a stunned silence from the listeners. Taking Third, countertenor Daniel Moody, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, offered an excerpt from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by the English composer Benjamin Britten. Finishing Fourth and taking the Audience Favorite award was baritone Junhan Choi, performing the perennial opera hit, Largo al factotum, from Rossini’s Barber of Seville.

The distinguished judges for this year’s event, all of them international performing artists on major stages, were soprano Erie Mills, soprano Constance Fee, American baritone Jonathan Beyer,a previous Classical Idol winner; and conductor Douglas Kinney Frost.

Shown in photo: Junhan Choi, Megan Barrera, Gillian Cotter and Daniel Moody.   Photo: Brigid Harrigan.

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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: Assistant Publisher and Event Hosts.