Welcome to Opera Guild of Rochester


Formerly known as The Guild of Mercury Opera Rochester, Inc., the newly-titled Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. will continue to present the programs that the Guild has been sponsoring in recent years: free opera lectures at local libraries; tours to productions of leading local opera companies and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; and our popular Beat-the-Blahs — The Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series atTemple B'rith Kodesh in January 2014.

In July 2013, we took a bus trip to the Glimmerglass Opera Festival to see a production of Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). Our Fall Tour to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City has just been announced!

On May 18th, 2014, we will enterain our donors with our annual opera recital at the Rochester Academy of Medicine. The May recital will feature mezzo-soprano Jessica Best accompanied by Linda Boianova.

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 2013-14 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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Classical Idol 8 Jessica Best Syracuse Opera Logo

Classical Idol 8

May 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM
at Temple B'rith Kodesh

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our Annual Recital

May 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM
at the Academy of Music

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Strauss: Die Fledermaus
Sondheim: A Little Night Music
Rossini: The Barber of Seville

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Puccini's Tosca presented by Nickel City Opera on June 29th Geneva Light Opera Presents Mozart's The Magic Flute in English on July 24, 26 & 27 at the Smith Opera House
Puccini's Tosca
Nickel City Opera Bus Tour
June 29th Matinee at the Riviera Theatre

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Mozart's The Magic Flute in English
July 24, 26 & 27, 2014
Smith Opera House

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Bizet's Carmen will be the Inaugural Producton for Finger Lakes Opera

Finger Lakes Opera Logo

Bizet’s beloved classic “Carmen” will be the first full production of the Finger Lakes Opera at SUNY Geneseo on August 8th and 10th, featuring J’nai Bridges from the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Carmen and renowned tenor Gregory Kunde as Don José. Baritone, Luis Ledesma sings Escamillo, a role he sang this season at Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Soprano, Danielle Pastin sings the role of Micaela. She has sung Frasquita at the Metropolitan Opera and Micaela at the Fresno Grand Opera.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. for the August 8th production and 2 p.m. for the August 10th matinee. Both are in Wadsworth Auditorium at SUNY Geneseo, 1 College Circle.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on this venture,” said Gerard Floriano, the company’s artistic director and conductor, who also is a professor of music at SUNY Geneseo and a 1984 alumnus. “This is an immensely popular opera that appeals to people of all ages, and I look forward to presenting it as our inaugural production.”

The company hopes to draw patrons to the performance from a wide area of Western New York and surrounding states, capitalizing on the area becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Tickets for the production are available at www.FingerLakesOpera.com. You may also purchase tickets and inquire about special package discounts by calling 585-245-5650. Click here to watch a video about Finger Lakes Opera.

J'nai Bridges as Carmen

J'nai Bridges as Carmen
Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists Vocal

Gregory Kunde as Don Jose

Gregory Kunde as Don José

Maestro Gerard Floriano

Gerard Floriano