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 of Rochester Dedicates Piano at Lyric Theater

Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw presented by Eastman Opera Theatre

A pristine Yamaha C3F piano was dedicated for use at the Lyric Theater by Opera Guild of Rochester, highlighting an October 1, 2016 performance by acclaimed lyric baritone Tobias Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh was accompanied by Michael Brofman, who was the one of the first to perform on this instrument in its new and magnificent home.

Dr. Agneta Borgstedt and Carol Crocca [pictured left] of the Opera Guild of Rochester proudly announced its gift of use for the piano, pointing out its dedication plaque mounted to the piano. Click here for a photo of the dedication plaque.

Formerly in the hands of a private owner, the piano was meticulously maintained, has a lovely clear tone and is an appropriate complement to the superb acoustics in the main theatre where it is currently located.

“We are pleased to have identified this unique piano, which performed remarkably in its inspections, and are proud to dedicate its use to foster operatic and other performances at this grand venue,” said Carol Crocca, Vice-President for Development, Opera Guild of Rochester.

Located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural district, the Lyric Theater is a national historic landmark facility used by local, national and international artists for musical performances, educational programs and recitals. It is also the home of Rochester Lyric Opera. - Mary Bonaccio and Scott Horsington      Photo courtesy of William Crocca

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Local Opera Companies Announce Their Seasons

Click on the logos to view the upcoming operas for each company.

Canadian Opera Company Logo

Norma - Ariodante - The Magic Flute
Götterdämmerung - Louis Riel - Tosca

Syracuse Opera Logo

La Cenerentola
Rigoletto - Eugene Onegin

Tri Cities Opera Logo

La Traviata - Hansel & Gretel
L'Heure Espagnol & Brettl Lieder - Hydrogen Jukebox

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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, Mail & Database Assistant and Event Hosts.