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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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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Two Distinct Works by Jake Heggie

Eastman Opera Theatre presents Out of Darkness and Into the Fire by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

Eastman Opera Theatre will present Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's Out of Darkness on February 2, 4 and 9 at 7:30 pm and February 12 at 2:00 pm in the 804 Annex at the Eastman School of Music.

The two acts of Out of Darkness are based on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors: the Polish dissident Krystyna Zywulska (1914-1993) and the gay German Jew Gad Beck (1923-2012), whose lover Manfred Lewin perished at Auschwitz. The photo shows Gad Beck reading Manfred Lewin's journal, which now resides at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Wilson Southerland conducts and Steve Daigle directs this compelling work.

The opera portrays Zywulska and Beck in later life, with flashbacks to the Holocaust. Both have survived but are haunted by their younger selves, their losses, and the compromises they have made.

Four of Jake Heggie’s song cycles will be staged by Eastman Opera Theatre as Into the Fire. The song cycles are: From the Book of Nightmares, The Deepest Desire, Here and Gone, and Camille Claudel. Performances take place on February 3 and 11 at 7:30 pm and February 5 at 2:00 pm in the 804 Annex at the Eastman School of Music. Stephen Carr directs and Wilson Southerland conducts.

For more information about this production click here. Click on the poster above for a larger image.

For tickets call the Eastman Theatre Box Office at (585) 274-3000 or purchase them online. Please note that the February 2nd and 12th performances of Out of Darkness are Sold Out.

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Penfield Symphony to Present Operatic Gems with Keely Futterer, Soprano


Keely Futterer, soprano

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra will present "Operatic Gems" on Monday, February 13 at 7:30 pm at the Penfield High School Auditorium. Tickets for adults are $15, Seniors $12, Students Free. Click here to purchase your tickets.

The soprano soloist is Keely Futterer, a doctoral student at Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Katherine Cowdrick. Among many other recognitions, she received the Encouragement Award at the Met National Council auditions.

Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart “Dove sono” from The Marriage of Figaro
Rossini "Una voce poco fa” from The Barber of Seville
Dvorák "Song of the Moon" from Rusalka
Puccini “Quando m’en vo’” from La Bohème
Verdi Overture to La forza del destino
Wagner “Prelude and Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde
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Porgy and Bess: Selections


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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.