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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 2018. 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.

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 2017 Summer Encores series plus the exciting new 2017-18 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 the surrounding area.For more details about company seasons and other events in the Western New York region, see our free newsletter Viva Voce. You can subscribe by clicking here.

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Eastman Opera Theatre Presents Philip Glass' Les Enfants Terribles

Eastman Opera Theatre to Present Philip Glass and Susan Marsall's Les Enfants TerriblesEastman Opera Theatre will present Les Enfants Terribles by Philip Glass and Susan Marshall on February 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm matinee on February 4, 2018 and will take place in the Eastman Black Box Theatre, Eastman Annex, 804. The production is directed by Steven Daigle.Wilson Southerland is the Music Director with choregraphy by Eran Hanlon.

Les Enfants Terribles is a dance opera based on the 1929 Novel by Jean Cocteau and features a cast of four singers, two dancers and is scored for three keyboards.

A brother and sister (Paul and Elisabeth), left orphaned in their teens, create a private world within a shared bedroom where they find comfort and dependency through ‘the game’ - Paul and Elisabeth’s delusional combination of unadulterated fantasies. The ‘game’, once innocent, becomes marred with power, control, jealousy and destruction as the pressure of adulthood and society’s expectations attempt to invade the room these siblings have created.

Click here for more information.Tickets are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (585-274-3000). Click on the poster for a larger image.

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Friends of Eastman Opera Announce 17th Annual Voice Competition

Eastman School of MusicFriends of Eastman Opera is proud to announce the Seventeenth Annual Voice Competition with opera singer extraordinaire, actor, director and teacher, Catherine Malfitano, as this year's adjudicator.

Theis year's competition will take place on Friday, February 9, 2017 at 8 pm in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. A reception follows immediately on the Cominsky Promenade. The public is cordially invited to attend this memorable and exciting event. Admission is free.

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Frederica von Stade & Anthony Dean Griffey in Recital on February 18

Frederica von Stade and Anthony Dean Griffey in RecitalThe Eastman School of Music is thrilled to announce a special recital featuring Frederica von Stade and Eastman’s Anthony Dean Griffey on February 18 at 7 pm in Kilbourn Hall. Tickets for just the recital are available starting at $26. Admission to the performance and reception is available for $100 with proceeds benefiting the Eastman Voice and Opera Department. Tickets for the recital are on sale now. You may purchase online or by calling the Eastman Theatre Box Office at 585-274-3000.

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Opera Guild of Rochester Annual Recital for Donors Set for May 20

Tenor, Mark Daniels to perform at 2018 Annual Donor RecitalOur Annual Recital for donors will take place on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 2 pm at the Rochester Academy of Medicine located at 1441 East Avenue.

This year our recitalist is tenor Mark Daniels, who will be accompanied by pianist Rob Goodling.

Mr Daniels is a versatile tenor who hails from Kennebunk, Maine. His early studies were with David Goulet in Portland, Maine, where he made his professional debut as Charlie Dalrymple in Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon.

Mr. Daniels continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Rita Shane, where he made his Eastman Opera Theater operatic debut as Sam in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. He performed the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Urbania, Italy, with Benton Hess's Oberlin in Italy program and again in Buffalo, New York, with Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Other roles have included Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore with Genesse Valley Orchestra and Chorus, and Bingley in the world premier performance and recording of Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker's Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Mr. Daniels was the tenor soloist in J. S. Bach's Magnificat with the Finger Lakes Chorale under the direction of John Walker, and Great Lakes Productions created a show around him called "A Tenor," which he preformed for two years throughout the Rochester area and upstate New York with the "Tuscan Trio and Two Sopranos."

Mark Daniels' recital will include tenor arias by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Verdi as well as a collection of Neapolitan folk songs.

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Spotlight on Our Volunteers

Opera Guild of Rochester Volunteers at a Mailing PartyPictured, left to right, are Sylvia Marshall, Margaret Dundas, Agneta Borgstedt, and Elizabeth Beumer, preparing a mailing to Opera Guild constituents including the brochure for the current season.

Volunteers have opportunities to work together on projects of mutual interest.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact Carol Crocca, President, at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.


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Rochester Opera Guild's 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, President, at operaguildofrochester@gmail.com.

The following voulunteer positions are available: Assistant Publisher and Event Hosts.