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.
Opera Guild Members & Friends Attend Classical Idol XI - Winners Announced!
Members 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.
Opera Guild of Rochester Annual Recital for Donors
The Opera Guild of Rochester is proud to announce their annual recital which will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 pm at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue.
Our recitalist this year will be soprano, Paige Kiefner, a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has appeared as Emily Webb in Ned Rorem's Our Town and in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites, Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me, and Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Paige also starred as Maria in Roberts Wesleyan's production of West Side Story.
Her credits also include Rochester Lyric Opera's production of The Tales of Custard the Dragon and Little Red's Most Unusual Day. She is a section leader in the Third Presbyterian Chancel Choir under the direction of Peter Dubois as soprano soloist. Paige is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The program titled "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History," will include selections by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Donizetti, as well as repertoire from Broadway musicals.
Ms. Kiefner will be accompanied by Jacob Stebly. Mr. Stebly studied Vocal and Opera Performance at the Eastman School of Music.
Since then he has held positions at Syracuse University as a Music Director and pianist for their Musical Theater Program, as well as assistant to the Rare Books Department at the Sibley Music Library.
He has recently appeared in You're Gonna Love Tomorrow with the Rochester Lyric Opera and was music director for Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music with Syracuse University.
Productions by Local Opera Companies
Click on the links below to view the upcoming operas for each company.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.