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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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Classical Idol XI

Rochester Oratorio Society Announces Classical Idol XI

For the 11th year, Rochester hosts the Classical Idol International Vocal Competition, widely considered as an essential step for emerging solo vocal artists, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Rochester.

Tickets for this gala event ($75) presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society are available online or through the ROS Office, (585) 473-2234. Please contact the ROS Office to arrange for tables of up to 8 guests.

Judging this season are Erie Mills, Metropolitan Opera soprano, Constance Fee, , Associate Professor of Vocal Performance, Director of Vocal Studies at Roberts Wesleyan College Douglas Kinney Frost, internationally-active opera conductor; and Jonathan Beyer, international baritone solo artist. Eric Townell, Artistic Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society and Rochester Lyric Opera, chairs the panel. Julia Figueras, Music Director and Midday Host for Classical 91.5 WXXI Public Broadcasting, emcees the event. Click here for more information about this event.

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Syracuse Opera presents Eugene Onegin

Tour to Syracuse Opera for Eugene Onegin

The Opera Guild of Rochester is planning a tour to Syracuse Opera to see Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Handsome and callous, Onegin brings heartbreak to those around him. Young Tatianna is humiliated by his recklessness and his best friend Lensky finds himself reaching for the dueling pistols. Tchaikovsky's passionate score holds nothing back.

Sung in Russian with English sub titles. All attendees are invited to attend a free conductor's pre-talk an hour prior to each performance.

Click here for more information about this production.

Click here to download the flyer and book your seat for Eugene Onegin.


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Opera Guild of Rochester Annual Recital for Donors

Soprano, Paige KiefnerThe 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.

Jacob SteblyMs. 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.


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Productions by Local Opera Companies

Click on the links below to view the upcoming operas for each company.

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Harry Somers: Louis Riel
Puccini: Tosca

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

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Glass: 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 and Event Hosts.