About Opera Guild of Rochester


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The Opera Guild of Rochester, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, with a mission to support opera and opera education in the Rochester area.

The Guild 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 Brighton.

In addition, this website will also serve as a clearing house for local and regional opera, concert, and recital information, with links to other music organizations in our area.

Please join us in support of opera in Rochester! Donors of $60 or more may participate in Guild events for a reduced fee and enjoy a free recital each May.


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Opera Guild of Rochester shall be to foster an interest in and an appreciation of opera within the Greater Rochester community, to support and promote the presentation of opera in the Greater Rochester area, and to enhance the education and enjoyment of opera among its members and the community at large through various programming.


Opera Guild of Rochester Board

Madama ButterflyAfter 27 years with the Opera Guild,17 years as President, Agneta D. Borgstedt M.D. graciously nominated Carol Crocca, formerly Vice-President of Development, as the new President of the Opera Guild of Rochester. Agneta will be President Emerita and will continue as Board Member and Treasurer as well as being one of the Docents for our free lectures. She will also assist with the organization of events including the Annual Recital.

  • Carol Crocca, President
  • Agneta D. Borgstedt, President Emerita & Treasurer
  • Arthur Axelrod, Vice-President
  • Marcia Elwitt, Secretary
  • Peter Dundas Ph.D., Technical Support
  • Helga Strasser, Guild Opera Tour Coordinator
  • Docents: Agneta D. Borgstedt; Arthur Axelrod; Carol Crocca; Peter Dundas; Rosalba Pisaturo

We have many volunteers, who make our programs successful: Lillian Bonanni is the Hostess Coordinator for our events; Bill Crocca gives technical support and with Lida Moore and Carol Crocca as editor, publishes our free monthly newsletter Viva Voce; David Sharkey maintains the Opera Guild of Rochester database; Cindy Battisti manages the Opera Guild's Facebook page and Twitter account; Linda Berger-Dunn helps with financial reports; Mary Bonaccio and the Verdi Group including Scott Horsington assist with marketing; Rachel Stuhlman writes for the Met HD Broadcasts and our newsletter, Viva Voce and many volunteers help with the mailing for our tours and events.