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Finger Lakes Opera 
Die Fledermaus 

Finger Lakes Opera at Canandaigua Academy
435 East Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(enter at East Street entrance)

Johann Strauss Jr's  Die Fledermaus

Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

This comedic masterpiece of mistaken identities and amorous double-dealing is sure to entertain and charm audiences young and old alike. Die Fledermaus features a sparkling musical score full of beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration.

Cast of Principals
Elena O'Connor, as Rosalinde
Jonathan Michie, as Eisenstein
Bray Wilkins, as Alfred
Clara Nieman, as Orlofsky



Edition Viva Voce, August 2018

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The Summer Season
    The Great Gatsby 
    West Side Story
    The Cunning Little Vixen 
    The Barber of Seville 
    Silent Night
    Die Fledermaus 
    Little Red's Most Unusual Day 
    Opera Pops 
    As One 

TheMonth August

The Great Gatsby, Seagle
Mame, Seagle
West Side Story, Glimmerglass
The Cunning Little Vixen, Glimmerglass
The Barber of Seville, Glimmerglass
Silent Night, Glimmerglass
Die Fledermaus, Finger Lakes Opera
Little Red's Most Unusual Day, Finger Lakes Opera
Opera Pops, Finger Lakes Opera
As One, Chautauqua Opera
Demon, Bard
Rimsky-Korsakov and His World, Bard

SaveTheDatesSave the Date!

SEPTEMBER 27 Bravo Night at the Little Café. 


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MetHD2018-2019SeasonMetropolitan Opera HD Season 2018-2019

Verdi, Aida
October 6
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Verdi's version of French "grand opera" is a story of love, patriotism, loyalty and betrayal, set amid the splendor of the pharaohs and the beauty of the countryside. Anna Netrebko sings Aida, Anita Rachvelishvili is Amneris, Aleksandrs Antonenko is Radames, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Saint-Saëns, Samson and Delilah
October 20, 12:55
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Mark Elder conducts the Met's first new production of this opera in 20 years, featuring a monumental Temple of Dagon, under which Samson crushes his enemies in the last act. Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca, who sizzled in Carmen together not long ago, play the title characters.

Puccini, La Fanciulla del West
October 27, 12:55
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Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Muhly, Marnie
November 10, 12:55
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Based on a novel by Winston Graham, this new opera by Nico Muhly was commissioned by the Met. It tells the story of a beautiful and elusive woman and the man who pursues her.  Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and baritone Christopher Maltman sing the principals, with Robert Spano at the podium.

Verdi, La Traviata
December 15, 12:55
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer's richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta's hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo's father, Germont, who destroys their relationship.

Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur
January 12, 12:55
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Anna Netrebko sings the title role, based on the life of an actual 18th-century actress who dazzled audiences with her on- and off-stage passion. Piotr Becsala is her lover, Maurizio, and Gianandrea Noseda leads the orchestra. The story is superbly set by David McVicar in a working replica of a Baroque theater.

Bizet, Carmen
February 2, 12:55
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Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera's ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances of Bizet's masterpiece. Tenor Roberto Alagna is her lover, Don José, in Sir Richard Eyre's powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. Louis Langrée conducts.

Donizetti, La Fille du Régiment
March 2, 12:55
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Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of Donizetti's bel canto vocal fireworks-including the show-stopping tenor aria "Ah! Mes amis," with its nine high Cs. Maurizio Muraro is the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield and Enrique Mazzola in the pit.

Wagner, Die Walküre
March 30, 12:00 
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In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan's willful warrior daughter who loses her immortality in opera's most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan, Fricka is Jamie Barton, and Hunding, Gunther Groissbock. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmélites
May 11, 12:00 PM 
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc's devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.


Crouse-Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center
Free conductor's talk an hour prior to each performance

Christian Capocaccia, Conductor
Symphoria Orchestra
Syracuse Opera Chorus, Ensemble

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Verdi, Macbeth  
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Sung in Italian with projected English titles

R.B. Schlather, Director
Anthony Michaels-Moore, Macbeth
Alexandra Deshorties, Lady Macbeth

Mozart, Don Giovanni
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM  
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Ophelie Wolf, Director
Marcus DeLoach, Don Giovanni
Julia Ebner, Donna Anna
Pamela Armstrong, Donna Elvira
Robert Mellon, Leporello

Weill, Three Penny Opera
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:00 PM  
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM  
Sung in English with English surtitles.
Cara Consilvio, Director
Peter Kendall Clark, Macheath
Ron Lloyd, Peachum
Melissa Parks, Ceila Peachum
Gregory Sheppard, Tiger Brown

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, EUGENE ONEGIN
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Rufus Wainwright, HADRIAN
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Richard Strauss, ELEKTRA
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, COSÌ FAN TUTTE
FEBRUARY 5 TO 23, 2019
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Giacomo Puccini, LA BOHÈME
APRIL 17 TO MAY 22, 2019
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Giuseppe Verdi, OTELLO
APRIL 27 TO MAY 21, 2019
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October 14th, 2018 - 3pm
The Forum Theatre
236 Washington St.
Binghamton, NY 13901

Tri-Cities Opera opens its season with the tragic opera Madama Butterfly. Cio-Cio San, a 15 year old geisha, decides to renounce her occupation and religion to find true love in an American naval officer B. F. Pinkerton. Three long years pass and Pinkerton does indeed return but not to reunite with his ever faithful Butterfly.

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Nov 9th, & 16th, 2018 - 7:30pm
Nov 11th, & 18th, 2018 - 3:00pm
Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church
44 Main Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Suor Angelica is a unique one-act opera set in a 17th century Tuscan convent, containing moments of harrowing drama and unequaled redemptive beauty. The story take place over one day and intensifies as it unravels.

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Feb 22 & March 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Feb 24 & March 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
Tri-Cities Opera Center
315 Clinton Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

Three Decembers is a 90 minute one-act opera based on Terrence McNally's original script for Some Christmas Letters. The story takes place over three decades of the AIDS crisis, each section recalling the events of a December, as the characters struggle to connect when family secrets are revealed.

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 April 28th, 2019 - 3pm
The Forum Theatre
236 Washington St.
Binghamton, NY 13901

Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved operetta takes place aboard the ship HMS Pinafore. The captain's daughter is in love with a lower class sailor although her father intends her for Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. Will their plan succeed?

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Pegasus Logo
2018-2019 Season

All concerts at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester. Pre-concert talk at 3:15pm; concert at 4:00pm

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A Baroque Miscellany
September 16, 2018 @ 4 pm

Our 14th season begins with an array of chamber music performed by our dear musical friends. Music by familiar composers, such as Telemann and Marais, and unfamiliar composers, such as Pfeiffer-and more!

November 4, 2018 @ 4 pm

An excursion to 17th century Venice to explore the stunning vocal music of Barbara Strozzi, her contemporaries, and her influences. Music of Strozzi, Monteverdi, Schütz, Grandi, Ferrari, and others who lived during this innovative period.

February 24, 2019 @ 4 pm

It's a musical party as we celebrate with 17th century music and dance from Spain and the New World, including Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico.

April 7, 2019 @ 4 pm

"The magical duo Bedlam" (Fanfare Magazine) is Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Laudon Schuett, lute. Our first Pegasus Rising artists, they return to Rochester with a program of renaissance French and English lute songs. Sacred, secular, bawdy and tender!

Acis & Galatea
May 5, 2019 @ 4 pm

A semi-staged concert version of this beloved pastoral opera by Handel. Will the monster Polyphemus woo Galatea to his side? Michael Beattie, musical direction; Emily Cuk, stage direction.

OasisOasis Course 316: Exploring French Opera

Oasis is a national organization for adults age 50 and older, who wish to remain active physically, socially and mentally.  Rochester has a thriving chapter located at 259 Monroe Avenue.

Wednesdays      09/12/18 - 12/05/18       09:30 - 11:00    No class 11/21

John Bouman, Retired Partner, Nixon, Peabody, LLP

With lectures and DVDs, we will study six French operas, beginning with the very first: Lully's "Cadmus and Harmonia" (1673), the mythical tale of Cadmus, the greatest Greek hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Hercules, in a spectacular candle-lit production with reconstructed sets and 17th century costumes, just as King Louis XIV would have enjoyed it. Other operas in the program will include Gluck's "reform" opera "Orpheus and Eurydice" (1774), another mythical story involving the attempt by Orpheus to lead his beloved wife Eurydice out of the Underworld and back to the surface of the Earth without looking at her and featuring the beautiful "Dance of the Blessed Spirits;" Offenbach's operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld" (1858), an irreverent parody and satire on Gluck's Orpheus opera which culminates in the famous and risqué "can-can;" Meyerbeer's "Robert the Devil" (1831), one of the first grand operas to be performed at the Paris Opera, in which Robert, trying to win the hand of Isabella, enlists the magical powers of his mysterious friend Bertran who wants Robert to sign away his soul to the devil; Gounod's ever popular and tuneful "Faust" (1859); and Debussy's sensuous and tragic love story adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist play "Pelleas and Melisande."

Fee $70.00 for 12 classes. You may register online beginning August 21 at https://www.oasisnet.org/Rochester-NY/Classes or call Oasis at 585-730-8800 from 9am-3pm for further information.

From your Opera Guild 
Jerry Floriano at Soiree
Gerry Floriano introducing the program at the Summer Soiree 
The Summer Soirée (July 19th) was a success, especially considering that it was our first event of this kind. The Young Artists of the Finger Lakes Opera gave a lovely performance, and then continued to enjoy the evening with us. Amid a festive ambiance, the traffic at the bar and buffet testified to the success of our self-catering efforts. There were over 60 guests, with sufficient sponsors and donations to make a reasonable profit. Our organization is stronger for this effort and now has experience and skill in another activity useful to our non-profit endeavors.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, a highlight of which is the Finger Lakes Opera production of Dei Fledermaus on Aug 10 and 12. Fall is coming - see some of what's in store in this issue; the rest will be listed in September.
Please consider the Opera Guild of Rochester among your charitable organizations for 2018-19. Donations to the Opera Guild of Rochester are fully tax deductible and donors will receive an invitation to the Annual Recital in May 2019, which includes a dessert reception with the artists.


Enjoy our free Lecture/Listening series, which you can download from the Website at operaguildofrochester.org by clicking on Reading Room. While at our Website you can also learn about our opera program at Temple B'rith Kodesh, and our opera trips to regional opera companies including the Glimmerglass Festival.

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Comprimario: $100-$149.
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Maestro: $200-$299.
Impresario: $300 or more. 

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ReaderArticlesOpera Essays

This section brings you articles written by Opera Guild docents, previously distributed at HD performances. Other essays previously published as Reader Articles are also published in this section. All these essays are available on the Website in the Reading Room.   
There is no essay this month.  More articles will be returning soon.




Seagle Music Colony, 999 Charley Hill Road
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
(518) 532-7875
The Great Gatsby
John Harbison

August 1, 2, 4 at 8 pm, August 3 at 2 pm
This opera based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald had its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of James Levine with the Met. Seagle Music Colony is excited to be able to mount a new production of this beautiful and lyrical opera, and continue our tradition of cultivating new operas and giving our emerging artists a chance to sing the work of living composers.

Sung in English with projected English supertitles

Pre-show lecture - 1 hour prior to curtain.
Jerry Herman

August 15, 16, 18 at 8 PM, August 17 at 2 PM
Seagle Music Colony's 2018 mainstage season will close with this Broadway classic in its first SMC production. Based on the novel Auntie Mame, the story follows the eccentric title character as she finds her way from riches to rags and back again. A favorite for young and old, this show is sure to please.


July 7 - August 24
Our production of West Side Story gets a hip, urban look, and features the original Jerome Robbins choreography in one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musicals of our time.
July 8 - August 25
Inspired by "Vixen Sharp-Ears," a Czech cartoon, Janáček composed this poignant fable with lush orchestrations that summon the magic of a starlit night, the songs of birds and the peace of the ancient forest.
July 14 - August 25, 2018
Rossini's comic bel canto masterpiece The Barber of Seville will be presented in a production directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Glimmerglass Festival Music Director Joseph Colaneri.
July 15 - August 23  
In a singular moment during the "war to end all wars," peace broke out on Christmas Eve. Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night brings to life the brief, legendary truce during World War I.


Finger Lakes Opera 
Summer Season

Finger Lakes Opera at Canandaigua Academy
435 East Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(enter at East Street entrance)

Johann Strauss Jr's  Die Fledermaus

Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

This comedic masterpiece of mistaken identities and amorous double-dealing is sure to entertain and charm audiences young and old alike. Die Fledermaus features a sparkling musical score full of beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration.

Cast of Principals
Elena O'Connor, as Rosalinde
Jonathan Michie, as Eisenstein
Bray Wilkins, as Alfred
Clara Nieman, as Orlofsky

Little Red's Most Unusual Day

Saturday, August 11 @ 10:30 a.m.

A captivating children's opera aimed at introducing our young audiences to the wonderful world of opera. This showing is FREE!

Opera Pops

Saturday, August 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

This program showcases some of opera's greatest hits, blended with a bit of Broadway, and performed by Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra and the Finger Lakes Opera Young Artists.



Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Norton Hall - - Purchase Tickets

Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Matt Gray, Stage Director
Kelly Markgraf - Hannah Before
Sasha Cooke - Hannah After
Fry Street Quartet

As One is one of the most performed new operas in the country, and its exciting arrival at Chautauqua Opera reunites the original cast and ensemble of the 2014 premiere. Accompanied by the Fry Street Quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf again share the part of the transgender protagonist Hannah in the opera's sixteen vignettes that chronicle her journey toward self-acceptance with empathy and humor.

More Performances

In addition to our mainstage operas, the Chautauqua Opera Company presents over 30 programs each season, including concerts, recitals, and an opera for young audiences, and more.


BARDSummerScapeBARD SummerScape Festival

Photo © Cory Weaver

June 28-August 19, 2018
The fifteenth annual Bard SummerScape festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 29th annual Bard Music Festival, Rimsky-Korsakov and His World. 
Anton Rubinstein's Demon
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger
The rich choruses and fiery libretto of Rubinstein's 1871 masterpiece will be performed by an all-Russian cast in this rare new American production.

July 27
-August 5
Bard Music Festival 
Rimsky-Korsakov and His World
Bard Music Festival weekends include orchestral concerts, chamber and choral music performances, panel discussions, special events, and opera in concert.
Weekend One: August 10-12
Inventing Russian Music: The Mighty Five
Weekend Two: August 17-19
Rimsky-Korsakov and His Followers

For tickets go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu/boxoffice/

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