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Edition Viva Voce, July 2015

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

The Guild presents free opera lectures at local libraries, tours to productions of local opera companies and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and our popular Beat-the-Blahs, Haskell Rosenberg Memorial Series, at Temple B'rith Kodesh in Brighton.

Our Website serves as a clearinghouse for local and regional opera, concert, and recital information, with links to other music organizations on our area. Please visit us at   

This newsletter is sent via eMail each month, currently to about 3,000 subscribers.  For a free subscription send your contact details, including your eMail address, to

The Opera Guild of Rochester is also on facebook. For up-to-date information on opera-related news and events, please visit us on

Reader Article submission deadline for the next issue is the 15th of the previous month.

GlimmerglassGlimmerglass Opera Tour

Verdi's  Macbeth
July 21, 2015

New production, presented in Italian with projected English text.

Shakespeare's tragedy of Macbeth is one of Western civilization's most powerful and iconic tales. In the first Glimmerglass production of Verdi's opera based on the play, Artist-in-Residence Eric Owens makes his role debut as the title character with Melody Moore as his scheming wife.

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for flyer. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY     

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GenevaGeneva Light Opera
Mozart's Cos? fan tutte

7:30 p.m. on July 23 and 25 and at 3:00 on Sunday, July 26

Geneva Light Opera presents its summer production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cos? fan tutte - subtitled The School for Lovers - a sublime and sometimes startling mix of hilarious farce and poignant drama by Vienna's Imperial Court poet Lorenzo Da Ponte at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St., Geneva, N.Y.

Staged and directed by New York City Opera veteran Neil Eddinger and conducted by James Blachly with the assistance of pianist Elizabeth Rogers, the production features some of Mozart's most sumptuous arias, duets, and ensemble pieces, sung entirely in English.

Two young men make a bet with an older friend that their fianc?es will remain faithful under any circumstances. The friend, claiming to know better, arranges for the men to leave the girls, who are sisters, and then return in disguise. The girls waver, and soon each falls headlong for the other's fianc?. When the mean-spirited trick is revealed, all we can know for certain is that those relationships will never be the same.

Appearing in the cast are operatic bass baritone Jimi James, coloratura soprano Michelle Seipel, dramatic coloratura Alexis Cregger, mezzo soprano Andrea McGaugh, local baritone Charles King and a chorus of area singers.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $45 for couples, $18 for college students and senior citizens; children in grades k-12 are admitted free of charge. A limited number of VIP tickets are available to the Saturday performance for $60; $90 per couple. Tickets are available at the Smith Opera House, by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 1-866-355-LIVE (5483), and online at Box office hours are weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. They can also be purchased at Area Records and Music in Geneva, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, and Mobile Music in Canandaigua.

Jimi James, shown here as Papageno from last year's production of the Magic Flute

Neil Eddinger

James Blachly

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ChautauquaChautauqua Opera Season 2015

Verdi's Macbeth 
July 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm
Chautauqua historic amphitheater

Performed in English with English supertitles
Translation by Andrew Porter

Macbeth: Michael Chioldi
Lady Macbeth: Jill Gardner
Banquo: David Crawford
Macduff: Jason Wickson

Conductor: Hal France

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
July 31 and August 3, 2015
Norton Hall

Performed in English with English supertitles
Translation by David Lloyd-Jones

Onegin: Matthew Worth
Tatiana: Elisabeth Baldwin
Prince Gremin: Richard Bernstein
Olga: Clara Nieman
Lenski: John Riesen

Conductor: Peter Leonard

Tickets for our 2015 Opera's Macbeth and Eugene Onegin are available at
Macbeth is festival seating ( no additional ticket purchase necessary if holding a valid gate pass). Seating for Eugene Onegin is reserved and tickets are
$52, $42, and $15 (your ticket will also admit to Chautauqa's grounds up to an hour before and after performance)

For more information go to:

FingerFinger Lakes Opera Festival 2015
Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

The main stage operatic production in the Wadsworth Auditorium at Geneseo College

One of Donizietti's masterpieces of opera buffa will be performed on August 7 and 9, 2015, sung in Italian with English supertitles. Conductor, Gerard Floriano.

Adina will be sung by Andrea Carroll and Nemorino by Victor Robertson.

Returning to Finger Lakes Opera will be its creative team, including stage director E. Loren Meeker, scene designer Laura Hawkes, and lighting designer Nic Minetor.

Tickets for the 2015 season will be available online ( and by phone at (585) 245-5650. A group package of 10 or more tickets will receive a $5.00 per ticket discount.

Click Here for a special dinner and prime-seat package sponsored by your Guild.   

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Gerard Floriano

Andrea Carrol

Victor Robertson

LyricRochester Lyric Opera
Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
440 East Avenue




Rochester Lyric Opera's  
10th Anniversary Celebration


Following a celebratory reception on Aug 28 at 6:30 PM, enjoy a concert  performance of Mozart's The Impresario, complemented by a suite of scenes and arias featuring Rochester Lyric Artists.
Click here for more information

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MidsummerMidsummer Night Opera 
Inaugural Season

From the web site:

Midsummer Night Opera was founded in March 2015 by Paulina Swierczek and Kimberly Merrill, sopranos at the Eastman School of Music.  

Midsummer Night Opera is geared toward giving young talented musicians opportunities to learn and perform roles from the standard operatic repertory, and we look to present a polished and engaging final product for the interested audiences of Rochester and its surrounding areas.

Our first season consists of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

We will be performing in Rochester at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation from August
17-19, 2015 and at the Gowanda's historic Hollywood Theater (an historical landmark) from August 21-23, 2015. 

We are neither paying our performers, nor being paid to perform. As such, we have a list of associated costs that we need to defray. Please donate at our web site and visit our web site for updated information.

The address of the Gowanda's historical Hollywood Theater Ltd is
P.O.Box 164, 39 West Main Street, Gowanda NY 14070. Tel: (716) 532 6103.
Driving time from Rochester is approximately 1 hour 50 minutes each way. 

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Syracuse Opera Announces

2015-2016 Season

Glory Denied 

Nov. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. 

La Boheme

Feb. 5, 2016 at 8 p.m.

West Side Story

Apr. 8, 2016 at 8 p.m

For season tickets call the box office (315) 476 7372

Click Here for more details

CanadaCanadian Opera Company
Announces its
2015-2016 Season

Verdi's La Traviata
October 8, 13, 16, 17, 21, 24, 29, 30 and
November 1, 4, 6, 2015

Barbara Monk Feldman

  • Pyramus and Thisbe

Claudio Monteverdi

  • IL Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
  • Lamento D'Arianna
October 20, 23, 25, 28 and
November 5, 7, 2015

Wagner's Siegfried
January 23, 27, 30 and
February 2, 5, 11, 14, 2016

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
February 4, 7, 9, 13, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27,  2016
Bizet's Carmen April 12, 17, 20, 23, 28, 30 and
May 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 2016

Rossini's Maometto II
April 29, and
May 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 14,  2016

Subscribe by phone: 

(416) 363-8231

1 800-250-4653

by mail:

Ticket Services Canadian Opera Company

227 Front St. E.

Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

Click Here for more information.

ReaderArticlesReader Articles

This section brings you articles written by anyone involved in opera, from impresarios, to singers, to fans.  If you have seen a performance that you want to review, or have attended a class or workshop that you want to write about, or have a story or a review that would interest others, we encourage you to submit it to us and we will schedule it for inclusion.  Please send your submissions to and please limit them to 500 words.  All submissions are subject to editorial review.

There is a summer hiatus in reader contributions.  Please wat ch for new articles in future editions.
FromGuildFrom your Opera Guild

Lillian Bonanni, Agneta Borgstedt, Ettie Rubinstein, and Rosalie DiPasquale
Ettie Rubinstein, seated

Ettie Rubinstein and her late husband Philip were supporters of the Opera Guild when Haskell Rosenberg started the Guild almost 25 years ago, and Ettie is now our oldest supporter.  Philip was an enthusiastic participant in our opera trips and other events and often in his later years was accompanied by his daughter, who would visit from Ohio.  He also reached his 100th Birthday in 2013 but was not well enough in his last two years of life to participate in Guild events.  After Philip died, Opera Guild volunteers Lillian Bonanni and Rosalie DiPasquale, later joined by Agneta Borgstedt, have periodically taken Ettie, together with the aides who care for her at home, out for lunch.  On June 6, they arranged to celebrate her 100th birthday, with home-made kugel (noodle pudding), chocolate cream cake and flowers.  Ettie enjoyed the food and the company and all had a wonderful three hours together.

Please consider the Opera Guild of Rochester among your charitable organizations for 2015. Donations to the Opera Guild of Rochester are fully tax deductible and donors receive an invitation to a free Annual Recital in May 2015, which is our gift to our donors, followed by dessert reception with the artists.

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

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