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Late Breaking News!  From Finger Lakes Opera:   
Cendrillon Pre-Performance Lecture

Join us for a pre-performance lecture about Massenet's opera Cendrillon on April 28, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. The lecture will be in one of the party rooms at Cinemark Tinseltown, 2291 Buffalo Road, Rochester, New York, Rochester's premier theater for Metropolitan Opera Live in HD performances. The speaker will be Lindsay Baker*, Managing Director of Finger Lakes Opera. Light refreshments will be provided. The cost is $10.00, and seating is extremely limited.

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. . . and don't forget
Classical Idol, April 28, 7:30 pm
Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave.

A few tickets at Opera Guild tables are available
Call the ROS Box Office at (585) 473-2234


Edition Viva Voce, May 2018

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The Summer Season
    Julius Caesar 
    The Great Gatsby 
    Billy Goats Gruff
    West Side Story
    The Cunning Little Vixen 
    The Barber of Seville 
    Silent Night
Geneva Light Opera
    The Barber of Seville 
    Die Fledermaus 
    Little Red's Most Unusual Day 
    Opera Pops 
    Don Giovanni 
    As One 
    The Merry Widow 
    The Consul 
    Rocking Horse Winner 
Bard SummerScape 


April 28      Cendrillon lecture
April 28      Classical Idol
May 5, 6     Eastman Opera Scenes
May 5         Dave Mancini
May 12       Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition
May 19       Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition Winners' Recital
May 20       Opera Guild Donor Recital
May 24, 26  RPO Carmen in concert
May 27        Verdi's MacBeth

SaveTheDatesSave the Dates!

JUNE 13 th BRAVO NIGHT at the Little Café! 7-9 pm. Live accompanied classical vocalists performing opera and musical theater favorites.

JULY 19th SUMMER SOIRÉE, the first ever Opera Guild benefit event, with the Young Artists of the Finger Lakes Opera. We are looking forward to sharing with you this evening of opera and festivity!

EastmanOpera2017-2018Eastman Opera
2017-2018 Calendar

May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at 2:00 p.m.
804 Black Box Theatre

*Tickets sold through the
Eastman Theatre Box Office
433 East Main St., Rochester NY
Pre-performance Talks one hour
before each Eastman Opera Theatre performance
Information about upcoming
Eastman concerts and events can be found at


Enjoy the opera at The Little! Here is the 2017-18 Royal Opera House lineup

Verdi's Macbeth

Sunday, May 27, 12 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 6 PM

Join fellow opera fans for informal discussion at a Meet-Up in the café after the Saturday screening. 

See Reader Article on Macbeth in this issue.  

For more information Click Here

ManciniDave Mancini

Featuring the Music of Dave Mancini
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018 AT 7:30 pm
Hochstein Performance Hall
50 Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY

Rebecca Gilbert, Flute,
Wilfredo Deglans, Violin

Tigran Vardanyan, Violin,
Nick Weiser, Piano,
Mike Griffin, Bass

Dave Mancini, Drum Set and Percussion
with Guest Vocalist Kristy Ingersol

General Admission $15.00, Students $10.00
Tickets available at the door and in advance at
Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Ave, Rochester
DSC and More Print & Copy, 401 E. Main St., East Rochester
FingerLakesChoralInvitation to sing with the Finger Lakes Choral

2018 Choral Festival - Registration open!
Join us to perform Grande Messe des morts (or Requiem), Op. 5, by Hector Berlioz, with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and auxiliary brass. With Daniel McInerney, tenor. We'll use Festival Founder Adrian Horn's revision. Eric Townell conducts. Performance will be at Sunday, July 29, 4 PM at Hochstein Performance Hall.

Registration is now open! To join, print and complete this  form . Mail the completed form with your payment to Finger Lakes Choral Festival, Inc., P.O. Box 30823, Rochester, NY, 14603. Then watch your inbox for further information!

The Mission of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival
The Finger Lakes Choral Festival, Inc., now in its 16th season, brings together singers each summer from more than 50 Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes area communities, as well as visitors from other states and countries. The Choral Festival has performed before more than 30,000 concert-goers, with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the 5000 seat CMAC Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution's Historic Amphitheater, with the Redwood Symphony at Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco, and at Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester.

All singers with prior choral experience are invited to participate. For information on how to join the chorus,
e-mail us with your name, address and voice part. To be added to our mailing list, please send your name and address--and also your voice part if you are interested in singing in future concerts.

LiederCompetitionJessie Kneisel Lieder Competition
Saturday, May 12, 1 PM - 10 PM in Kilbourn Hall 
Free and open to the public 
Click Here for detailed info on the competition.

Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition Winners' Recital

Saturday, May 12, 8 PM - 10 PM in Kilbourn Hall 
Free and open to the public 
  Click Here for detailed info on the winners' recital.

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Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 
Ward Stare
, conductor

BIZET  Carmen (concert production)        

"Free was I born! Free will I die!" Bizet's ravishing heroine breaks hearts and lives life to the fullest in this riveting tale of passion and obsession, set amidst the backdrop of 19th-century Seville. Filled with instantly-recognizable arias, including the slinky "Habanera" and swaggering "Toreador Song," this special concert production will transport you to a lively world of gypsies, bandits, and bullfighters, along with providing an unforgettable evening of vocal and orchestral fireworks.

Join conductors and special guests for a free, fun, and lively discussion about the music before each Philharmonics Series concert. Talks start one hour before the concert and end with ample time for you to refresh before the concert begins. Talks are held on the orchestra level of the Eastman Theatre.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
To purchase tickets online (Click Here), or call us at (585) 454-2100, or visit any Rochester-area Wegmans.

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NEW YORK (April 17, 2018) - The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music awarded a record $99,000 at the 2018 Lotte Lenya Competition, which took place at Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY on April 14, 2018. This year's competition brought the total distributed to young singers to more than $1 million in awards, prizes, and grants in the twenty-year history of the contest.

The judges-Tony Award-winning actress Victoria Clark, Encores! Artistic director Jack Viertel, UK conductor James Holmes-found the field of fifteen finalists so evenly matched that, after long deliberation, they decided to name three $15,000 winners and three $10,000 winners rather than the usual first, second, and third prizes. An additional $14,000 in discretionary awards was presented to four performers.

John Brancy (29, Mullica Hill, NJ), Caroline Hewitt (26, Houston, TX), and Laura Corina Sanders (23, San Francisco, CA, [winner in 2017 of the Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition] each were awarded $15,000. Christian Hoff (25, Towson, MD), Reilly Nelson (28, Sault Ste. Marie, ON), and Philip Stoddard (26, Phoenix, AZ) took home $10,000 each. The three $15,000 winners impressed the judges with their vocal prowess, dramatic risk-taking, and canny choices of repertory. The $10,000 winners were recognized for their credibility of characterization, fluency with multiple languages, and idiomatic renditions of diverse repertory.
Discretionary awards in the amount of $3,500 were given to four singers for a notable aspect of their programs or performances. Christof Messner, 31 of Vienna, Austria, received the Carolyn Weber Award for outstanding creativity in the design of a diverse program and exceptional sensitivity to text/music relationships; Richard Glöckner, 23 of Salzburg, Austria, won a Lys Symonette Award ($3,500) for his imaginative presentation of "Bilbao Song" from Happy End. Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod, 30 of Tel Aviv, Israel, received a Lys Symonette Award for her riveting performance of "Lied der Lulu." Nkrumah Gatling, 32 of Houston, TX, received the Marc Blitzstein Award for his moving rendition of "The Hills of Ixopo" from Lost in the Stars. All other finalists-Christine Amon (31, Grand Rapids, MI), Daniel Berryman (27, New York, NY), Andrea Lett (27, Winnipeg, MB), Benjamin Pattison (27, Arlington, VA), and John Tibbetts (27, Tifton, GA)-received $2,000. Victoria Clark summarized the judges' quandary in picking winners: "All of these young artists are already well on their way to varied careers."


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Comprimario: $100-$149, one additional recital invitation.
Primo: $150-$199, $20 discount on trip (except to New York City).
Maestro: $200-$299, $30 discount on trip (except to New York City).
Impresario: $300 or more, $30 discount on trip (except to New York City); two additional recital invitations. 
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OGRAnnualRecitalOpera Guild of Rochester Annual Recital for Donors

Sunday May 20, 2018, 2 p.m.
Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave.

Mark Daniels
This year our recitalist is tenor Mark Daniels, accompanied by pianist Rob Goodling.

Mr Daniels is a versatile tenor who hails from Kennebunk, Maine. His early studies were with David Goulet in Portland, Maine, where he made his professional debut as Charlie Dalrymple in Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon. Mr. Daniels continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Rita Shane, where he made his Eastman Opera Theater operatic debut as Sam in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. He performed the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Urbania, Italy, with Benton Hess's Oberlin in Italy program and again in Buffalo, New York, with Buffalo Opera Unlimited. Other roles have included Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore with Genesse Valley Orchestra and Chorus, and Bingley in the world premier performance and recording of Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Warren Baker's Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Daniels was the tenor soloist in J. S. Bach's Magnificat with the Finger Lakes Chorale under the direction of John Walker, and Great Lakes Productions created a show around him called " A Tenor," which he preformed for two years throughout the Rochester area and upstate New York with the "Tuscan Trio and Two Sopranos."

Mark Daniels' recital will include tenor arias by Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Verdi as well as a collection of Neapolitan folk songs.

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 also available on the Website in the Reading Room.   
Verdi calls Shakespeare "Master of the human heart."

Firenze. On March 14, 1847 Maestro Verdi's Macbeth opened at the Teatro della Pergola to a libretto by Francesco Piave.  The composer said that he is extremely pleased to have set Shakespeare's play, as he has been an admirer of the British dramatist for many years and keeps two well-read translations of his works in the bookcase by his bedside.  Adding that he hopes to work with other plays by Shakespeare in the future, Verdi emphasized that he and his librettist had taken pains to be faithful to the story and the spirit of Shakespeare's masterpiece.

Our critic agrees that they have succeeded, and much poetry in the libretto is taken directly from the play [modern note: subtitles should improve].  A few departures have been necessary to fulfill the demands of the opera medium.  The enhanced role for Lady Macbeth should satisfy any prima donna who undertakes it, and in this case was ably performed by Marianna Barbiere-Nini.  (See Madame Barbiere-Nini's comments on the dress rehearsal below.)  In fact, Verdi gave us an exclusive insight into his ideas for the future, remarking that in any revision, he would include yet another aria for the Lady in Act II, his working title: La luce langue.

The public received the new work well, despite its departure from the romantic theme of thwarted love now so popular; and its supernatural dimension, since witches are not so traditional a part of our Italian folklore as they are in England.

As to that final dress rehearsal, Madame Barbiere-Nini recounts that the guests were already seated, and she and Felice Varesi, the baritone who sang Macbeth, were in costume.  Verdi called them and demanded yet another rehearsal of the Act I duet, in the foyer!  {Maestro Verdi is well-known for his meticulous attention to all aspects of the performance, and has even been referred to as the "Bear of Busseto."}  Signor Varesi protested that we had already rehearsed the duet at least 150 times.  The Maestro replied, "I wouldn't say that again, for within half an hour it will be 151!"

Editor's note:  While the newspaper article itself is fiction, all is based on fact.  Verdi did revise the opera in 1865 for Paris, and this is the version usually performed now.  The incident of the duet rehearsal in the foyer is taken from the prima donna's memoirs. 

- Carol Crocca, for the Opera Guild of Rochester

This article first appeared for the Live in HD Met performance of Macbeth some years ago.




Seagle Music Colony, 999 Charley Hill Road
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
(518) 532-7875
Leonard Bernstein

July 5, 6, 7 at 8 pm, July 6 at 2 pm

Seagle Music Colony's 103rd season will begin with our tribute to the 100th birthday of the great American composer, conductor and musical icon, Leonard Bernstein. This fantastical romp through time and cultures is based on the novel by Voltaire and features plenty of memorable tunes and quick-witted action.
Julius Caesar
George Friderick Handel

July 18, 19, 21 at 8 pm, July 20 at 2 pm
Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare), is one of the most performed Baroque operas in the canon, but will be Seagle Music Colony's first production in the genre in many years. With a compelling plot and an incredible amount of virtuosic music, this opera will be a real showcase of the emerging artists' talent, and a joy for our audiences.

Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.

Pre-Show lecture - 1 hour prior to curtain.

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.
Billy Goats Gruff
Children's Opera

July 14 at 10:00 and 11:30 am - Boathouse Theater
John Davies' take on the traditional fairy tale uses music of Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini in a delightful 35 minute show that teaches audiences about the perils of being a bully. Performances are free and will be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Billy Goats Gruff
Children's Opera - July 14 at 10:00 and 11:30 am - Boathouse Theater
Also on tour across the North Country - dates and locations TBA


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.

For information about the Opera Guild tour to The Cunning Little Vixen contact
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.




Rossini's Comic Opera
The Barber of Seville
Thursday July 26 at 7:30 PM
Saturday July 28 at 7:30 PM
Sunday July 29 at 3:00 PM

at The Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY
Featured singers include

Jimi James
Valerian Ruminiski
mezzo soprano
Sarah Nordin
conducted by
James Blachly
with a hand-picked
Chamber Orchestra

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 315-789-8660
and starting April 1st online at the website.

Tickets $75 - $10, Children K-12 free
82 Seneca St., Geneva, NY
For more information, Click Here


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
Valentina Farcas, as Adele
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.



Saturday July 7, 2018 - 8:15 p.m.  

Amphitheater - - Purchase Tickets

Ned Canty, Stage Director
David Adam Moore - Don Giovanni
Richard Bernstein - Leporello

When legendary womanizer Don Giovanni goes too far, he finds himself tangled in his own web of lies and deception. Experience the magic of Mozart in the Amphitheater! With its perfect blend of tragedy and comedy, larger than life characters and stunning score, this opera is an irresistible classic.

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.

Norton Hall - - Purchase Tickets

Jay Lesenger, Stage Director
Robert Orth - Voltaire/Pangloss/Martin
Leann Sandel-Pantaleo - The Old Lady

The naive young hero, Candide, is plagued by an endless series of bizarre comedic disasters on his globe-spanning search for the true meaning of life. Based on the sharply satirical story of innocence lost by Voltaire, Leonard Bernstein's darkly funny operetta receives its company debut, joining the centennial celebration of the composer's birth. With a delightfully tuneful score, including highlights such as "Glitter and be Gay" and "Make our Garden Grow," Candide truly offers audiences "the best of all possible worlds."

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.



THE 2018  

The Spa Little Theater
Spa State Park
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


June 29 and July 13, 7:30; July 1 and July 8, 2 pm.

One of the most popular operettas across the globe,
The Merry Widow, returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in thirty years. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich... and she's captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? Will all those dancing girls prove too distracting for the audience?! Franz Lehár's magical score features the famous "Vilja" song, the "Merry Widow Waltz," and many more beloved melodies.

, Menotti

July 7, 7:30; July 7 and July 15, 2 pm

In 1950, The New York Times hailed the Broadway premiere of The Consul as "a smash hit" and "an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression...written from the heart, with a blazing sincerity and a passion of human understanding... It is torn out of the life of the present-day world, and poses an issue which mercilessly confronts humanity today. And this is done with a new wedding of the English language with music in a way which is singable, intensely dramatic and poetic by turns, and always of beauty." Almost 70 years later, Gian Carlo Menotti's riveting opera still delivers a punch as powerful and timely as its subject matter - the struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy.

, Williams/Chatterton  

July 7, 7:30; July 9 and July 15, 2 pm

Both sung in English with English Supertitles

A modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's short story, Rocking Horse Winner explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother.  The son becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the "bad luck" of his family in order to win her love in an intimate, psychological look at love, "luck", and greed.

This opera was one of the earliest collaborations between David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, whose critically acclaimed works also include JFK and Dog Days. Vinkensport is a bittersweet comedy in one act that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. We see a motley assortment of contestants battle to see who has the most melodious bird. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed.  

Tickets, $50-95. Opera Gala, June 3, 4:30 pm, $175.

Click here for website and to buy tickets.

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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

June 28- July 22
Leonard Bernstein's Peter Pan
After the play by J. M. Barrie

Adapted and directed by Christopher Alden
Returning to New York for the first time since 1950,  the Broadway smash hit is rediscovered for Leonard Bernstein's centennial. This intimate new production grows by turns whimsical and sinister, joyful and dark, creating a gripping portrait of the boy who wouldn't grow up.  

For tickets go to

From your Opera Guild 
A note to subscribers:  We publish news of Opera Guild events at various times during the year and those on our snail-mail list receive the full schedule in September.  Usually all goes well and everything takes place as advertised.  But if something changes, the only way we have of notifying you is through the Viva Voce. So if you are planning to attend one of our events, be it lecture, Meet-up, Bravo Night or whatever, please check your latest issue of the newsletter to make sure there hasn't been a change or cancellation.

Our first Bravo Night was a standing-room-only success, so my advice to you is to come early if you want to catch the second one on June 13 th.  While the season is winding down, there is still opera to be enjoyed: Opera Scenes by Eastman students, the Opera Guild Donor Recital, RPO's Carmen in concert, and Macbeth at The Little.

The Guild is very busy preparing for our Summer Soirée on July 19th, the first ever, with the Young Artists of the Finger Lakes Opera on the program.  We are working to create a relaxed and entertaining evening to celebrate good weather, good company and good music for the benefit of our opera outreach.  Please save the date! 
Please consider the Opera Guild of Rochester among your charitable organizations for 2018. Donations to the Opera Guild of Rochester are fully tax deductible and donors will receive an invitation to the Annual Recital in May 2018, which includes a dessert reception with the artists.

To donate online Click Here. Be sure to scroll down until you find the PayPal link.

Enjoy our free Lecture/Listening series, which you can download from the Website 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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