Community Conversations

 Dates for the 2019-2020 Community Conversations

Macbeth Day, a Community Conversation:  Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sylvania Branch Library, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Celebrating Toledo Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s “Macbeth.”


Toledo Opera will collaborate with WGTE Public Broadcasting and the Sylvania Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) for a day-long program of live features that explore Shakespeare, opera and Toledo Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Macbeth.” Interspersed with WGTE’s classical music programming, Macbeth Day features interviews with the Opera’s creative team, performances by stars of the upcoming production, a Macbeth scene reading by Ottawa Hills High School AP students, a choral work with Shakespeare text sung  by the Woodward High School Choraliers, and conversations with TLCPL and Toledo Opera staff, and Toledo Opera Guild members.


Hosted by Brad Cresswell, WGTE Music Director and Haley Taylor, WGTE Radio Content Producer and On-Air Host. “Macbeth Day” special events will take place during WGTE’s 9am-11am and 1pm-3:30pm local programming. The Sylvania Branch of TLCPL, 6749 Monroe Street, Sylvania, is the site for the live broadcast segments. Macbeth Day is open to the public to observe and enjoy.


9:00-9:30am                Jason Kuszma, Director, Toledo Lucas County Public Library & Suzanne Rorick, Executive Director, Toledo Opera

9:30-10:00am              Ivan Stefanutti, Director and Costumer, Toledo Opera’s Macbeth

10:00-10:30am            Reading of a scene from Shakespeare's  Macbeth and discussion - Ottawa Hills High School AP English students LIVE PERFORMANCE

                                   Sara Eisenbaum, Ottawa Hills High School Senior AP English teacher

                                   Dale Girard, Fight Director, Toledo Opera’s Macbeth

10:30-11:00am            “How Like a Winter” arr. Ruth Morris Gray, text by Wm. Shakespeare Woodward Choraliers, Woodward High School LIVE PERFORMANCE

                                    Dr. Joan Simonis Walldorf, Choir Director & Mr. Robert Duris, Assistant Choir Director

                                    James Meena, Conductor, Toledo Opera’s “Macbeth”

1:00-1:30pm               “Adapting Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the Operatic Stage” - Kevin Bylsma, Toledo Opera Chorus Master/Head of Music Preparation &

                                   Eftychia Papanikolaou, Associate Professor of Musicology, Bowling Green State University

1:30-2:00pm                Othalie Graham, soprano, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Kevin Bylsma, piano LIVE PERFORMANCE

2:00-2:30pm                Jason Wickson, tenor, Macduff in Macbeth and Kevin Bylsma, piano - LIVE PERFORMANCE

2:30-3:00pm               Megan Kabour, First Vice-President, Toledo Opera Guild, Toledo Opera Association Board Member &

                                   Loviah Aldinger, Associate Director, Toledo Opera

3:00-3:30pm               Ben Malczewski, Sylvania Library Manager, Toledo Lucas County Public Library


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