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Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30pm & Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by Sara Jobin - Brescia Version
Scenery originally designed by Ron Kadri for Chautauqua Opera.
Butterfly is hard to resist. This classic is the sixth most frequently performed opera worldwide, and for good reason. We will perform the Brescia version, which portrays cultural tensions, including Pinkerton's arrogance, more vividly. This lush production by Chautauqua’s own Jay Lesenger will feature Yunah Lee, "one of the world's leading interpreters of the role" (Salt Lake Tribune) as Butterfly, Toledo's Shawn Mathey as Pinkerton, and new Associate Conductor Sara Jobin in her first production with Toledo Opera. Don't miss it!
Is Butterfly lush Romanticism or Japanese kitsch? Why does the woman always have to die in opera? And what's up with the Brescia version?
Dr. Joseph Hara, Coordinator of the Japanese Program at the University of Toledo, Jay Lesenger, Director of Madama Butterfly, and Sara Jobin, Conductor for Madama Butterfly will be the three panelists for this exciting and provocative talk.
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:30pm & Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by James Meena
George Gershwin's classic American folk opera went from Broadway in 1935 to the Met in 1985. "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" are just two of the musical gems you will hear in our concert version presented with evocative digital projections. This is opera in your native language: not just the words, but also the music!
While eternally controversial in its depiction of racial stereotypes, Porgy has secured its place as a piece of Americana, a mixture of jazz and opera. This production features acclaimed Wagner baritone Gordon Hawkins, soprano Laquita Mitchell whose Bess with San Francisco Opera was just released on DVD, and is conducted by Toledo Opera Principal Artistic Advisor, Maestro James Meena.
Don't miss this piece which could only have been made in America!
Sauder Stewardship Foundation
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by Sara Jobin
Shakespeare's classic tale of passionate young love sacrificed to family rivalry, including Juliette's famous waltz aria "Je veux vivre," will thrill and delight you through the beauty and drama of Gounod's score.
This new sumptuous co-production with Opera Carolina and Virginia Opera, directed by Bernard Uzan, features Canadian soprano Marie-Eve Munger and tenor Brian Arreola as the star-crossed lovers. Conducted by Toledo Opera's Associate Conductor, Sara Jobin.
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:30pm & Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by James Meena - Directed by Bernard Uzan
Ever since its premiere in 1816, Rossini’s opera buffa masterpiece The Barber of Seville has captivated audiences with its rollicking humor, charming music, and dynamic singing. Based on Pierre Beaumarchais's play of the same name, and the first part of the legendary French playwright’s “Figaro” trilogy, the mad-capped comedy pits the wits of the lowly barber, Figaro, against those of the aged Doctor Bartolo. At the center of the opera is the young love of Count Almaviva and Rosina, Bartolo’s ward, and the many improbable and ridiculous subterfuges they must undergo to come together. Presented in a new, fully-staged co-production with Opera Carolina, designed and directed by Bernard Uzan, and starring the always-dynamic soprano Kathryn Lewek, Barber is sure to delight.
The Barber of Seville is Underwritten By
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:30pm & Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by James Meena - Directed by Garnett Bruce
The first of the three masterpieces created by the collaboration between composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, The Marriage of Figaro is also the second play by Beaumarchais' "Figaro" trilogy. Count Almaviva and Rosina, for The Barber of Seville, are now married but the Count continues to pursue Susannah, the Countess's maid and the fiancée of his servant Figaro. In a fun and touching journey of both heartbreak and humor, love conquers all in this supreme masterpiece of opera. Soprano Laquita Mitchell, who last wowed Toledo audiences in the title role of Porgy and Bess, will return as the Countess in a traditional production sure to captivate audiences.
Co-Sponsors of The Marriage of Figaro
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7pm
A Semi-Staged Production
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by Sara Jobin - Directed by Kristine McIntyre
The third opera in Toledo Opera's ongoing series of works by American composers, Vanessa won Samuel Barber the Pulitzer Prize for composition in 1958 after the unqualified success of its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. A heart-breaking family drama, Vanessa will be directed by American opera specialist Kristine McIntyre in a semi-staged format. Action, costumes, and set pieces will be paired with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on stage, with still and moving images projected behind the orchestra to establish the scenes. With a cast featuring star soprano, and Ohio native, Jennifer Rowley, and rising tenor Sean Panikkar Vanessa is sure to be a powerful and unforgettable production.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm & Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by John Baril - Directed by Bernard Uzan
Each day, the pearl fishers of Sri Lanka risk their lives in the pursuit of beauty, but love proves the more dangerous quest. Passion complicates loyalty and duty in French composer Georg Bizet’s moving and beautiful opera. The lush tropical setting will be created by an innovative, fully-staged, production designed by director Bernard Uzan and featuring projected imagery by Michael Baumgarten. An acclaimed cast, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Opera Chorus, will be led by conductor John Baril in his Toledo Opera debut.
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30pm & Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre - Conducted by James Meena- Directed by Tomer Zvulin
Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece returns to Toledo Opera after a ten-year absence. The court jester Rigoletto is happy to aid the amorous Duke in his seductions until the Duke turns his attention to Rigoletto’s own daughter, but vengeance proves a curse. James Meena will conduct an acclaimed international cast, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Opera Chorus in this production designed by director Tomer Zvulun.
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7pm
A modern, R&B opera recounts the final 36 hours in the remarkable life of American icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an all-too-human hero, who composer Douglas Tappin depicts as a flawed man of God who taught a nation that only love can obliterate hate.
The performances of I Dream, and the 50th commemoration of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide an opportunity to bring people together for a shared experience that is powerful, positive and potentially transformative.
The life of Dr. King, and the movement he championed, continues to provide inspiration, courage and hope for the future of our community and our nation. It is important for us to reflect on our history, but not be stuck in the past. We can’t talk about where we want to go as a society without understanding where we’ve been, and to use that reflection to inspire and guide future action.
We at Toledo Opera are committed to playing our part as citizens who believe in an embracing community that respects and welcomes all. While our role may be a small one in the grand scheme, through the power of music and theater, perhaps we can change one attitude or one perspective, which may in turn change others.
January 13, 2018 at The Toledo Club
Featuring Kathryn Lewek & Zach Borichevsky
An elegant formal evening of drink, dining, dancing, and warm cheer, centered around an inspiring performance by two audience-favorite vocal artists. Save the date!
Season add-on: for more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Toledo Opera Box Office at 419-255-7464.
With additional underwriting support from: