October 2, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Madama Butterfly

Puccini's Madama Butterfly

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.

Refined and Powerful

Beautiful And Passionate

Butterfly captivates

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!

Don't Miss the Free TUESDAY TALK!

Butterfly, A Century Later

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:30pm

Secor Gallery at Registry Bistro

144 N. Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604

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.


February 12, 2016 - February 14, 2016

Porgy & Bess

The gershwins' Porgy & Bess

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

A broken Beggar and a Desperate Woman

A Hot and Tumultuous Summer

Gershwin's Monumental Masterpiece

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!

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Sauder Stewardship Foundation

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April 8, 2016 - April 10, 2016

Romeo et Juliette

Gounod's Romeo Et Juliette

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

Young Lovers and Old Enemies

A Tragedy for the Ages

Shakespeare in Song

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.

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October 7, 2016 - October 9, 2016

The Barber of Seville


Rossini's The Barber of seville

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

Lucille Gorski   


February 10, 2017 - February 12, 2017

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart's The Marriage of FIgaro

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.

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March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017



Samuel Barber's Vanessa

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.


October 10, 2014 - October 12, 2014



Puccini’s timeless verismo score will be brought to life in a beautiful production, last seen to celebrate the opening of the Valentine Theatre. An internationally-acclaimed cast of singers will be lead by Maestro James Meena in this gripping and powerful opera. 

Tosca, a singer, is forced to deal with the wicked Baron Scarpia for the life of her lover, the painter Cavaradossi. After he agrees to spare Cavardossi’s life, Tosca murders Scarpia. She watches as Cavaradossi is shot in what is supposed to be a mock execution, but he is killed and she commits suicide.

Containing some of Puccini’s most beloved arias, and set in beautiful 19th-century Rome, this opera has been a favorite of audiences for over one hundred years.

Opera Extras Talk


TOSCA: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014 AT 5:30PM at registry bistro

Director Michael Capasso examines the life and work of famed tenor Enrico Caruso in relation to his performances of Puccini's leading men in Composers, Caricatures and Concubines: The Fascinating Life of Enrico Caruso.


The Student Night at the Opera performance of Tosca will take place on October 8, 2014 at 7:00pm. Please contact for more info.


February 13, 2015 - February 15, 2015



Widely regarded as the greatest American opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah is set in 1950s rural Tennessee. Its unabashedly neo-romantic music beautifully evokes the opera’s Appalachian setting.

Susannah is a misfit in her small, devout, town. Found bathing in a stream one afternoon, she is accused of indecency. The traveling preacher Olin Blitch tries to save her soul, but his actions lead to tragedy for them both. 

This semi-staged production, featuring still and moving digital projections, will be the first in a series of American operas from the 20th and 21st centuries presented by Toledo Opera.

The Student Night at the Opera performance of Susannah will take place on February 11, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please contact for more info.


April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015

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A co-production between Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina 

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor has become the benchmark against which all bel canto operas are measured since its premiere in 1835.

Set in Scotland, the tale of a bitter family feud ends tragically. Lucia is in love with a member of a rival family, Edgardo. Forced to marry another, she murders her fiancée and goes insane in a tour de force for coloratura soprano.

Rising stars Kathryn Lewek, soprano and Zach Borichesky, tenor will anchor an impressive cast under the baton of Toledo Opera’s Principal Artistic Advisor, and Principal Conductor and General Director of Opera Carolina, James Meena. 

The Student Night at the Opera performance of Lucia Di Lammermoor will take place on April 22, 2015 at 7:00pm. Please contact for more info.


April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014



Charles Gounod

April 25th & 27th, 2014 at the Valentine Theatre

Our 2014 Toledo Opera production of Faust will be a revival of the much-lauded production premiered last season at Arizona Opera, designed by Bernard Uzan. It will feature a cast of internationally acclaimed guest artists. Shawn Mathey, a Bowling Green, OH native and tenor, will sing the title role in his Toledo Opera main stage debut. The production will be under the baton of James Meena with stage direction and design by Bernard Uzan.


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