October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017

The Pearl Fishers

Bizet's The Pearl Fishers

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.

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January 26, 2018 - January 28, 2018


Verdi's Rigoletto

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

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.


April 6, 2018 - April 8, 2018

I Dream

Douglas Tappin's I Dream

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.


Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Toledo Museum of Art

Toledo Symphony Orchestra – Northstar Festival

Area Office on Aging

Sojourner’s Truth

Toledo Opera Guild

The Links, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Toledo Area Schools

Lucas County Board of Commissioners


Owens Corning

Buckeye Broadband



January 13, 2018 - January 13, 2018

Winter Opera Gala

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.

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With additional underwriting support from:



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