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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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 James Meena

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 returning tenor Jonathan Boyd (Alfredo in Toledo Opera's 2011 production of La traviata) as the star-crossed lovers.  Conducted by Opera Carolina's Principal Conductor and General Director, who is also Toledo Opera's Principal Artistic Advisor, Maestro James Meena.

Don't miss this French treat!

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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

Lucia Di Lammermoor Season Graphics/LUCIA_webslider_04222014.jpg

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.


February 14, 2014 - February 16, 2014

Opera Gala: Ladies in Red


Opera Gala

February 14th & 16th, 2014 at the Valentine Theatre


Framed by a pre-performance benefit dinner supporting Toledo Opera, and an after-party for all ticket-buyers, this year’s gala is not to be missed. Five divas will join the Toledo Symphony, conductors James Meena and Robert Mirakian, and narrator Kevin Bylsma for an evening of operatic show-stoppers. Ticket prices for the benefit dinner are $200. ($150 for season subscribers.) Call the Opera office for more details.


October 4, 2013 - October 6, 2013



Giuseppe Verdi

October 4th & 6th, 2013 at the Valentine Theatre

With its challenging roles, large orchestral and choral forces, massive scenery, and lush costumes, successfully producing Verdi’s masterwork Aida is a major achievement for any opera house. Significantly, it was the first opera ever produced in Toledo in 1959, and launched both the Toledo Opera Guild and what would become today’s Toledo Opera. Our 2013 production will be created in partnership with Opera Carolina and feature a cast of internationally acclaimed guest artists, a substantially expanded Toledo Opera Chorus, strikingly beautiful costumes, sets originally created in 2009 for the Edmonton Opera company, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

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October 5, 2012 - October 7, 2012

La boheme


Valentine Theatre on October 5th at 8pm and October 7th at 2pm

Young artists living on nothing but love and laughter in the garrets and cafes of 19th century Paris. Experience the romance and gritty realism of the Bohemian life in this all-time Puccini favorite. Individual tickets go on sale September 10th. Sung in Italian with English translations.


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