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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.
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.
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.
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.
View Mozart's great masterpiece through a new lens in this classic "Don Juan" story set in the 1950s. It's all about women pursued, foiled attempts to capture them, and vengeance taken in the name of honor. Sung in Italian with English translations.
The height of drama - the rapture of love, exquisitely performed at our annual Opera Gala. Enjoy arias from Tannhäuser, Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto, plus see sneak preview performances from Toledo Opera's soon-to-be-announced 2013-2014 season. Sara Jobin of the San Francisco Opera leads the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera Chorus and an acclaimed cast of brilliant sopranos and their tenor sweetheart.
This year's Opera Gala stars tenor Shawn Mathey with sopranos Jennifer Cresswell, Jennifer Goode Cooper, Diane McEwen-Martin, and Sujin Lee.
Events will be held at the Valentine Theatre Grand Lobby:
Seating will be limited for these events. For more information and to make reservations, please call 419-255-SING.