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Toledo Opera Goes for Laughs

Toledo, OH – Toledo Opera‘s season will begin with performances of Rossini’s comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville at the Valentine Theatre on October 7, at 7:30pm, and October 9 at 2pm. Setting the first of the French playwright Beaumarchais’ three “Figaro” plays, The Barber of Seville will be followed, in February, by Mozart’s charming masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro, which sets the second installment of the trilogy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | MORE INFO >>

ON THE TOWN: Opera transformed the Toledo Club into operatic cabaret for Gala

The Toledo Opera transformed the Toledo Club into an operatic cabaret for its 2015 Gala, Men in Black with baritone and bass voices in the spotlight. The May 9 benefit offered nearly 175 guests a chance to get up close and personal with five deep-voiced stars of previous productions.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

Jobin to be conductor for opera, symphony

The Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Opera are making local history by appointing Sara Jobin to dual conducting posts. Arrangements for her one-year contract became final Saturday.

Ms. Jobin, a 2010 Grammy Award nominee and internationally renowned maestro of both orchestra and opera, becomes the first woman in Toledo’s long cultural history to hold either of the influential positions.

She’s the second person to hold the jobs simultaneously.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

Shawn Mathey to sing in Toledo Opera's 'Butterfly' in fall

Bowling Green native Shawn Mathey will return to area when Toledo Opera Giacomo  Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Oct. 2 and 4.

The production, which will star soprano Yunah Lee in her signature role of Cio-Cio San, will open the company's 2015-2016 season.

Mathey will play Pinkerton in a production conducted by Sara Jobin and directed by Chautauqua Opera's Jay Lesenger.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo, OH, April 27, 2015—Toledo Opera will open its 2015-2016 season with performances of Puccini’s beloved opera Madama Butterfly on October 2 and 4, 2015. Conducted by Sara Jobin, with stage direction by Chautauqua Opera’s General/Artistic Director Jay Lesenger, the cast will include tenor Shawn Mathey, a Bowling Green Native, as Pinkerton and soprano Yunah Lee in her signature role of Cio-Cio San. Continuing Toledo Opera’s series of American operas, the second production of the season will be The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess performed in concert version on February 12 and 14, 2016. This timeless classic will have an all-African-American cast of thirteen artists performing on the stage of the Valentine Theatre with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Meena, and a chorus with members drawn from the Opera’s chorus and other choruses in Toledo. Digital projections will be created especially for the production to express Catfish Row and Kitiwah Island. Bess will be sung by Laquita Mitchell, who, since her debut in the role at San Francisco Opera in 2009, has taken it to audiences around the world. Gordon Hawkins, who will play Porgy, is a leading interpreter of the role in the United States and Europe.

Monday, April 27, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

Toledo Opera's Men In Black gala an ‘homage to the men’

Most affairs are of the heart, but Toledo Opera’s annual Men In Black gala is a poetic affair of food, mixed with the beauty, emotion, and sound of opera.

This year’s gala is truly a feast of the senses.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

Portrayal of Lucia a dream role for Kathryn Lewek

Dramatic coloratura soprano Kathryn Lewek is no stranger to Toledo Opera audiences. She earned local fandom as Zerlina in Verdi’s powerful Don Giovanni during the company’s 2013 production.

And, in a showcase of her artistic diversity, Lewek also was soloist that year in the Toledo Symphony’s performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Still, when she takes on the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Donizetti showcase that’s the final season production Friday and April 26, she will be stepping into one of the two top coloratura roles in all of opera.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

Always performing

Based on the answers she provided to questions I asked, it is clear that  rising opera star  Kathryn Lewek, with  the passion and execution she brings to her craft, has become the leading lady, Lucia,  in the opera Lucia di Lammermoor opening April 24, on the Valentine stage. Lucia foreshadows in Act I:

"That fountain...ah...I never see it without shivering. You know the tale: A Ravenswood, mad with jealousy, stabbed his sweetheart here and the poor girl fell into the water, which became her tomb: I have seen her ghost..." (translation from

In this thrilling drama of murder, deception and madness, Lewek takes the stage in Toledo to dazzle us with her coloratura timbre. She'll breathe life to the blank-faced outline of a woman with a bloody knife seen on the poster and programs. How do you balance playing a character with such intensity? “Yoga and more yoga,” she says. Read on for her fantastic tale of touring, blogging, cooking, exploring and of course, singing her heart out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | MORE INFO >>

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