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OPERA ON WHEELS: Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ goes to preschool

The Toledo Opera really wants to make opera accessible to all.

For years, it has taken adapted productions of famed operas to elementary schools all over the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region through its Opera on Wheels program. Some 20,000 students in 60 schools engage with opera first-hand.

Now, the Toledo Opera is lowering the age of its latest target audience — all the way to preschool.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 | MORE INFO >>


Sopranos deliver varied shades of sound

The Toledo Opera’s Ladies in Red Gala on Friday was like a great late-night party with 900 people invited. The Valentine Theatre was wall-to-wall glitz and tux as local society turned out ready to celebrate I-Heart-You Day in style.

And onstage were five divas in elaborate gowns — plus, maybe, a few others in tuxes — with a great house band. And all were dedicated to bringing the music of love to life for one enchanted Valentine’s Day evening.

If you thought all sopranos sound the same, well, lesson learned.

Audrey Babcock, Elizabeth Baldwin, Sarah Jane McMahon, Jennifer Rowley, and Amy Yekel, sopranos all, demonstrated the great variety of color, quality, timbre, and potential for this highest of female voices.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 | MORE INFO >>


Opera’s performances radiate emotion

Friday night’s Toledo Opera Gala celebrated what was dubbed “the architects of love,” composers who capture potent yet fleeting emotions and fix them forever in our hearts through memorable music. Read more...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | MORE INFO >>


Pianist plays key role in Toledo Opera gala

TOLEDO - Bowling Green tenor Shawn Mathey will be surrounded by women during the upcoming Toledo Opera Gala. The event features international performer Mathey with four sopranos, including his wife Sujin Lee, all from this area but with impressive resumes. The conductor will be Sara Jobin, of the San Francisco Opera. Read more....

Friday, April 5, 2013 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera sassy and sparkling in stylish production of ‘Don Giovanni’

Streamlined. Sassy. And sparkling with attitude, the Toledo Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, which opened Friday night in the Valentine Theatre, has found a stylish way to make a few points about Mozart and his greatest opera...

Saturday, February 16, 2013 | MORE INFO >>


BG voices star in Toledo Opera’s new season

July 2nd article from the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green, Ohio. Both Sujin Lee (La bohème) and Shawn Mathey (Opera Gala) are featured.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | MORE INFO >>


Puccini's 'Turandot' closes Toledo Opera season

Here is an article included in The Blade about Turandot.  The original article can be found here.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | MORE INFO >>


Opera reinvigorated financially, creatively

The Toledo Opera was recently mentioned in the Toledo Blade honoring Executive Director Suzanne Rorick and the Toledo Opera on our revitalized financial and creative endeavors.

Monday, April 16, 2012 | MORE INFO >>


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