Raise Your Voice as a Member of the

Bel Canto Society

Susan Conda, a Toledo Opera subscriber and Trustee, loves opera for the intense emotional and psychological immersion it brings to the theater.

Growing up outside Boston, Susan regularly attended performances by the Boston Pops with her parents at Symphony Hall and began a lifelong love of music. She was especially drawn to the beautiful sound and physical grandeur of the harp. “I fulfilled one of the items on my ‘bucket list’ a few years ago, taking harp lessons with the Toledo Symphony’s principal harpist, Nancy Lendrim, for a year. I’ll never be a harpist, but the experience deepened my appreciation for the complexities of music.”

First coming to Toledo Opera in 2009, for a performance of Verdi’s Falstaff, Susan found herself mesmerized not only by the vocal talent on stage but also the costuming, make-up, and sets. As soon as subscriptions for the 2010-11 season were available she called Toledo Opera to purchase one.

“I called the Opera’s office and Suzanne Rorick, the Opera’s Executive Director, answered the phone. I was impressed by her knowledge and commitment to the Opera and the larger community of non-profits in Toledo. The conversation immediately got me thinking of possible collaborations between the Opera and other organizations about which I’m passionate. We’re already discussing projects to reach out to more children, local hospice organizations, and organizations serving the mentally ill.”

Susan has joined the Bel Canto Society, promising a gift to the Toledo Opera through her estate, to help sustain the company so that future generations will have opera as part of their lives in Toledo. “I feel that the arts, particularly opera, are fulfilling to me as a whole person—spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually.”


The Bel Canto Society of Toledo Opera honors individuals who believe that Toledo Opera has a vital place in our musical and cultural life, and who have expressed their support through a bequest or other planned gifts. A planned gift can offer significant tax benefits to you or to your estate, while at the same time providing critical support to Toledo Opera. You may designate your planned gift for Toledo Opera’s general operating expenses, for special projects, or for long-term endowment support. Make an appointment to visit or speak with Suzanne Rorick at 419-255-7464 or srorick@toledoopera.org to learn more.

Bel Canto Membership Benefits

Invitations to events held exclusively for Bel Canto Society members

  • A membership card entitling you to intermission hospitality in Toledo Opera’s Founders’ Room
  • Mailings and updates on Toledo Opera activities
  • Listing in Toledo Opera publications
  • Special advance notice of ticket discounts
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