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Love among the ruins: Toledo Opera stages Puccini's classic 'La Boheme'

Love and death. Pain and poverty. Desire and desolation.

They are ingredients as old as human existence, and in the hands of Giacomo Puccini, they form the emotional bedrock of La Bohème, considered by many the most popular opera of all time.

Toledo Opera will tap into that classic zeitgeist next weekend when it stages Puccini’s compelling love story for the first time since 2012

Sunday, February 2, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Barbara Hendel: Good music, good food and good fun

A FANTASTIC evening of bubbly, food, and music was Bon Appetit! presented by the Toledo Opera at The Registry. The comedic musical monologue by Lee Hoiby about Julia Child baking a Le Gâteau au Chocolat L’Éminence Brune (bittersweet chocolate cake) had everyone in stitches. Mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson, made for a great Julia Child as she sang in English, accompanied by pianist Kevin Bylsma.

It was the first of Toledo Opera Association’s alternative opera experiences and it was a smashing success. More of these opera events are in the works.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Bon App├ętit!: Toledo Opera celebrates its mission with Julia Child ... and chocolate cake

“A party without cake is just a meeting.”

That quote has been attributed to the legendary Julia Child. But even if she didn’t say it, it certainly exemplifies her spirit.

How appropriate, then, that the Toledo Opera is hosting a party of its own in her honor on Jan. 13, complete with chocolate cake: Bon Appétit!, a one-woman performance starring mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson as everyone’s favorite French chef.

Saturday, December 21, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera fund-raising gala hits several high notes

LADIES and gents were all gussied up for the Jennifer Rowley Toledo Opera Gala: A Night at the Met at the Valentine Theatre presented by the Joseph and Judith Conda Family and Owens Corning in partnership with the BGSU College of Musical Arts.

Pianist Kevin Bylsma told what was happening before each selection, but not before exclaiming, “Today is World Opera Day!”

There was complete silence as voices filled the air while telling stories through songs. No decor or props were needed, just the grand piano and the performers: soprano Jennifer Rowley with husband and fellow opera singer baritone Raymond Diaz, and Toledo Resident Artists mezzo soprano Mary Cloud, baritone Rahim Mandal, tenor Jaewook Lee, and soprano Caroline Miller.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


Rowley in the spotlight for Toledo Opera gala

Met Soprano Jennifer Rowley stars at the Toledo Opera’s annual gala, “A Night At the Met,” on Oct. 25. Ms. Rowley, an Ohio native, has performed several times with the Toledo Opera, most recently in Vanessa in 2017.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


Toil and trouble: Toledo Opera rises to the challenge of 'Macbeth'

Toledo Opera opens its 2019-20 season this weekend with what could be described as the “Grandfather” of all operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s setting of William Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, Macbeth.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


Upcoming Toledo Opera offerings mix tragic fare, lighter side

Toledo Opera Executive Director Suzanne Rorick promises that the upcoming season of the Toledo Opera has something for everyone.

Given that the present season boasts such operatic stalwarts as The Magic Flute, Carmen, and the company’s upcoming production of The Ballad of Baby Doe, Rorick’s comment is more than just hyperbole. Consider the 2019-20 lineup: Macbeth, La Boheme, and a pairing of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera flirts with perfection with 'Carmen'

In a whirling flurry of flamenco dresses, toreador capes, monumental casting, impeccably cast principals, and a very large bull, Toledo Opera opened its latest offering, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, at the Valentine Theatre on Wednesday, in a production that flirts with artistic perfection.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 | MORE INFO >>


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