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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 >>

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 >>

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 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 >>

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