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Barbara Hendel: Lawyers recognized for good works at Access to Justice Awards

ROBERT “Bob” Anspach, who founded the firm Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP, now Anspach Law, in 1986, and his son, Michael Anspach, have teamed together and moved to new digs in downtown Toledo at Huron and Washington.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera announces Black Lives-inspired 'Blue' in 2022

Editor’s note: For the next few Thursdays The Blade is giving area classical performance groups a chance to write about their programming plans for a post-pandemic world. We begin with Toledo Opera.

Imagine Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a teenager in the present day. He’s wearing a hoodie and holding a bag of Skittles — an ordinary teenager, just like Trayvon Martin.

That powerful image appears in the final scene of I DreamDouglas Tappin’s contemporary opera based on the life of King. Like many great works of art, I Dream invites us to see a familiar story through fresh eyes, and to think differently about the world we live in today.

Thursday, July 16, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera selects resident artists for 2020-21

The Toledo Opera Association released the list of its resident artists for the 2020-21 season this week. Four talented young performers were selected from 173 applicants in a rigorous audition process.

The four will serve as touring artists for the Opera On Wheels program which travels extensively through the area visiting local educational institutions and bringing live opera to the furthest reaches of our area. Annually the program touches 22,000 students from Findlay to Ann Arbor and Sandusky to Archbold.

Thursday, April 30, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Barbara Hendel: Before the virus, wait nights served up fun

THE TOLEDO Opera Guild's Celebrity Wait Night in Roaring 2020's Style: Let’s Misbehave! was also on Feb. 24, but at Belmont Country Club.

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera offers beacon of hope

In what they have offered as a ray of optimism and hope for a future without the fear of the coronavirus, the Toledo Opera released the details of its 2020-21 62nd season this week. Executive Director Suzanne Rorick said, “Over the course of 62 years, Toledo Opera has weathered may storms. I have every confidence that, together with our audience’s continued support and encouragement, we will weather this one too.”

Understanding the ebb and flow of the artistic times, the organization has chosen to scale back its season financially without shorting the high aesthetic standards for which it has become known the past few seasons. In the offing will be two major productions rather than three, and a gala celebration of the resident musical ensemble.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


Toledo Opera gets Puccini's 'La Boheme' just right

As snow fell on the streets of Toledo on Wednesday evening, a smaller-than-expected group of area high school students braved the elements to sit completely mesmerized as winter descended on stage of the Valentine Theatre as well. Set in the freezing snows of romantic Paris, the Toledo Opera opened the final dress rehearsal of its all-new production of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.

In short, this compelling portrait of love and loss among penniless artists in 19th-century Paris unfolds just right.

Friday, February 7, 2020 | MORE INFO >>


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 >>


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