Vocal Alert Events

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Danielle Di Stefano, soprano

Buffalo & WNY Vocal Alert PR Coordinator

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Please scroll down to the end of the page to view the the link to the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD simulcast schedule

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CONCERTS & PRODUCTIONS:

*New Addition!*

Want to see what Buffalo's choruses are up to? Visit our talented friends, the Greater Buffalo Friends of Music, at their website here for a calendar of choral concert/events.

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Please scroll down to see links to local opera companies and more opera-related treats to enjoy! 

We're so happy to have so many live performances again!

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Check out the amazing events our friends are planning in Rochester and beyond, with The Opera Guild of Rochester’s February edition of Viva Voce: https://online.fliphtml5.com/lizhj/cgvx/#p=1

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WHEN: Complete Schedule Online With Numerous Concerts to Enjoy.

WHAT: Fredonia School of Music.

As a former student of SUNY Fredonia, I can personally attest to the diverse, enjoyable concerts, lectures, productions and events they offer every week… either free or minimal cost.

HOW: To view their calendar, visit here- https://events.fredonia.edu/music

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WHEN: Until September 24, 2022

WHAT: Canadian Opera Company is offering online streaming of Atom Egoyan's digital reimagining of Bluebeard’s Castle, a hybrid work melding Bartok's one-act opera with Egoyan's film Felicia’s Journey. Starring Kyle Ketelsen and Krisztina Szabó.

HOW: Watch Here

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WHEN: April 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18, and 20, 2022.

WHAT: Canadian Opera Company- In-Person Performances.

Giuseppe Verdi’s, LA TRAVIATA.

WHERE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian Opera Company Theatre, 227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario.

HOW: Tickets go on sale February 22. https://www.coc.ca/season-outline-page

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WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2022 10:30 AM- 12 PM.

WHAT: OperaBuffs of WNY’s Inside Opera Lecture Series presents “The Beauty of Holiness, the Holiness of Beauty in Szymanowski's Kröl Roger,” presented by Jacqueline Ornsby.

WHERE: Tacoma Performing Arts Center, 351 Tacoma Avenue Buffalo, NY.

HOW: All lectures are FREE of charge, FREE parking. Mobility-challenged accessible.

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WHEN: Extended through May 8, 2022

WHAT: Against the Grain Theatre, in association with Crow’s Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, is offering Bound, a hybrid opera film by composer Kevin Lau and librettist Joel Ivany featuring music inspired by several Handel works. The opera tells four life stories that challenge Canada’s myth of belonging.  

HOW: Watch Here

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WHEN: May 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, and 21, 2022

WHAT: Canadian Opera Company Theatre presents, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s, The Magic Flute.

WHERE: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Canadian Opera Company Theatre

227 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario.

HOW: Tickets go on sale February 22. https://www.coc.ca/season-outline-page

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WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 7:00 PM; Online streaming available through June 9 
WHAT:
New York Festival of Song is offering "The Wider View: Songs by Black Composers," a concert featuring music by ​Hale Smith, Margaret Bonds, Adolphus C. Hailstork, H. Leslie Adams, and more, performed by Lucia Bradford, Jorell Williams, and others. Available through June 9. 

HOW: Watch Here

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WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2022, 7:30 PM; Online streaming available through May 31 

WHAT: Guerilla Opera is offering Jason Eckardt’s Populus tremuloides: "Quaking Aspen" featuring soprano Stephanie Lamprea; Interim by Sarah Grace Graves; and Jo Reyes Boitel’s she wears bells featuring Teatro Palo Alto.

HOW: Tickets $15, Watch Here 

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WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2022, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WHAT: The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC) Presents ‘Opera-tizers Spring Tea and Fundraiser.’ Enjoy Opera & Appetizers at this fundraiser to bring La Boheme to the Niagara Region.

Tickets include Live Performances, Appetizers, Tea, and a Silent Auction during an afternoon of inspiration and conversation.

Our area’s finest singers will delight guests with famous opera arias, directed by Karen D'Angelo.

Meet many of the Performers and Staff from the NACC production of La Boheme: Mimi- Jenna Washburn, Rodolfo- Jim Judd, Marcello- Brandon Mecklenburg, Musetta- Karen D'Angelo, Colline- Timothy Flynn, Schaunard- Kyle Botsford and Alcindoro- Stephen Edge.

WHERE: Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

HOW: $25, Tickets available on Eventbrite 

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WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2022, 7 PM – 7:45 PM.

WHAT: Rochester Oratorio Society. RIVC Showcase, Facebook Live.

WHERE: Join us right here on Facebook Live for the 2022 RIVC Showcase, an evening of performances from select finalists of the 2022 Rochester International Vocal Competition. These young artists will perform thrilling renditions of the most moving classics of opera, art song, and oratorio.

Participate in this one-of-a-kind evening of music by voting for your favorite performance and watch live as the Audience Favorite winner is announced. The RIVC Showcase is free and open to the public, and all donations help sustain the organization and support vocal talent, youth education, commissioning of new music and more.

(Performances will be pre-recorded, Audience Favorite voting will open starting at 7:00 PM and the winner will be announced live at the end of the broadcast.)

HOW: https://www.facebook.com/RochesterOratorioSociety

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WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 2:30 PM (Event will be livestreamed on the St. Michael Church Facebook Page

WHAT: Canisius College presents ‘Benefit concert of Classical and Sacred Music by Young Artists Supporting Ukraine.’ Featuring Sopranos: Brittany Mruczek, Haley Brunstad, and Melanie Bebak. Brass: Nathan Oehler, William Wisnoski, with Ivan Docenko, pianist. Performing the music of Lysenko, Chopin, Moniuszko, Mozart, Lloyd-Webber, and more.

Meet the Artists! Reception sponsored by St. Michael Church, Polish American Congress WNY Division, and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo.

WHERE: St. Michael Church, 651 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

HOW: Free will offering to benefit the Polish American Congress Fund for Ukraine and the Polish Singers of America Scholarship Fund.

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WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 3:00 PM 

WHAT: The Camerata d'San Antonio is joined by the Amherst HS Concert Chorale to present  'A Little Night Music:'

Alexander Borodin's stunningly beautiful Nocturne

Peter Petrov's haunting A Day in the Life

Richard Heuberger's romantic Nacht Musik

Jake Runestad's Waves

Ola Gjeilo's atmospheric Dark Night of the Soul

WHERE: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Tickets $15 or by subscription. Free admission for ages 17 and under, or with current college student ID.

This concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, and a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation.

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WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5:00 PM

WHAT: Opera San José is online streaming the semi-finals of the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, and viewers are invited to vote for the audience favorite. 

HOW: Watch Here

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WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2022,  6:00 PM.

WHAT: Nickel City Opera’s Lucky 13th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction-A Lucky Evening of food, fun and singing featuring 4 course dinner, WNY Theatre Ticket Auction, Door Prizes and a special theatrical production of Son of a Rabbi: An Al Jolson Revue

Proceeds help to support NCO's 2021/22 season.

WHERE: The Saturn Club. 977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo.

HOW: Tickets $70,https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lucky-13th-annual-nco-gala-dinner-tickets-170382661126

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WHEN: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:00 PM

WHAT: Hear the classic jazz songs of the 1920's when Nickel City Opera presents an original staging of Son of a Rabbi: An Al Jolson Revue

A mini-musical chronicling the early life of Al Jolson, the star of the 1st talking movie ever made, the 1927 'The Jazz Singer'. A fully staged production with WNY actors and singers, piano accompanist, including songs 'Give My Regards to Broadway', 'Four Leaf Clover', 'You Made Me Love You', 'Me and My Gal' and more. At the historic Saturn Club on the main stage, the general public is welcome, not a members-only event. 

Adaptation by and Starring: Valerian Ruminski and Rachel Ross. Piano: Alexander Aylward. Director: Steve Vaughan

WHERE: The Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

HOW: Tickets $25. Order Here 

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WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:30 PM

WHAT: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents ‘Renee Fleming Returns!’ Selections by Renée Fleming highlight the gala season finale, centered around four songs of a five-song cycle Richard Strauss never completed at the end of his illustrious life. The reflective farewell is touching and profound, enhanced by the sublime performance of Ms. Fleming. The program opens with a world premiere composed as a gift for Kleinhans Music Hall and your BPO, celebrating the city of Buffalo.

WHERE: Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, NY 14201

HOW: Order tickets here 

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WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2022, 7 PM and Sunday June 26, 2022, 4 PM.

WHAT: Nickel City Opera presents, Giuseppe Verdi's RIGOLETTO, A Fully Staged Opera.

NCO presents a full staged opera with orchestra of the Verdi classic 'Rigoletto'. See the court jester defend his daughter's honor against the evil Duke. Features a full orchestra, set, chorus, costumes and props. Local Buffalo Music Hall of Fame opera bass Valerian Ruminski sings the role of the assassin Sparafucile and NCO welcomes back the phenomenal Eric Fennell who sang the role of the Duke for the last NCO Rigoletto production. Directed by Giorgio Lalov.

WHERE: Nichols Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo.

HOW: Tickets $45 via Eventbrite:  Order Saturday Tickets Here; Order Sunday Tickets Here

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WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2022, 7:30 PM; Sunday, December 4, 2022, 2:30 PM

WHAT: Buffalo Opera Unlimited presents Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi.

Verdi originally set this opera in Sweden, but due to political censorship he moved it to Boston. The story involves the governor, an assassination prophecy by a fortune-teller, a secret love, all of which comes together in a magnificent masked ball.

The opera will be fully staged, with orchestra, and sung in Italian with English surtitles.

WHERE: Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222

HOW: https://buffalostatepac.org/

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WHEN: View the complete Met schedule online.

WHAT: Metropolitan Opera 2022 Season

HOW: View Link Here 

ALSO: A new free opera stream is available beginning today! In honor of Black History Month, you can enjoy the 2009 production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, starring tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the dashing Prince Ramiro, now through February 22.

Rossini’s charming take on the Cinderella story also features mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca in the title role, conducted by Maurizio Benini.

Access the stream, with subtitles, at bit.ly/38HMNG5 and on all Met Opera on Demand apps.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

More Local Opera…

Eastman Opera Theater

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/voice/eastman-opera-theatre

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Glimmerglass Opera Festival

Visit www.glimmerglass.org for more information

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Canadian Opera Company- Digital Productions by digital donation. New concerts and performances every month—streaming in parallel with our in-person subscription.

View in home. https://www.coc.ca/watch

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Syracuse Opera

https://www.syracuseopera.org

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Nickel City Opera

One of Buffalo’s premier opera companies, NCO has exciting things planned for the Queen City.

To view their upcoming events, visit this link.

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Check out the Metropolitan Opera's Opera on Demand schedule for viewing in the comfort of your home! Link


Opera and Classical Related Items to Enjoy…


Opera Crosswords – Howard Henry, frequent supernumerary for Buffalo Opera Unlimited, has created a book of 26 opera-themed crosswords for sale on consignment. Please contact him at [email protected] for details.

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Harmonia- Into the Light- Music of light and shadows, life and loss, hope and rebirth.

Stunning lighting and sublime a cappella.

Order from- ITunes- https://music.apple.com/us/album/into-light/897237963 OR

Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Harmonia-Chamber-Singers/dp/B00LN6HRUG

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The Operalicious Cookbook- From Rossini's famed recipes to dramatic onstage dinners, opera has always been associated with food. The Operalicious Cookbook has created menus designed to immerse yourself in the food of opera.

Travel to Egypt with 'Aida' to feast on Kofta and Fattoush, to Spain for Sangria and Paella with 'Carmen' and the Southern US for Fried Chicken with 'Susanna'. Recreate the historical opera dishes of tenor, Enrique Caruso with his Naples Style Bucatini and Risotto from composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Also included are Opera Singer’s Favorites with Classic Bread Pudding from soprano Jacqueline Ornsby, Friulan Polenta from bass Suzanne Fatta, Pasta e Fagioli from Salvatore Licitra, tenor and Rueben Slaw from Jacqueline Quirk, soprano.

Also look for Opera Buffs Obsessions with La Pizza Con Funghi from Seymour Barab and Opera Sweets including Opera Cake from soprano Danielle DiStefano, Opera Blondies from Ruth Newman, Opera Fudge and Opera Cremes from Sylvia Volk. Also included: a synopsis of each opera to round out your gastronomic opera listening sessions!

HOW: Order on Amazon