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It’s in-your-face, spine-tingling entertainment combining the beauty of the symphony with the glory of the human voice. It’s big. It’s bold. Opera has it all, giving us so many unique opportunities to experience theatrically compelling stories, the full range of human emotions, visually stunning sets and costumes. This is what makes opera so human and so powerful. At center stage in the cultural development of any great city is a thriving, popular and entertaining professional opera company. Toledo Opera satisfies the need people feel for inspiration, solace, diversion and the chance to experience the very best of man’s creativity.
Attend a Toledo Opera performance and discover why it is recognized in international publications like OPERA Magazine, London as “one of the finest smaller companies in North America.”
Toledo Opera opened its 2010-2011 season with Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. This comedy of unfortunate circumstances comes about when a tragic opera is forced to be performed in juxtaposition to a troupe of comedians at the request of an indifferent money holder.
In November, audience members will hear the heart-wrenching cautionary tale of a man who signs a pact with the devil in order to trade his simple living and loving sweetheart for life as a big fish in a town full of pleasures. The Rake's Progress is a 21st Century opera by composer Igor Stravinsky. This opera is sung in English and translates immediately to a contemporary audience. Performances are Friday, November 12, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at The Valentine Theatre.
February brings the Toledo Opera’s annual Opera Gala, The Romance of the Ring. The Ring is Richard Wagner’s idea of a new sort of dramatic musical work, told as part fairy tale and part allegory. Toledo Opera presents excerpts from this epic masterpiece Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.
The season ends with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, the story of a call girl who thought she had everything, until she meets her romantic match. The opera is one of the top ten most performed operas in the world, by one of the worlds most talented composers. Performances are Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at The Valentine Theatre. The opera is sung in Italian with English translations.