Top Opera Performances In Connecticut

April 30, 2012 6:00 AM

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“Being so close to New York is both a blessing and a curse for Connecticut opera companies,” said a Connecticut musician. When it comes to the opera, devotees love going to the Met for a live performance. That, along with a lack of funds and grants, has resulted in too few, fully-mounted operas produced in this great state. Some of the big operas are now performed at Connecticut colleges and universities, with smaller productions and concert productions fast becoming the norm. The arrival of “HD Live at the Met” seems to be filling a void and filling houses, too. However, if you’re looking for live opera events, Connecticut will not disappoint its opera buffs.
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A Pint of Opera
Hartford Opera Theater, Inc.
The Main Pub
306 Main St
Manchester, CT 06040

Dates: Every third Saturday of the month – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: Call ahead for prices

There is a unique opportunity to see some opera in a very non-traditional setting. This could be just the experience you need to get on the opera bandwagon. Hartford Opera Theater, which describes itself as “Opera without the Hassle,” introduces audiences to opera in interesting locations. They offer “A Pint of Opera” every third Saturday of the month at The Main Pub in Manchester. Here, the company serves up “A Pint of Opera” along with classical musical and thirst-quenching opera selections. Any aspiring opera singers can come out and belt their talents. Applications for consideration are available on the website. Call regarding ticket pricing and donations.

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Amanda Hall performs as Lucia (credit: Matthew Fried)

“Lucia di Lammermoor”
Opera Theater of Connecticut
P.O. Box 733
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 669-8999

Dates: August 7 through August 12
Price: $34-$40

Summer evenings will be more refreshing when Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” takes to the stage at the Opera Theater of Connecticut. With performances scheduled for a few select days in August, this intimate 500-seat theater turns its fully-mounted operas into exciting personal experiences. Based on a romance by Sir Walter Scott, this tragic opera is about family, power and women used as marital pawns.

While summer is just around the corner, Opera Theater of Connecticut has planned some exciting events for Spring as well. For instance, on May 12, the “15th Amici Vocal Competition” will take the stage. In June, “Wine, Women and Song” will get top billing as the annual Opera concert and wine tasting event. If you’re a really adventurous opera lover, then from June 17-23 you can enjoy “High Cs on the High Seas,” a spectacular 7-night Opera Theater cruise to Bermuda.

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Connecticut Lyric Opera Artistic Director Adrian Sylveen (credit:

Connecticut Lyric Opera
P.O. Box 1992
New London, CT 06320
(860) 415-6441

Dates: Trinity-On-Main – May 4, Garde – May 6, MHS Arts Center – May 11, Waterbury Palace – May 19
Price: Vary by performance, call CLO for more information

Now in its eighth season, Connecticut Lyric Opera (CLO) is southeastern Connecticut’s professional opera company. It produces two fully-staged opera productions per season with a dynamic duo of orchestra and chorus, and performs numerous concerts throughout the year. It’s May productions feature the classic “Otello.” Jealousy is once again that green-eyed monster in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi with an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s play “Othello.” Jealousy leads to treachery and murder in Verdi’s re-telling of Shakespeare’s play. Verdi’s great opera features the magnificent soldier, Otello, whose downfall is that he believes his friend’s lies instead of his wife’s truths. Performances will take place in New Britain, New London, Middletown and Waterbury. Find one near you and plan accordingly to ensure you don’t miss out on this profound production.

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Hoffman Auditorium at The Bruyette Athenaeum, St. Joseph College (credit:

“La Fille du Regiment”
Connecticut Concert Opera
P.O. Box 370341
West Hartford, CT 06137
(860) 722-2300

Dates: November 2
Price: Prices will be released closer to performance date

According to CCO President John Wadhams, the Connecticut Concert Opera will present Donizetti’s “La Fille due Regiment” (Daughter of the Regiment) on November 2, 2012. A refreshingly comic opera about an orphan girl who is adopted by a regiment in Napoleon’s army, her suitors have to deal with the entire regiment. CCO presents full-length operas in concert format in their original language. This performance, as most CCO productions are, is held at the Hoffman Auditorium at Saint Joseph.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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