Great Lakes Region

Against the Grain Theatre
Address: 227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada
M5A 1E8
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Since 2010, Against the Grain Theatre has been making waves in Canada’s classical music scene.  Offering everything from Mozart, Handel, Schubert and Puccini to Britten, Messiaen, Janáček and Kurtág, we have made it our mandate to exhibit fresh, daring re-interpretations of classical repertoire. We perform in nontraditional spaces — courtyards, bars, Victorian mansions, wedding halls — and with scaled-back accompaniment, such as a string quartet or piano, to bring out the full force of operatic singing in close quarters.  The result?  A thrilling, intimate, and unforgettable experience shared between our artists and audiences.

Against the Grain Theatre are proud members of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and Opera Volunteers International.

Heather Legg is the president.

Chapters’ Executive Board, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Address: 20 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
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In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, special events, volunteer opportunities, and each other’s company. Each chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of raising money to enhance educational outreach programs and generating support for Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Chapters’ Executive Board is the umbrella organization that directs and coordinates activities in the Chapters in the Chicago area and southern Wisconsin.

Rick Greenman is president.

Opera Guild Phone Number: 312-827-5673
Cincinnati Opera Guild
Address: 1243 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH
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The Cincinnati Opera Guild is an organization of more than 100 committed volunteers who are dedicated to supporting the Opera. For more than a half-century their activities have promoted awareness, generated public interest in the company and deepened understanding of the art form. They bring many forms of expertise to advance the organization — from fundraising to education and outreach. Their support is essential to a vast array of ongoing activities and events, and they are among the Opera’s most enthusiastic ambassadors in Greater Cincinnati.

Guild members encourage appreciation of opera as an art form and help the Opera with various fundraising activities. They often provide logistical support for seasonal activities such as dinners before opera performances and the information station in Music Hall’s lobby. The Opera Guild Opera Ball is the most significant annual fundraising event in support of the Opera’s budget.

The Guild President is Virginia Cover.

Opera Guild Phone Number: (513) 241-2742
Opera Guild Fax: (513) 768-5551
Muskoka Opera Festival Committee
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The Muskoka Opera Festival Committee, founded in 2010, is working to build a presence for opera in Muskoka, Ontario. OperaMuskoka performances take place at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge as part of Muskoka Chautauqua.

The Muskoka Chautauqua is a vibrant arts-based community where visitors come for personal growth, enrichment and renewal. It is an uplifting cultural hub that encompasses the arts, education and recreation; a place removed from the day-to-day world, where practitioners and leading thinkers of our time share innovative and creative ideas; a place where the arts blend with the natural beauty of Muskoka and where the human spirit – and all its hidden talents – may be liberated … and soar.

Diane Adamson-Brdar is chair of Opera Festival Committee.

Opera Guild of Dayton
Address: 126 N. Main. St., #210
Dayton, OH
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Our mission is to encourage and promote opera in the Greater Dayton area and to support Dayton Opera through fundraising, marketing and education activities.  The Opera Guild of Dayton was founded in 1963. Between the years 2000 and 2014 the guild has contributed over $2,700,000 in direct contributions and in-kind services to Dayton Opera.


Nancy Farkas is president of the guild.

Opera Guild Phone Number: 937/224-3521 X1099
Opera Illinois League
Address: 3805 North Knoxville Av
Peoria, IL
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Beginning as a support group for Opera Illinois in Peoria in 1972, the Opera Illinois League survived the closing of its parent company and obtained its own 501(C)(3) under continuing president, Mary Ellen Clancy.  The League has provided opportunities for its members to hear pre-performance lectures prior to the Metropolitan Opera matinee series, and has arranged tours to attend performances throughout the Central Illinois area.


Mary Ellen Clancy is the league president.

Opera Guild Phone Number: 309-686-1368