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NOOL Board Information

Chair Of the Board: Carole Roske,, (440) 871-4797

First Vice Chair: Bob Cutler,, 216-752-6052

Second Vice Chair: Open

Vice Chair & Treasurer: Bob Cutler,, 216-752-6052. 

Secretary: Carole Rieck,, 216-226-7389

Checks sent to Bob: 21522 S. Woodland Rd, Shaker Hts, Oh 44122-3027

Program/Membership Chair: Phyllis Donnelly-Ingold, 216-268-4160

Membership info sent to Phyllis:                                                                             One Bratenahl Place, Suite 610,  Bratenahl, OH 44108-1153

Corresponding Secretary: Shelly Anderson:, 216-321-6424.

Web Master: Greg Polyak, 866-444-1004

Please feel free to contact Greg with any NE Ohio opera information to get included on our website. 

Advisory Counsel: David Bamberger, Artistic Director Cleveland Institute of Music, Barbara Robinson, arts-advocate. 

Additional Board Members: Richard Fleischman FAIA, Architect, Betty Billings, Dr. Kathleen Grieser M.D., Marsha Gross, Dr. Jane Sembric PhD, John Ingold, John Chipka, *Mary Hamlin, Past President* Emeritus.


Donations to the Northern Ohio Opera League can be done by sending a check made out to: Northern Ohio Opera League and sent to:

Mr Robert Cutler, Treasurer, NOOL

21522 S Woodland Rd

Shaker Hts, OH 44122

Credit cards are also taken by calling Phyllis Donnelly Ingold at: 216-268-4160

Northern Ohio Opera League Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) organization located in Shaker Hts, OH.

EIN #87-0792632  Nonprofit Classification:

Educational Organization   NTEE Code:  Opera

NOOL and your community thanks you. 

Opera Houses from around the world. Click on the link then on each photo for more information.

Opera Houses Around the World

Welcome to our website from all of our Northern Ohio Opera League members.


Mission and Purpose of NOOL (Northern Ohio Opera League)

The Mission of The Northern Ohio Opera League (NOOL) is to market and to enhance the visibility of local opera companies and to raise funds in support of their work, including performances, education and other opera related activities in the greater Cleveland area.  

Communities need active arts and sports programs to enhance the overall living environment. NOOL is dedicated in helping Opera through its own programs, events and benefits. We use local talent to help them remain active in their own art form. Help us help our community learn and enjoy this high art form. You can support the effort with ads or donations but it is far more fun attending our programs to enjoy quality music, meeting new people and yes maybe even becoming active by joining with our members putting the programs together and getting the satisfaction of keeping alive the Arts in Cleveland. Bravo, Brava!

NOOL History

The Cleveland Opera League came into being to help Cleveland Opera. COL basically did the same thing NOOL does today but gave funds only to Cleveland Opera as it's "Little Board". Hundreds of thousands of dollars were given with $200,000 being given in its last year of existence. The COL had over 400 hundred members and started the famous Opera Spring Balls and Fashion Shows.

When Cleveland Opera merged with Cleveland Lyric Opera and went into what is now a 8 year hiatus the COL was closed.

Out of it many of the same members especially Francis & Alice Gross started NOOL. The difference was to help Opera survive and thrive in the greater Cleveland area instead of being tied to only one. As you can see by our photos we have held many events to raise money for this fine cause. House parties and Masquerade Balls, Dancing With the Dinosaurs, while smaller venues such as Dances at the Yacht Club, Tea Dances, Lobster Bakes are  more for the enjoyment of paying members or guests versus raising money. So while smaller than the original COL NOOL still has its goal of helping the Greater Cleveland area opera companies survive.

NOOL is a completely volunteer operated Non-Profit with no salaries or financial reward to any of its members. Costs to run a program are all done through member dues and guest ticket sales, silent auctions and donations to our various events. Grants are being sought for future event programs.

So please contact us if you wish to join us, host a house party that all guests will to tell their friends , "That was the best house party I have ever been to", or attend one of our events.

Sincerely, Greg Polyak

Opera Circle, Zanetto

Opera Circle Presents Opera Free to All

Zanetto by Pietro Mascagni,     In costume with English Translation projected. 

Fri Nov 4, 2016  at 7:30 P.M. & Sun Nov 6, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. 

Shrine Church of St Stanislaus 36449 E. 65th St., Cleveland, Oh 44105

Free - Will Offering gratefully accepted. 

Call: 216-816-1411 or:

Cleveland Opera Theater Future Schedule

Opera UpClose presents Handel's Serse

Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016     Time: 6:30 PM

The Cleveland Arcade    401 Euclid Ave.   Cleveland, OH 44114

Phone: (216) 512-0268

World Premiere

This world-premiere adaptation of Handel's Serse is presented in an Opera UpClose Co-Production by Baldwin Wallace Opera and Cleveland Opera Theater with guest Director and Conductor Timothy Nelson, hailed by Opera News as "The future of opera."
Channeling the style of Rumi and building on the concept of a Persian folk-love story as narrated by a poet, Nelson will create and lead this exciting production featuring a cast of performers from the Baldwin Wallace Opera program, a chamber orchestra, costume design by Esther Haberlen and Scenographic design installation by Matthew D. McCarren. 
Sung in Italian with English narration, Serse will have an approximate 90 minute duration.

Purchase a VIP ticket and enjoy valet parking, pre-opera wine, beer and apetizers, followed by this world-premiere adaptation of Händel's opera Serse.

Ticket Type Price
General $25.00                           Orchestra with Table Seating $100.00 

Premium Balcony $150.00         VIP - Clock Bridge $200.00


Amahl - December 17, 2016.     Holy Rosary Church - Little Italy,                       12021 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106        7:00pm.

This is a non-ticketed performance with FREE Admission. In the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this production is free with a donation to the City Mission to benefit "Laura's Home."


New Opera Works Festival   (NOW)
At Cleveland Public Theater & Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Jan 20 - 29, 2017       

Opera UpClose

Cleveland Opera Theater and Edwin's Restaurant and Institute in Shaker Square: L'amour    A pairing of operatic love songs with exquisite food

Monday, February 6, 2017, 6:00pm
Tickets: $150 Table Seats  -  $100 Bar Seats

By Phone: 216.921.3333     On-line:

Gershwin at Nighttown

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Two Performances - 5:00pm  &  8:00pm
Nighttown's food and drink menu will be available for purchase
à la carte with service at your table

Tangiers Sunday April 9 Time TBA

Le nozze Figaro April 28 7:30pm and April 30 3:00pm - Masonic Auditorium

Oberlin Opera Theater: Viva La Mamma & Les Mamelles de Tiresias

Oberlin Opera Theater presents Donizetti's farcical: Viva La Mamma & Les Mamelles de Tiresias at 8pm Nov 2, 4, & 5, 2016 and at 2 pm Nov 6, 2016.

Performed in English in the Hall Auditorium 67 N. Main St., Oberlin, Oh 44074.

Tickets $10, $8 students.800-371-0178 for information.

CIM Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Dept: Suor Angelica & Amelia al Ballo

CIM, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Dept Presents Puccini's Suor Angelica & Menotti's Amelia al Ballo. Presented as Two One Act Plays. Fully costumed productions with supra titles in English. 

Nov 9,10,11,& 12. 7:30 PM At Kulas Hall, 11021 East Blvd, Cleveland, Oh 44106. 

Tickets $20 adults, $15 Seniors groups and students. Call: 216-795-3211. for details.

2017 schedule is March 1, 2, & 3 with the program to be announced and April 22, & 23 for Spring Scenes.

Oberlin Opera Theater: Jules Massenet's Cendrillon

Oberlin Opera Theater presents: Jules Massenet's: Cendrillon

8 pm March 8, 10, & 11, 2017, & 2 pm March 12 in the Hall Auditorium, 67 N. Main St. Oberlin, Oh 44074.

Tickets $10, $8 students. Call 800-371-0178 for information.

Opera is back at dinner in Little Italy

Opera is back at dinner at La Dolce Vita in Little Italy on Mayfield.

12112 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106   Phone:(216) 721-8155

The Little Italy eatery has resumed its popular Monday night opera series. The event pairs its wonderful Italian dishes with live performances of Puccini and Verdi operas, not to mention some non-Italian fare – maybe Mozart or Bizet or Handel.

When: 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Mondays but call for actual performance dates.

Info: The $40 package includes music and dinner. There is a $15 cover to just watch, without dinner. Reservation are recommended. Go to or call 216-721-8155.

Performances come in short sets.

"The idea is to provide people with a song, then maybe another, and wait a bit and then do it again," says La Dolce Vita owner Terry Tarantino. "We want to complement the dinners and give people a taste of these beautiful songs."

Metropolitan Opera Live Transmitions to movie theaters

Hudson Cinema 10, 5339 Darrow Rd., Hudson, OH 44236

Crocker Park Stadium 16 with IMAX,  30147 Detroit Rd,  Westlake, OH 44145

Southpark Mall, 17450 Southpark Ctr, Strongsville, OH 44136

Montrose Movies 12, 4020 MEDINA RD, Akron, OH 44333

Cinemark at Valley View with HD,  6001 CANAL RD, Valley View, OH 44125

Richmond Town Center 20, 631 Richmond Rd, Richmond Heights, OH 44143

Solon Cinemas 6,  6185 Enterprise Pkwy, Solon, OH 44139

Cinemark 15,  8161 Macedonia Commons Blvd, Macedonia, OH 44056

Cinemark Cuyahoga Falls,  2925 State Rd, Cuyahoga, OH 44223

2016/2017 Season:


SAT, DEC 10, 2016 12:55 PM

SAT, JAN 07, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, JAN 21, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, FEB 25, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, MAR 11, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, MAR 25, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, APR 22, 2017 12:55 PM

SAT, MAY 13, 2017 12:30 PM

Links to many other Opera venues on Stage, Movie Theaters, or TV.

For The Ohio Light Opera - Wooster, Ohio

For Oberlin Conservatory of Music:

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For Youngstown Area Opera

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