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NOOL Board/Officer Information

Carole Roske: Chair of Board,,

26003 Lake Road, Bay Village, Oh 44140-2574,

Home (440) 871-4797, Cell 440-724-8389

Bob Cutler: V.P./Assistant Treasurer,, 216-990-2992

David Lang: Treasurer, 330-678-2906

Carole Reick: Secretary,, 216-226-7389

Shelly Andserson: Correspondence Secretary,, 216-321-6424

Greg Polyak: Web Master.

440-570-6695. Call or email Greg with any corrections or additions.


Donations Board inquiries

NOOL has openings for new

board members.

Requirements: Wish to help

Opera succeed in N. Ohio.

Attend board meetings.

Meeting are kept to 2 hours

or 2 1/2 hours and sometimes

depending on what NOOL

has going on once a month

but often skipping months.

Attend NOOL events like

similar ones under our

website heading of NOOL

Archives with lots of photos.

Help as an Officer,

Committee chair or volunteer.

Be an advocate of NOOL

by letting others know about

our programs. One of the

best ways to do that is pass

out our business cards that

have our web address on

them so people can see

everything going on in

Opera in Northern Ohio.

Have fun and hear fine


Pay annual dues that are

super reasonable.

Contact Membership Chair:

Carole Roske, Please send

all membership information

and payments to:

26003 Lake Road, Bay Village,

Oh 44140-2574,,

Home (440) 871-4797,

Cell 440-724-8389

Donations to the NOOL

can be done by sending

a check made out to:

Northern Ohio Opera

League and sent to:

Treasurer: David Lang,


Checks sent to:

2516 Hanson Ave.,

Stow, Oh 44224 made

out to "NOOL".

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

Nightingale Opera Theater The Consul

Nightingale Opera Theater Presents

Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Consul"

July 23, 2017 @ 2:30 PM.

Barlow Community Center
41 S. Oviatt St.
Hudson, Ohio 44236

Opera in the Italian Gardens

Opera in the Italian Gardens

The popular, free concert "Opera in the Italian Garden" will be presented on the lawn of the beautiful Renaissance Italian Cultural Garden Sunday, July 30 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.

The concert, offered free to the public by the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation, features famous music from well known operas with the Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet.

This popular event highlights one of Italy's greatest cultural arts. It's a perfect opportunity to introduce children to the great Italian operatic composers while relaxing on the lawn of Cleveland's cultural monument to Italy in Rockefeller Park.

Bring your family and friends and a picnic, or enjoy freshly cooked wood fired pizzas in this bucolic Renaissance space. Matteo Silvaggio of Little Italy Wines will once again be offering free wine tastings for concertgoers.

The free concert continues the tradition of offering the cultural arts of Italy to the Cleveland public and is presented as part of the Italian Cultural Garden Foundation's "Viva! La Cultura Italiana" cultural series. Last year the concert drew 2,354 people from Northeast Ohio. Free concert, free parking, wood fired pizza, and wine - a perfect summer evening!

"Opera in the Italian Garden" 990 East Blvd.- Cleveland, OH 44108 For information: 216-916-7780. 250 chairs but bring your own to ensure a seat.

Article by: Colin Toke,, on March 28, 2017 

Opera Educational Classes

Opera Educational classes:

The sponsoring organization is: The Institute For Learning In Retirement (ILR). Classes are held at Temple Emanu El, 4545 Brainard Road (where it intersects with Emory Road,) Orange Village, 44022. A complete course and fees list can be obtained by calling (216)987-2985.

This semeter we will be reviewing Bellini's "Norma" starring Sondra Radnavosky. The class will also see the wonderful Renee Fleming in Dvorak's magical opera, "Rusalka."

Michael L. Blauner will be teaching: (Hello and Goodbye to Two Great Divas) begins on Wednesday, September 27 and runs for six weeks. We meet from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm..

Michael L. Blauner, Ph.D.              

Operatic Adventures restart

NOOL is restarting Operatic Adventures. The program under the old Cleveland Opera filled large audiences with knowledge of future Cleveland Opera performances. NOOL will broaden the program on local future performances but also a wide range of intriguing often outrageous happenings to educate and delight audiences. 

Please check out the schedule under our Opera Event Calendar and News Flashes page. 

Sept programs start in the following libraries:

1. Tuesday, September 19, Brecksville, 7-9 pm.

2. Sunday, September 24, Beachwood, 2-4 pm.

3. Monday, September 25, Bay Village, 7-9 pm.

4. Wednesday, September 27, Chagrin Falls, 7-9 pm.

Cleveland Opera Theater, Madama Butterfly

Join Cleveland Opera Theater  (COT) for Giacomo Puccini's timeless operatic masterpiece! Giacomo Puccini "Madama Butterfly"

Cleveland Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115. Free Parking

​Friday, October 20, 7:00 pm

​Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm

Opera in 3 acts
Run-time:  Approximately 3 hrs. with intermissions between the first and second acts.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles - understand every word
Madama Butterfly will be performed fully staged with orchestra, and costumes, and scenery.

Tickets: $15 - $150
VIP: $150 - premium seating location and for-purchase drink service at your seat

Director's Circle: $75 - premium seating location, 6-seat boxes available for groups

Orchestra: $49
Mezzanine: $49
Balcony: $20
Student Tickets: $15 - Available for purchase with student ID

Free Student Tickets Available
For more information call: 216-512-0268

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 Encores:

Giuseppe Verdi's: Macbeth, Wed Jun 28, 2017    7:00 PM

Giuseppe Verdi's: Nabucco, Wed July 12, 2017    7:00 PM

Georges Bizet's: Carmen, Wed Jul 19, 2017,    7:00 PM

End of 2016/2017 Encore Season


2017/2018   Live Performances in HD Season:

Vincenzo Bellini's Norma: Sat Oct 7, 2017, 12:55 PM.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte: SAT, OCT 07, 2017 12:55 PM

THOMAS ADÈS's The Exterminating Angel: SAT, NOV 18, 2017 12:55 PM

Giacmo Puccini's Tosca, Sat Jan 27, 2018    12:55 PM

Gaetano Donizetti's: L'Eisir d'Amore, Sat, Feb 10, 2018   12:00 PM

Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme, Sat, Feb 24, 2018, 12:30 PM

Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide, Sat, Mar 10, 2018,   12:55 PM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cosi fan tutti, Sat, Mar 31, 2018,   12: 55 PM

Giuseppi Berdi's Luisa Miller, Sat, Apr 14, 2018,   12:30  PM

Jules Massenet's Cendrillon Sat, Apr 28, 2018,  12:55 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:

For Great Lakes Light Opera:

For Youngstown Area Opera

Youngstown State University College of Creative Arts & Communication

One University Plaza Youngstown OH 44555 330.941.2307 www.ysu.tix

For Sandusky State Theater:

For Cincinnati Opera:

World Wide Opera venues:

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