NOOL is extremely sad to announce the passing of a truly significant leader in Cleveland opera scene, Andrea Anelli. She passed peacefully from a long-term cancer in her Chardon home the morning of 1/1/22. Only after the founder of Cleveland Opera by co-founder David Bamberger and Dorota Sobieska and Jacek Sobieski with Opera Circle now, The Cleveland Opera, has there been other significant “Starter from scratch” personage of opera in NE Ohio like Andrea Anelli. Note: Northern Ohio Opera League “NOOL” 2007 has a board and presents concert opera type events to support all opera companies in NE Oh and therefore is not a “Starter from Scratch - founder type company. Soprano Andrea Anelli was the founder and co-director of three different opera companies: Opera Per Tutti (2006), rebranded as Cleveland Opera Theater (2014), and ContempOpera/Cleveland (2016). Each opera company had a different goal and audience to satisfy. And satisfy Andrea did with each company. She not only created, auditioned, selected music, costumes, sets, directed, produced, found venues to perform in, and raised funds she sang in most of the productions. I am tired thinking of all she did. Succeeding in each endeavor makes her a Cleveland legend. Most today say her Cleveland Opera Theater is today’s highest level and most diverse in NE Ohio. She took them from a "founder-driven" to a "board-driven" entity for growth. "I never dreamed it could become what it did," Anelli said. "It so far exceeded my expectations. It's been quite a journey." Andrea Anelli was the general director for Opera Per Tutti, a company she founded in 2006 to keep the art of opera alive and accessible in Northeast Ohio, offering talented, local singers the opportunity to perform. “There are a lot of fine singers in Cleveland who want to stay here without going out of town,” said Anelli, a lyric soprano. “You know what the saying is, ‘I want to be able to bloom where I am planted.’ Anelli has been credited with making opera affordable and accessible to all interested in Cleveland. She has been featured in Cleveland Business Connects Magazine and is a past recipient of the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Award. In 2016, she moved on and formed ContempOpera of contemporary works to give “voice to composers of our time” that resonated with a wider audience. Performances may include pieces that cross over into musical theater and pop music. Opera Per Tutti has made several appearances and received high praise for performances in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. At the rededication of the Italian Cultural Garden on July 21, 2008. Joyce Mariani, executive director of the Italian Gardens Foundation, said it was a historic event because it was the first Opera in the Italian Garden in 68 years. Opera in the Italian Gardens now hosts up to 1500 people each year. So, to honor Andrea NOOL suggests you listen to an opera song or attend the Met in HD at your local theater. Maybe, I will see you 1/5/22 when my wife and friend go to the Valley View Theater to see the Met in HD Cinderella encore at 1:00. Respectively written by Greg Polyak NOOL 2nd VP, Sec, Website Master and FB page Master, & photographer. To learn everything going on in Opera in NE Ohio go to: northernohiooperaleague.org. a 501©3 non-profit.
NOOL’s Annual Luncheon, included a Meeting & Entertainment. Marian Vogel (Soprano), Tim Culver (Tenor) sang Broadway and Grand Opera accompanied by Marcia Snavely on Piano. The guests and members were delighted to her such great performers, have fine food and finally be able to see friends again in person after the 14 month hiatus from Covid19. The Shaker C/C was a fine venue for the event hosted by NOOL 1st VP & Treasurer Bob Cutler. Carole Roske (COB) presided over the meeting. Greg Polyak introduced the performers and turned pages for wife Marcia. He also set up the practice keyboard in the Board room for the entertainers to use before the show. The entire Luncheon went from NOON until 2:45.
During 2020 and well into 2021 NOOL has stopped all live programs. Instead, we are looking for grant money to help strengthen the coffers so when live Opera comes back we are better set to provide the N. Ohio area the joys of both live Opera and educating the public about Opera in general.
NOOL members are still enjoying re-runs found in the Met Opera’s programs and a very few local opera companies that have a rare internet streaming performance.
I have posted more on NOOL’s Facebook page than here on our real website. The Facebook page has less information about local performances and instead may post silly cartoons and virtually any other aspect of opera. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/northernohiooperaleague.
So we at NOOL wish all to stay healthy, have less stress and be prosperous. Stay tuned for more opera hopefully in later 2021 nearer Fall.
NOOL is proud to announce our own board member Clive Hamlin’s contribution to the Arts. His wife, Mary Hamlin was NOOL’s President for numerous years.
CIM Receives First-Ever Fully Endowed Presidential Scholarship, Given by Dr. Clive Hamlin.
$1.5 Million Gift in Memory of Mary Hamlin Provides Full Tuition, Room, Board and Fees for Exceptional Student
NOOL is immediately putting Operatic Adventures on hold.
While attendance was building it still was low. Our lecturer missed a few lectures due to sickness and others due to lack of transportation. We apologize to those who tried to attend and found no lecture on those days. Cancellations are impossible since we do not have a way to contact those who wish to attend.
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Opera Circle has changed its name to “The Cleveland Opera”.
The Cleveland area now has numerous opera groups with similar names so try not to confuse them:
The Cleveland Opera was originally Opera Circle.
Cleveland Opera Theater was originally Opera Per Tutti.
ContempOpera Cleveland was started by the founder of Opera Per Tutti.
Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater (A college teaching institution in Berea, Oh)