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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

Treasurer: Bob Cutler,, 216-752-6052 and Assistant Sue Lehrer. 

Secretary: Carole Rieck,, 216-226-7389

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

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

Additional Board Members: Richard Fleischman FAIA, Betty Billings, Dr. Kathleen Grieser M.D., Marsha Gross, Dr. Jane Sembric PhD, John Ingold,

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 7 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

Sad announcement

Sad announcement

Nov 17, 2015

NOOL is sad to announce the passing of John Peto. John was a past board member of the Cleveland Opera League, a precursor to NOOL. John developed brain cancer one year ago and passed on Nov 16, 2015.John loved to tell jokes, loved opera and was a fine attorney who helped with our by laws. Cards can be sent to Ms. Terri Peto at: 25870 Zeman Ave, Euclid, Ohio 44132.

A Memorial Mass for John will be held Dec 12 at Our LADY OF THE LAKE East 200 in Euclid. The exact time is not yet given. 

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A Street Car Named Desire: Cleveland Opera Theater

Cleveland Opera Theater presents A Streetcar Named Desire, an Opera based upon Tennessee William’s classic play.
Music by Andre Previn, Libretto by Philip Luttrell.
A fully staged Opera in 3 Acts with orchestra, scenery, lighting and costumes. Run time 3.5 hours including intermissions.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
Tickets $25 - $99 with student rush tickets on sales for $15, available 45 minutes before show time.
Friday Dec 4, 2015 7:30pm
Sun Dec 6, 2015 3:00pm
A Zydeco Bistro Mobile Restaurant Créole food truck will be available. Food and drink may be brought into the theater.
There is free parking and a full cash bar. VIP seating features full bar service throughout the performance.
Located between Chester &Euclid Ave, 36th & 40th St. Cleveland.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Cleveland Opera Theater presents their annual
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Saturday December 19, 2015 @ 7:00pm at the Holy Rosary Church, Cleveland.
Celebrate the Season with Gian Carlo Menotti's classic holiday opera
Amahl and the Night Visitors is the story of a boy, Amahl, who can walk only with a crutch. He lives with his mother in Bethlehem in the first century.  
They receive visitors, three kings from a far-away land on a journey to meet a newborn child, and what happens next...well you'll have to be there to find out!
In the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this production is free with a donation to the City Mission. Monetary donations or a donation of disposable diapers for Laura's Home the City Mission's crisis center for women and children.
100% of all donations benefit the City Mission.

Opera On The Playbill


The Arts at Oberlin 2015-2016 opera presentation of :

“The Rape of Lucretia” on Nov. 11 and 13-15 and

“Alcina”on March 9 and 11-13, 2016.

Opera Circle The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute    by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
• Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30pm
• Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm
• Westlake High School Performing Arts Center                                                        27830 Hilliard Boulevard Westlake OH 44145

Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Women's Orchestra. Tickets will be available through the Opera Circle Box Office.

Metropolitan Opera Live Transmitions to movie theaters

Hudson Cinema 10
Crocker Park Stadium 16 with IMAX, Westlake
Southpark Mall, Strongsville
Montrose Movies 12, Akron
Cinemark at Valley View with HD

2015/2015 Season:

Don't miss the Met's tenth season of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world.

Director Barlett Sher's acclaimed new production of Verdi's Otello this Saturday October 17, 2015 at 12:55pm ET at your local cinema. (Encore screening on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:30pm local time.)

Wagner’s Tannhäuser               October 31, 2015

Berg’s Lulu–New Production     November 21, 2015

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 Youngstown Area Opera

For Sandusky State Theater:

For Cincinnati Opera:

World Wide Opera venues:

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