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NOOL Board Information

Chair Of the Board: Mary Hamlin,

President Pro-Temp: Bob Cutler,, 216-752-6052

Vice Chair: John Chipka:, 216-252-7074

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

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

Membership info sent to Phyllis:    One Bratenahl Place, Suite 610,

Bratenahl, Oh 44108-1153

Corresponding Secretary: Carole Roske,, (440) 871-4797

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

Consultant: Barbara S. Rosebenthal, Esq.

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 all local opera groups 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 firends , "That was the best house party I have ever been to", or attend one of our events.

Sincerely, Greg Polyak

Opera On The Playbill

Opera Circle: Madam Butterfly

Madama Butterfly   by Giacomo Puccini

    Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30pm
    The Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare 1511 Euclid Avenue Cleveland OH 44115

About the Production

Opera Circle returns to PlayhouseSquare with a full-scale production of this magnificent work, in which the tragic love story of a beautiful Japanese girl and a US naval officer is brought to life through magnificent music. This opera classic will feature soloists, chorus, orchestra, costumes, staging, and supertitles.
About the Conductor

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, Principal Associate Conductor of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, will come especially to conduct one performance only, not to be missed! Maestro Nowak holds an illustrious international career, his artistry having been recognized in engagements, reviews, competitions, recordings, and venues all over the world.


    Dorota Sobieska, soprano, as Cio-Cio San
    Christina Carr, mezzo-soprano, as Suzuki
    Susan Fletcher, mezzo-soprano, as Kate Pinkerton
    Isaac Hurtado, tenor, as B.F. Pinkerton
    James Binion, baritone, as Sharpless
    Brian Skoog, tenor, as Goro
    Shaun McGrath, tenor, as Prince Yamadori
    William Roberts, baritone, as Bonzo
    Jeremy Gilpatric, baritone, as Il commissario imperiale
    Laura Avdey, mezzo-soprano, as La madre
    Nicole Wong, soprano, as La zia
    Rachel Morrison, soprano, as La cugina

Tickets are available through the PlayhouseSquare Box Office at 216 241 6000 or online at PlayhouseSquare.


Nightingale Opera Elixir Of Love

Nightingale Opera presents Donizetti's "Elixir Of Love" at 8:00PM June 13, 2015, at the Knight Fine Art Center, Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio.

To reserve tickets call: 330-575-3961 or email:

Opera In The Italian Cultural Gardens

There will be an Opera Program Free and Open to the public in the Italian Cultural Gardens of Cleveland Sunday July 26, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Opera Circle will perform.

Last years audience was around 1,500 so come early, bring your own folding chairs or blanket, A picnic basket with your favorite drink or buy wood fired pizza made on the spot.

The gardens are located in Wade Park between MKL Drive and East Blvd. is free street parking with lots more in a school parking lot one block away. Restroom facilities are provided.

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.

    Verdi's Il Trovatore                    October 3, 2015

    Otello                                        October 17, 2015

   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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