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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 and Assistant Sue Lehrer. 

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

Additional Board Members: Richard Fleischman FAIA, Architect, Betty Billings, Dr. Kathleen Grieser M.D., Marsha Gross, Dr. Jane Sembric PhD, John Ingold, John Chipka, Sherry Epstein, Esq, Marguerite I. Harkness, CPA, Mary Hamlin, Past President

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

Hungarian Reformed Church Concert

May 14, 2016 Start time: 7:00 pm
West Side Hungarian Church
Event location Address: 15300 Puritas Ave. Cleveland, Oh
Cost: $40 Per person/ 
Where to buy tickets : Pálffy Anikó   Phone: 440-899-0216

The West Side Hungarian Reformed church invites you to an evening of Hungarian music, operettas and Gypsy Music, presented by the Lakatos Gypsy Band and Gergely Norgradi one of the best voices in Hungary, SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, 7PM. They are touring North American and will be in Cleveland for one performance.  Please come and enjoy a great Hungarian meal and a lively concert.                                                                                                                         Tickets are $40, pre-order only by May 11th.  Write checks out to West side Hungarian Reformed church; send check to Aniko Palffy at 25610 Hilliard Rd. Westlake Oh 44145.  For further information call the church Tues- Sat. between 10-1 at 216-476-3736 or Aniko Palffy at 440-899-0316. Find the event on Facebook at Hungarian Reformed Church West side. See the musicians on YouTube.

Cleveland Opera Theater La Boheme

Cleveland Opera Theater presents Giacomo Puccini's   La Bohème

Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Illica & Giacosa

Opera in 3 acts fully staged with orchestra, and costumes, and scenery.
Run-time:  Approximately 3 hrs. with intermissions between acts

Revel in the soaring melodies of Puccini's most celebrated opera! 

Be transported to 1830's Paris, France for a timeless love story. 

Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:30pm    Sunday, May 1, 2016, 3:00pm

Click links above or call the Ticketfly box office: 877-987-6487

VIP  $99 with premium seating location and for-purchase food and drink service at the seats
Director's Circle: $75,     Orchestra: $49,    Mezzanine: $49,    Balcony: $20,       Student Rush Tickets: $15 - Available for purchase 45 minutes prior to curtain with student ID

Sung in Italian with English supertitles - understand every word

Cleveland Opera Theater at the Masonic Auditorium featuring "The Best sound in Town"

Free parking - Directly across the street from the venue

Located about one minute from I-90 between the 36th and 40th blocks between Chester and Euclid Avenue.

Opera Circle: II trovatory

Il trovatore presented by Opera Circle Cleveland:

Follow the tragic love of the noble Leonora and the troubadour Manrico. Thwarted by the jealous Count di Luna, its course commingles with the shifting fortunes of military legions caught in the conflicted feudalism, the deeply-felt piety of its religious orders, and the sinister tale of the mistaken identity of an infant. Verdi's superb scoring and soaring melodies bring the story to an ultimate, dreadful cadence, but not without a stupefying plot twist orchestrated by the ancient Gypsy enchantress, Azucena. A quintessential part of the opera canon, this masterpiece will be fully staged, with soloists, chorus, sets, costumes, English translation projected, and The Orchestra of Opera Circle Cleveland under the baton of Joel Smirnoff.

Sat, Jun 11, 2016 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices:  $26.50 - $66.50     Ohio Theatre, Cleveland, Oh. 

Ticket Office Information Line:  216-771-8403

Purchase Tickets by Phone  216-241-6000,   866-546-1353

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

2016 Season:

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

April 30, 2016 12:55 PM, Strauss's: Elektra (New Production).

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

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