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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

NOOL Valentine Day Event 2016

Northern Ohio Opera League (NOOL) cordially invites you to join us for a delightful       Valentines Day Event!

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016      11:30 - 4:00 pm

Shaker Heights Country Club
3300 Courtland Boulevard
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

Valet Parking,                             Business or Cocktail Attire 

11:30 Cocktails, (Cash Bar)       Silent Auction (Cash, Ck or C/C)

12:00 Gourmet Brunch

12:45 Entertainment of Romantic Songs and Arias                                      by Soprano Rebecca Freshwater,                                                        Piano accompaniment by Lorenzo Salvagni

1:15 - 4:00 Dancing by Fred Sivillo, Musician, Singer & DJ

Please Mail Response Form by Feb. 8, 2016.

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TO: MR. JOHN H. INGOLD, One Bratenahl Place, #610,                 BRATENAHL, OH 44108-1153

Last  Minute Reservations or questions, Call: PHYLLIS DONNELLY-INGOLD Event Chair 216-268-4160   or email:  jhingold@

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Great Lakes Light Opera: Scenes OF Love Or Something Like It

Scenes Of Love (Or Something Near It) @ BOP STOP
when Feb 13, 2016, 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Scenes of Love:

Love and marriage, love and marriage, go together like…opera and Shakespeare? Well, there’s a reason so many Shakespeare works have taken shape onstage in the form of opera. Join us as Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Light Opera collaborate on an evening of scenes and musical selections from works of Shakespeare, displaying the many facets of love—romantic and bittersweet; combative and seductive.


A $25 single ticket grants you one admission to the show.
A $55 couple's ticket includes two admissions and two special Valentine's Day cocktails.

C.O.T. Belles Èpoques

Tuesday February 23rd 6:00pm

Join us at EDWINS Restaurant for a magical night of Opera, Food and Wine!

Experience the evolution of French opera and food together!

EDWINS will offer a five course dinner that travels through the ages.
Starting in the 1600’s and working our way up to present day
Taste how French food has evolved as well as the wine that goes with it!

Each course of food and wine will be set to
Opera performances that match that of the time period and food.

Enjoy the music of Cambert, Lully, Rameau, Gounod, Bizet
and other composers paired with the specially crafted menu featuring:

Andrea Anelli, soprano
Marian Vogel, soprano
Timothy Culver, tenor
Brian Keith Johnson, baritone
Lorenzo Salvagni, piano

Join us for a night of food, fun and opera!!!

Tuesday February 23rd 6:00pm

Main Dining Room Seating $150
Obstructed View Seating $100
Bar Seating $75

Call 216.921.3333 to reserve your seat now!

Belles Èpoques is presented in Cleveland Opera Theater's Opera UpClose
series of ticketed performance events pairing food, drinks and opera!

Opera UpClose productions perform in unconventional venues including restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and other pop-up locations throughout Cleveland!

Immerse all your senses in a unique opera experience unlike any experienced before!
Eat, drink, and be entertained with Opera UpClose!

Opera starts again at La Dolce Vita in Little Italy on Mayfield

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. The next programs are set for Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28.

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, with pianist Adam Whiting from Oregon accompanying soprano Claire Connolly from Tulsa, Ok, and tenor Brian Skoog from Birninghamm, Al.

"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."

"We all met at Cleveland Institute of Music," says Whiting, a staff accompanist at CIM. "Most traditional performances have performers on stage and the audience sitting quietly in the dark. Playing La Dolce Vita gives us a chance to interact with people and communicate and reach out in a personable environment."

That's what Tarantino, who grew up playing cello and admiring Luciano Pavarotti, had in mind when he started Opera Nights 25 years ago at La Dolce Vita, a Little Italy institution that has boasts a carefree Roman spirit.


The Arts at Oberlin 2015-2016 opera presentation of :

“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

2016 Season:

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

March 5, 2016 12:55 PM, Puccini's: Manon Lescaut (New Production).

April 2, 2016 12:55 PM, Puccini's: Madama Butterfly

April 16, 2016 12:55 PM, Donizetti's: Roberto Deverux (New Production). 

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

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

For Sandusky State Theater:

For Cincinnati Opera:

World Wide Opera venues:

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