ENGAGE Participate in opera clubs and productions

Opera Club - Opera lovers of all ages are welcome!

You've heard of book clubs--how about opera clubs? Cleveland Opera Theater's opera club is designed to bring audience members together for fun social gatherings around a chosen opera production. On the 3rd Monday of each month at 7p, the club gives the opportunity to hang out with fellow opera-heads and have a great discussion while enjoying some of Cleveland's foodie hot spots and local breweries!

Upcoming events:

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 7p Mama Santa's in Little Italy, we will discuss Handel's Agrippina (join us for the MET Live Broadcast at Silverspot Cinemas on February 29!) *Parking is available on Mayfield Rd. Valet is not available on Mondays.

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 7p Bruno's Ristorante in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, we will discuss Puccini's Tosca (join us for the MET Live Broadcast at Silverspot Cinemas on April 11!)

Monday, May 18, 2020 @ 7p Location TBD, we will discuss Donizetti's Maria Stuarda (join us for the MET Live Broadcast at Silverspot Cinemas on May 9!)

Community Artist Program - Youth and Adult

Designed to spark interest in music and the arts, and to build a deeper sense of active community that is rooted in the creative art-making process. 


An audition and interview process places community youth and adults in singing and acting roles in the ensemble and / or as members of the design and production crew for main stage productions according to their interests, experience, and skill-level.  


Participants broaden their performance and artistic interpretation skills, and develop a unique understanding of the music, orchestration, plot, characters, libretto and design & production, as well as the use of operatic material in popular culture.


Participants then work alongside professional artists in rehearsals and main stage performances in the ensemble of mainstage performances.  

Participation typically follows this schedule: 

  • 6 - 8 weeks prior to the mainstage production opening date Workshops meet Monday evenings


  • 3 weeks prior to mainstage productions rehearsals meet Tuesday evenings and Saturdays in the late morning thru early evening


  • The week of the performance there is typically rehearsal every evening, which includes: Sunday Orchestra Rehearsal, Monday Tech Rehearsal, Tuesday Dress Rehearsal, Wednesday Final Dress Rehearsal, Friday Opening Performance 7:30pm, Sunday Closing Performance 3:00pm.

Detroit Shoreway Youth Chorus - in partnership with Near West Theatre



Registration Now Open!

Weekly rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4pm–5:30pm 

  • Near West Theatre's FREE after-school program in partnership with Cleveland Opera Theater

  • Open to ages 8–14

  • No Audition Required

  • Community performances throughout the year

  • Share your gift! Sign up today!


Space is limited. 

For registration & questions, contact Bailey Pfohl:
216.961.9750 ext.110 or bpfohl@nearwesttheatre.org

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