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BOU History: News & Updates
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  • 1985    One act comic opera entitled The Impresario and scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (BSC Learning Lab)

  • 1986    A mini-version of Carmen with our first review (Buffalo Seminary)

  • 1987    An updated 1950’s version of Cosi Fan Tutte (Buffalo Seminary)

  • 1988    Excerpts from Porgy and Bess for OperaBuffs boat trip

  • 1989    Salute to Paul Robeson and Roland Hayes (Historical Society)

  • 1991    A full scale production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (Lancaster Opera House)
    An Evening of Mozart (The Impresario and scenes from The Marriage of Figaro (Lancaster Opera House)

  • 1992    A combination of Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola to produce A Rossini Experiment (Lancaster Opera House)

  • 1993    An updated version of Faust, performed with string quartet and piano (BSC Rockwell Hall)
    A program dedicated to George Gershwin with scenes from Porgy and Bess and famous Gershwin songs (Lancaster Opera House)

  • 1994    An updated version of Don Giovanni with emphasis on a color scheme (Lancaster Opera House)
    A program dedicated to Duke Ellington with the Al Tinney Trio (Lancaster Opera House)

  • 1996    An updated mini-version of La Boheme (Lancaster Opera House)

  • 1997    A Schubertiad, a program dedicated to Schubert, marking the 200th anniversary of his birth (Historical Society)
    Lieder and Liebeslieder by Brahms, marking the 100th anniversary of his death (Parkside Lutheran Church)

  • 1999    A Century Salute to Duke Ellington (Riviera Theatre)
    A full scale production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, performed with string orchestra and piano (Riviera Theatre)
    Ellington and Gershwin (Kenan Center)
    A Century of Broadway (Pfeifer Theatre)

  • 2000    A full-scale production of Tosca, with orchestra (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2003    Bernstein – a program of excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s greatest musical works (Riviera Theatre)
    A full-scale production of La Traviata with orchestra (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2004    Cosi Fan Tutte with string orchestra (Warren Enters Theatre, BSC)

  • 2005    The Genius of Cole Porter (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2006    Totally Mozart – The Impresario and scenes from other Mozart operas (The Church)

  • 2007    A full-scale production of The Merry Widow (Rockwell Hall)
    God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson (Westminster Presbyterian Church)

  • 2008    Sacred Jazz Concert (Westminster Presbyterian Church)

  • 2010    Opera Program (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

  • 2011    An Afternoon of Love Songs (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)
    A Tribute to William Grant Still (UB Center for the Arts) Sacred Jazz (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

  • 2012    Celebrating Diversity:  Songs of African-American Composers (Westminster Presbyterian Church; Niagara Arts and Cultural Center)

  • 2012      A full-scale production of Gounod’s Faust 
    (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2013    An Afternoon of Sacred Jazz (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church)
    Viva Verdi! Famous scenes with orchestra (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)

  • 2014    Barroom Brawls – two one act operas, Blue Monday by George Gershwin and premiere production of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Glenn Nettles (710 Main Theatre)
    Totally Mozart – The Impresario and favorite selections from other Mozart operas (710 Main Theatre)

  • 2015    A full-scale production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (UB’s Center for the Arts Drama Theater)
    Salute to Duke Ellington with the George Caldwell Quintet and dancers (710 Main Theatre)

  • 2016    World premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Glenn Nettles (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)
    Full-scale production of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)

  • 2017    Full-scale production of Madama Butterfly by Puccini (Rockwell Hall Performing Arts Center)
    Full-scale production of The Magic Flute by Mozart (Rockwall Hall Performing Arts Center)

  • 2018    Salute to Leonard Bernstein (710 Main Theatre)Full-scale production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2019    Full-scale production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Rockwell Hall)
    Full-scale production of Rossini’s Cinderella (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2020    “On Stage with Buffalo Opera Unlimited” – four half-hour programs produced in collaboration with Buffalo Toronto Public Media; aired on WNED TV

  • 2021    Susannah by Carlisle Floyd – produced in collaboration with Buffalo Toronto Public Media; aired on WNED TV
    Full-scale production of Carmen by Georges Bizet (Rockwell Hall)

  • 2022    “Spotlight on Black Composers” (Rockwell Hall)      
    Full-scale production of Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi (Rockwell Hall)

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