It’s Opera Week in Buffalo. Spearheaded by Opera America, Opera Week gives local opera groups a chance to coordinate their efforts to give opera a nationwide boost.
One highlight of the local celebration is Opera-Lytes’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “The Sorcerer” at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Admission is $20. Call 692-2413.
Opera fills the big screen. At 12:55 p.m. Saturday in the Transit and Elmwood Regal theaters, catch Semyon Bychkov, former music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Renee Fleming, super-soprano from Rochester, in the HD simulcast of Verdi’s “Otello,” live from the Metropolitan Opera.
At 7 p.m., Thursday , also in the Riviera Theatre, Nickel City Opera is showing an encore performance of its 2011 production of “Rigoletto” in HD video with surround sound stereo on screen. 692-2413.
Here are some other Opera Week events:
• 7 p.m. today in the Unity Church of Buffalo (1243 Delaware Ave.): “The Three Sopranos” – Danielle DiStefano, Tediyra Barton-Harris, Danielle McKay – accompanied by Linda Mabry on piano, sing arias, art songs and Italian street songs. A free-will donation. 992-9264.
• 7:30 p.m. today, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park): Baritone Alexander Hurd joins the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Fredonia State College Choir for Bach’s glorious Cantata No. 82, “Ich Habe Genug,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Haydn’s Mass No. 6, “St. Nicholas.” $10. 662-9348.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Westminster Presbyterian Church (724 Delaware Ave.): “Opera Day’s Opera/Informance with the Hillman Opera.” Cast members of Fredonia State College’s Hillman Opera sing excerpts from Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi,” directed and narrated by Fredonia State’s Julie Newell.
• 4 p.m. Sunday, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls): Repeat of the Hillman Opera program. Followed by an opera poster exhibition, raffle and reception. Free.
• 7:30 p.m. Monday, Screening Room Cinema and Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst): “The Audition,” a documentary about the Metropolitan Opera’s dramatic nationwide auditions. Free. Movie treats, including ice cream, will be available.
• 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Alliance Room (695 Elmwood Ave.): “Italian Unification and Verdi’s ‘Nabucco,’” a lecture by Michael Harris. $10.
• 7:30 p.m. next Friday, First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora (9 Paine St.): A concert of the music of Dvorak features pianist Bettyalice Riehle, Barbara Cordaro and Leslie Bahler in addition to Danielle DiStefano, soprano, and Sandy Ackerman, piano, in Czech arias, art songs and chamber music. $10 donation requested. Call 652-0160.
• 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, Rockwell Hall, Room 124, Buffalo State College (1300 Elmwood Ave.): OperaBuffs of Western New York’s Inside Opera Lecture Series welcomes Suzanne Fatta, who for the last five years has been singing opera, classical and early music professionally across Europe. As a female baritone, she’ll give a lecture/performance on the history of low female voices in Western classical music. Free.
• 3 p.m. Nov. 3, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park): “Journey on the Silk Road: A Musical Sojourn from Tunisia to Tokyo” stars soprano Danielle DiStefano, the Harmonia Chamber Singers and Sandy Ackerman for arias, art songs in Italian, French, Chinese and Hindi, that celebrate Eastern music in Western culture. Free-will donation.
• 4 p.m. Nov. 4, St. Joseph University Church (3269 Main St.): Suzanne Fatta, female baritone, joins pianist Ivan Docenko and soprano Leah Schneider for a recital of art songs and arias. Free.
• 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Seneca Queen Theatre (4624 Queen St., Niagara Falls, Ont.): “Opera Grandissima!” spotlights the talents of promising young opera artists from the Buffalo, Niagara and Toronto regions.
The gala concert features singers who have studied with soprano Aprile Millo. $25. 213-5636.