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Celebrate Opera Week 2019

Singing Opera's praises in Western New York & Ontario


All are invited to attend the special events planned...

October 25- November 3, 2019

The Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc., is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation supporting and promoting opera in Western New York and especially the idea of a dedicated performing arts space for opera and ballet. 

We are honored to again be the coordinating organizer/promoter of Celebrate National Opera Week 2019 in the WNY and Niagara Region.

We hope that our community service work and schedule of special concerts, lectures and entertaining celebrations to commemorate National Opera Week in our area, will not only inspire the young and old alike, but will also strengthen the sense of community through the universal language of Music.

We are proud to say that our 2018 celebration broke records for attendance and musical organization participation, both nationally and locally.

This year, the lighting of the Peace Bridge in burgundy and gold will be Friday, October 25, from dusk to midnight. In addition to the exceptional concerts, operas, and lectures, our community will enjoy unique offerings, such as "Yoga & Opera" and there will be a special Opera Day concert in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Bravissimi!

This year, the musical organizations include: 

Body Glyphix Studio, Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Camerata Di San'Antonio Chamber Orchestra, Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra, Chopin Singing Society, Erwin H. Johnson Memorial Fund, Inc., Fredonia School of Music, Freudig Singers of WNY, Harmonia Chamber Singers, Hillman Opera, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC), Opera Atelier, OperaBuffs of WNY, Opera-Lytes, Opera Niagara, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and Orchestra/Antara Winds, Vocàlis Chamber Choir, 

The Women of Vivaldi.

Other ways to celebrate opera are here... Opera Books are available for purchase!

Visit to search for the following titles...

Manga and Mozart, Opera Coloring Book- by Danielle Di Stefano, soprano. Historically accurate costumes and interesting facts about the operas featured await in this unique, fun, and award-winning book for all ages.

The Operalicious Cookbook- Conceived by Sylvia Volk, compiled and edited by Wayne Line and Eileen Breen. Recreate historical opera dishes from world-famous singers and composers, delicious opera-related recipes from all around the world.