Comic Opera Guild

Founded: 
2012
Active status: 
Producing opera
Company Type: 
Semi-pro
About Us: 

 

- An Overview -

Unique Repertory.

Founded in 1973, the Comic Opera Guild has been acquainting Michigan audiences with a unique repertory of comic operas and operettas. Spanning a period of over 200 years, these shows teem with wit, mirth, and beautiful music. Endowed with new English translations, these works shed their distance from American audiences, providing them with new experiences in musical theater.

Operetta and comic opera did not develop as an art form in the United States, but were imported from Europe and led to the development of the American musical comedy. In its belief that this tradition should not be lost to Americans, the Guild creates original versions of most of its European shows, thus making them come alive for American audiences. Guild translations and adaptations have been used by organizations throughout the country including Chicago's Light Opera Works, the Atlanta Opera, and the Opera Theater of Syracuse. Recently, our American Musicals in Concert project has resulted in performances and recordings of the works of pioneering theater composers, especially Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern. Providing performing versions and recordings of operettas not only ensures that the merit of the works is rediscovered, but also provides for their continued production around the world.

Professional Opportunities for Michigan Artists.

There are very few openings for singers in our own state, with most large opera and musical organizations casting out of New York. The Comic Opera Guild offers the opportunity to show our own talent right here in Michigan. Development of new talent is not only important to the music schools, but also to the individual artists in our state. The Guild produces the annual Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition, awarding significant prize money to the winners.

Amateurs Performing with Professionals.

The Guild is one of the very few companies in the country that combine professional and amateur singers. Chorus involvement in our productions is purely voluntary and is open to all. Talented volunteers bring a spirit to performances that most fully professional companies can only envy, and they provide the heartbeat of the organization.

Statewide Exposure.

The Guild has toured its shows to over 30 cities, from Adrian to Calumet, and has always been received enthusiastically. We are the only musical company in the state that tours with an entire cast, crew, set and, when desired, orchestra. These projects involve complex planning but are, we feel, vital to the exposure of our art and our artists to as wide an audience as possible

Audiences of All Ages

A large percentage of Guild supporters are senior citizens. Surveys taken in the last few years indicate that seniors are very interested in the availability of this form of musical theater and actively pursue it. It is much more difficult to reach the young audiences, inundated as they are with the popular media, but the Guild has special programs to bring younger people to its shows and prove that our productions are entertaining and enlightening to all generations.

History: 

 

Comic Opera Guild Performance Chronology

*Original Translations or Performing Versions

 

1974 BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE* (Mozart)

        AGES AGO (Gilbert & Clay)

        Jan. 12, 19, Ann Arbor

1974 COX & BOX (Burnand & Sullivan)

        Ann Arbor Art Fair Summer, Huron Hotel, Ypsilanti 22 performances

1975 DIE FLEDERMAUS* (Strauss-Morningstar/Swain)

        Feb. 6-8, Ann Arbor Feb. 21, Niles

1975 THE ZOO (Stephenson & Sullivan)

        Ann Arbor Ypsilanti

1976 LA BELLE HELENE* (Offenbach-Morningstar/Swain)

        Feb. 4-7, Ann Arbor Feb. 21, Niles

1976 BABES IN TOYLAND* (Herbert-Curtis/Dorrien)

        Oct. 23, 24 Saline Nov. 6, Oak Park Nov. 20, Adrian Nov. 21, Kalamazoo

        Nov. 27, 28, Ann Arbor Dec. 4, Cheboygan

1977 THE MERRY WIDOW* (Lehar-Morningstar)

        Feb. 9-12, Ann Arbor Feb. 19, Kalamazoo Feb. 26, Niles

1977 LA SERVA PADRONA* (Pergolesi)*

        BA-TA-CLAN * (Offenbach-Orenstein)

        Oct. 15, Whitehall Oct. 22, Leslie Oct. 28, 29, Ann Arbor

        Nov. 6, Big Rapids Nov. 12, Harrison

 

1978 ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD* (Offenbach-Petiet)

        Feb. 1-4, Ann Arbor

1978 BEGGAR'S OPERA (Gay)

        Oct. 21, Ann Arbor Oct. 28, Mercy College, Detroit Nov. 6, Grand Rapids

        Nov. 18, Leslie April 21, Houghton-Calumet

1978 COX & BOX (Burnand & Sullivan)

        June 17, Detroit

 

1979 GYPSY BARON* (Strauss-Morningstar)

        Feb. 7-10, Ann Arbor Mar. 3, Mt. Clemens Mar. 10, Adrian

1979 MARRIAGE CONTACT* (Rossini-Petiet/Simmerman)

        Oct. 10, Ann Arbor Oct. 11, Oxford

1980 LA PERICHOLE* (Offenbach-Orenstein)

        Feb. 27- Mar. 1, Ann Arbor Mar. 15, Mt. Clemens

1980 MUSIC MASTER* (Pergolesi-Petiet)

        April, Ann Arbor April 11, St. Ignace April 12, Calumet May 4, Ann Arbor

1980 AGES AGO (Gilbert & Clay)

        COX & BOX (Burnand & Sullivan)

        IOLANTHE (Gilbert & Sullivan)

        June 21-27, Saugatuck

1980 COX & BOX (Burnand & Sullivan)

        Nov. 14-15, Ann Arbor

1981 NAUGHTY MARIETTA* (Herbert-Petiet)

        Feb. 11-14, Ann Arbor Mar. 7, Adrian

1981 MARRIAGE CONTRACT* (Rossini-Petiet/Simmerman)

        Apr. 24, Ann Arbor

1981 SCENES FROM CANDIDE (Bernstein)

FESTIVAL OF DOVES* (Breton-Petiet)

        Oct. 16, 17, Ann Arbor Nov. 7, Monroe Comm. College Nov. 14, Petoskey

        Dec. 3-6, Manchester

1982 LA VIE PARISIENNE* (Offenbach-Orenstein)

        Feb. 3-6, Ann Arbor Mar. 7, Big Rapids Mar. 13, Tecumseh May, 23, Adrian

1983 DESERT SONG (Romberg)

        Feb. 10-12, Ann Arbor)

1983 COMEDY CLASSICS-CONCERT

        April 23, Ann Arbor

1983 BABES IN TOYLAND* (Herbert-Petiet)

        Dec. 17, 18, Ann Arbor

1984 THE MERRY WIDOW* (Lehar-Morningstar)

        Mar. 1-4, Ann Arbor

1984 SCENES FROM GREAT OPERETTAS I-Concert

        Sep. 28, Ann Arbor

 

1985 THE BRIGANDS (Offenbach-Gilbert)

        Mar. 21-23, Ann Arbor

1985 SCENES FROM GREAT OPERETTAS II-Concert

        Nov. 14, Wyandotte Nov. 22, Ann Arbor

1986 BABES IN TOYLAND* (Herbert-Petiet)

        Jan. 11-12, Calumet Jan. 13, Escanaba Jan. Marquette

1986 EL CAPITAN (Sousa-Minnesota Version)

        Feb. 13-15, Ann Arbor Mar. 15, Ionia

1986 CHAPTER & WORSE* (Petiet)

        Ann Arbor Nov. 21, Riverview

1987 KISMET (Borodin-Forrest & Wright)

        Feb. 5-7, Ann Arbor Feb. 14, Ionia Feb. 21, Big Rapids

1988 SHOWBOAT (Kern-Hammerstein)

        Feb. 18-20, Ann Arbor Feb. 27, Toledo

1989 A NIGHT IN VENICE* (Strauss-Petiet)

        Feb. 9-11, Ann Arbor Feb. 18, Toledo

1989 THE ELIXIR OF LOVE (Donizetti-R&T Martin)

        May 3-7, Ann Arbor

1990 DIE FLEDERMAUS* (Strauss-Morningstar/Swain)

        Feb. 22-24, Ann Arbor Mar. 2, Battle Creek

1990 CHAPTER & WORSE* (Petiet)

        Nov. 28-Dec. 9, Ann Arbor

 

1991 IRVING BERLIN SONGBOOK-Revue

        BA-TA-CLAN * (Offenbach-Orenstein)

        Sep. 19-22, Ann Arbor

1991 BABES IN TOYLAND* (Herbert-Petiet)

        Nov. 22-Dec. 7, Ann Arbor

1992 THE MAGIC FLUTE* (Mozart-Petiet)

        Nov. 20-28, Ann Arbor

1993 THEATRE MUSICK OF MERRY ENGLAND

        Apr. 24, Ann Arbor

1993 ROBINSON CRUSOE* (Offenbach-Petiet)

        Nov. 19-27, Ann Arbor

1994 YOUR HIT PARADE-Concert

        Apr. 23, 30, Ann Arbor

1995 THE FLEDERMAUS* (Strauss-Morningstar/Swain)

    Feb. 3-4, 10-11, Ann Arbor

1995 YOUR HIT PARADE-Concert

Sep. 16, Ann Arbor Sep. 30, Ypsilanti Oct. 21, Ann Arbor

1996 STRICTLY VAUDEVILLE*

        May 10-12, Ann Arbor

1997 MERRY WIDOW* (Lehar-Morningstar)

        Feb. 14, South Lyon Feb. 22, Ann Arbor Apr. 5-6, Alma

1997 SILVER SOIREE-Concert

        Oct. 18, Ann Arbor

1998 ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD* (Offenbach-Petiet)

        Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, Ann Arbor

1998 BEL CANTO TO BROADWAY-Concert

        Nov. 20-21, Ann Arbor

1999 KISMET (Borodin-Forrest & Wright)

        Feb. 25-28, Ann Arbor

2000 CARMEN (Bizet, lyric trans. Irwin, dial. trans. Petiet)

    Feb. 24-27, Ann Arbor

2001 EL CAPITAN (Sousa-Lyric Int. Version)

        Feb. 22-25, Ann Arbor

2002 THE MAGIC FLUTE* (Mozart-Petiet)

        Feb. 9, Chelsea Feb. 16,17, Alma Mar. 7-9, Ann Arbor May 18, Manistee

2002 PARIS GOES PLATINUM-Concert

        Sept. 21, Ann Arbor

2003 THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

    February 13-16, Ann Arbor March 15, South Haven April 5, Chelsea

2003 FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN-Porter

        May 30-31, Ann Arbor

2003 SING FOR YOUR SUPPER-Concert

        August 10, Ann Arbor

2003 LEAVE IT TO JANE- Kern

        Oct. 10,11,12, Ann Arbor

2004 THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT* - Rossini

        January 24-24, Ann Arbor

2004 DIE FLEDERMAUS*- Strauss

        April 15-18, Ann Arbor

2004 VICTOR HERBERT FESTIVAL I-Herbert June 1-13, 18-20, Ann Arbor

        Mademoiselle Modiste

        The Princess Pat

        The Only Girl

        When Sweet Sixteen

        The Red Mill

        Sweethearts

2004 BABES IN TOYLAND* (Herbert-Petiet)

        Nov. 20-21Ann Arbor Dec. 18, Dexter

2005 JEROME KERN FESTIVAL I June 10-12, 17-19, Ann Arbor

        Have a Heart

        Very Good, Eddie

        The Cabaret Girl

        Oh, Boy!

        Oh, Lady! Lady!!

        Sally

2005 VICTOR HERBERT FESTIVAL II-Herbert July 29-31, Aug. 5-7, Ann Arbor

        The Singing Girl

        Orange Blossoms

        The Enchantress

        Babette

        Little Nemo

        It Happened in Nordland

2005 Sally-Kern Aug. 27, Village Theater, Canton

        Orange Blossoms- Herbert Aug. 28, Village Theater, Canton

2006 VICTOR HERBERT FESTIVAL III-Herbert May 5-7, Ann Arbor

        The Idol's Eye

        Dream City and the Magic Knight

        The Prima Donna

2007 PIRATES OF PENZANCE

        Feb. 15-17 Village Theater, Canton

2007 VICTOR HERBERT FESTIVAL IV-Herbert May 4-6, Madonna Univ., Livonia

        The Madcap Duchess

        Dolly Dollars

        The Viceroy

2007 VICTOR HERBERT FESTIVAL V-Herbert June 30-July 1, Madonna Univ., Livonia

        Her Regiment

        Mlle. Rosita

2008 THE FORTUNE TELLER – Victor Herbert

        Feb. 8,9 Village Theater, Canton

 

2009 ORANGE BLOSSOMS – Victor Herbert

        April 3,4 Village Theater, Canton

 

2009 KATINKA – Rudolf Friml

        November 5,7 Vitosha Haus, Ann Arbor

 

2009 THE CHARLATAN– John Phillip Sousa

        November 6,8 Vitosha Haus, Ann Arbor

 

2009 THE AMEER – Victor Herbert

        November 22, St. Mary Magdalen, Hazel Park

 

2010 SALLY – Jerome Kern

        April 8-11, Village Theater, Canton

 

2010 THE ROSE OF CASTILE — Michael William Balfe

        November 3 & 5, Northside Community Church

 

2010 CHRIS AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP — John Philip Sousa

        November 6, Northside Community Church

 

2011 THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN – Jacques Offenbach

        February 24-26, Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Ann Arbor

        April 2-3. The Village Theater, Canton

 

2011 THE PRINCE OF PILSEN – Gustav Luders

        November 10 & 12, Vitosha Haus, Ann Arbor

 

2011 THE GIRL FROM UTAH – Paul Rubens, Sidney Jones, Jerome Kern

        November 11 & 13, Vitosha Haus, Ann Arbor

Address: 
P.O Box 1922
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States