Announcing Our 2020 2021 Season!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 situation, this season will be performed in 2021. Learn more.

Finger Lakes Opera (FLO) is thrilled to announce its lineup of programs for the 2021 season. Highlighting the summer productions will be Rossini’s comedic masterpiece The Barber of Seville, featuring internationally renowned baritone Jonathan Michie as the jack-of-all trades Figaro, 2018 Metropolitan Opera Council Award Winner Carlos Enrique Santelli as the master of disguise Count Almaviva, and third year Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Resident Taylor Raven as the beautiful Rosina. The Barber of Seville is scheduled for Friday, August 6, and Sunday, August 8. FLO’s season also includes the delightful children’s opera Pinocchio and Opera HITS!, both of which will feature the Tomita Young Artists.

FLO’s 2021 season will begin July 18 with a program featuring the Tomita Young Artists as they present Summer Scenes. This will be the first opportunity for audiences to hear the remarkable talents of all twelve artists. Selected from a field of nearly 300 applicants, the ten singers and two collaborative accompanists each will perform in at least one, some several, scenes put together by Artistic Director Gerard Floriano. This intimate event provides an opportunity for the audience to mingle with the young singers and accompanists before and after the performance. Wine and appetizers will be served.

On July 31, FLO will again showcase some of the Tomita Young Artists in John Davies’s Pinocchio, the classic tale that emphasizes the importance of telling the truth through the eyes of a mischievous puppet, his father, a conniving wolf, and his crafty feline sidekick. While geared to children ages 3-12, this production, which features music from Mozart, Offenbach, and more, will delight audiences of all ages. FLO is thrilled to be able to present Pinocchio in Canandaigua in the summer and in Rochester before Thanksgiving. Also, on August 1, FLO will present Opera HITS!, the program that highlights the special talents of the Tomita Young Artists as they sing solos, duets, and more, accompanied by the Finger Lakes Opera Orchestra.

FLO will close out its summer season with two performances of the opera many have said delivers the perfect comedic punch: The Barber of Seville. Set in 17th century Spain, this story shows the lengths one will go to win another’s heart. With help from the clever Figaro, Count Almaviva weaves his way into Rosina’s heart all while audiences are treated to some of the most popular arias delivered in dazzling, coloratura fashion.

Stay tuned for 2021 times, dates, and ticket prices. And - for a special treat - enjoy a message from FLO’s Artistic Director, Gerard Floriano:

Summer Scenes

Sunday, July 18, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

This will be the first opportunity for audiences to hear the Tomita Young Artists* in action. Selected from a field of almost 300, these remarkably talented singers (10) and accompanists (2) will perform their scenes under the direction of FLO Artistic Director Gerard Floriano. FLO is finalizing the venue for this performance, which will be held in downtown Rochester. Wine and appetizers included in the price. * Note, the individual Tomita Young Artists are subject to change in 2021.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 @ 12:00 AM

Coming this December

(date TBD)

A unique presentation of Pinocchio with marionette puppets featuring the 2020 Tomita Young Artists.

Opera HITS!

Sunday, August 1, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Accompanied by the FLO Orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director Gerard Floriano, this is the summer highlight performance for the Tomita Young Artists* who will be featured in solos, duets, quartets, and more, singing dazzling arias and show-stopping Broadway hits. * Note, the individual Tomita Young Artists are subject to change in 2021.

Barber of Seville

Friday, August 6, 2021 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Unwavering in his pursuit to win the heart of the lovely Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of the valiant Figaro to steal her away from her cantankerous guardian, Bartolo, who wants to marry her himself. The Barber Figaro initiates a series of merry mix-ups and delicious double-crossings to ensure that true love triumphs after all!

Opera Goes Digital

Saturday, August 15, 2020 @ 7:16 PM


Summer Scenes will debut TOMORROW - Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.

Finger Lakes Opera is excited to announce its summer line-up of online offerings. Our inaugural episode of Artistic Director Gerard Floriano’s video podcast series (that reflects on one of his favorite historical operatic recordings) can be accessed by clicking on the link above.
From June through early August, Finger Lakes Opera will bring you performances by the Tomita Young Artists and select mainstage performers. Maestro Floriano will do this with the help of Stage Director Todd Rhoades, who is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher with over 20 years of experience. As is true with all the artists working with Finger Lakes Opera this summer, Rhoades will be working remotely along with the Tomita Young Artists and mainstage performers who are currently located across the United States.
This is new terrain for Finger Lakes Opera, and we are excited to be exploring it with you – our supporters. The first offering comes via the Omni Arts Foundation. This group has put together a three concert series, the first of which airs Saturday, May 23 at 4 pm. Finger Lakes Opera is happy to cross promote this series because in each of the three concerts, singers will be featured that have ties to our company. On the 23rd, audiences will get the first glimpse of Tomita Young Artist Sydney Anderson.
Stay tuned for future concert links, announcements, video podcasts, and more!

Please note that as FLO pursues this new format of presentation, dates for the recorded performances may vary due to factors outside our control.
May 21: Video Podcast 1
May 23: Omni concert #1 (featuring one of FLO’s 2020 Tomita Young Artists, Sydney Anderson)*
May 26-29: Young Artist personal videos unveiled
June 6: Omni concert #2 (featuring Cree Carrico, who sang Adele in FLO’s Die Fledermaus)*
June 19: Video Podcast 2 featuring Artistic Director Gerard Floriano
June 26 & 27: 1st performance featuring 2020 Tomita Young Artists
July 10: Collaborative recital featuring Taylor Raven
July 31: Video Podcast 3
August 15: Virtual Scenes featuring 2020 Tomita Young Artists
August 21: 2nd performance featuring 2020 Tomita Young Artists – Online HITS!
Mid September: Video Podcast 4
*not a FLO event but rather something FLO is cross promoting because it includes current or past FLO artists