ContempOpera Cleveland Hosted by Cleveland Public Theatre Presents :

Location: Holy Rosary Church

                    12021 Mayfield Road

                    Cleveland, OH



Mary Chesnut

Hiram College

Hayden Auditorium

11715 Garfield Rd.

Hiram, OH 44234



Location: Holy Rosary Church
12021 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

 Upcoming Events  

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00pm

ContempOpera Cleveland’s series of performances showcasing today’s composers from around the world!


Featured Artists:

Andrea Anelli
Elizabeth Frey
Rebecca Freshwater

Brian Keith Johnson

Lorenzo Salvagni
Brian Skoog


ContempOpera Cleveland's free concerts presented throughout Northeast Ohio

 Location: Cleveland Public Theatre in the Gordon Square Theatre

 Tickets: $15 General Admission

Pop Opera:

Is it opera? Is it musical theater?  Is it classical?  Is it pop?  You be the judge at this entertaining concert of  contemporary "crossover" pieces featuring some of Cleveland's top opera and theater performing artists:

  • Trinidad Snider
  • Rebecca Freshwater
  • Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski
  • Andrea Anelli
  • Timothy Culver
  • Derrick Winger
  • Brian Keith Johnson
  • Pianist: Bryan Bird

Concert presented as part of Tremont's "Arts in August"Series.

Location: Lincoln Park at W.14th and Starkweather in Tremont


Canti per Maria: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland’s Historic “Little Italy”

An entertaining cabaret style performance featuring vocalists Rebecca Freshwater, Marla Berg, Denise Milner Howell and pianist Marge Adler, hosted by Andrea Anelli showcasing work by Gian Carlo Menotti, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and others, as well as a sneak preview from “Dorian Gray”, by NYC composer Darryl Curry, whose work will be among those featured in ContempOpera Cleveland’s “Incubator Series” beginning Spring 2017.

The one-act opera, Mary Chesnut, tells the true life story of one woman's journey through one of the most traumatic events in American history, "the war between the states", providing a rare glimpse into a personal experience of the horror of war from a woman's perspective.  Honest and transparent in his approach, composer Steven Mark Kohn allows Mary to tell her own story, and the audience to form their own judgements, as witnesses of her transformation. 

Friday, April 27th

7:00 p.m

My Lord, What a Mornin'!: The Legacy of the Negro Spiritual

ContempOpera Cleveland’s series of performances showcasing today’s composers from around the world!

Incubator Series #2

Also featuring Steven Mark Kohn's Folk Song Settings 

Directed by Marla Berg


Brian Keith Johnson, Baritone

Lorenzo Salvagni, Pianist

Andrea Anelli, Soprano

Featured Composers:

Friday, June 15 at 7:00pm and Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 3:00pm

Past Events

3:00pm: film: When I Rise
4:30pm: Concert

The Ladies Who L(A)unch

"Join ContempOpera Cleveland for an inspiring afternoon at Christ Episcopal Church.  At 3:00pm attend a viewing of the award winning documentary film, "When I Rise", about a gifted music student who rises above racial discrimination to become an international opera star. At 4:30pm, ContempOpera Cleveland performs a concert of Spirituals, celebrating and honoring their beauty, significance and relevance to our contemporary society.

Enjoy a meditative and moving medley of music by contemporary and traditional composers:

Cleveland Composers’ Guild Members:

  • Stephen Griebling
  • Jeffrey Quick
  • Ryan Charles Ramer
  • Lorenzo Salvagni
  • Stephen Stanziano

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Pietro Mascagni

           and others!

Featuring the Holy Rosary Choir with soprano soloist Tina Beltavski and Music Director and pianist, Lorenzo Salvagni


Andrea Anelli, soprano, Director of ContempOpera Cleveland

Concert performed in collaboration with the Holy Rosary Church Concert Series, Lorenzo Salvagni, Director

Featured Artists:

Sunday, August 13th

2:00 p.m

Hosted by Cleveland Public Theatre

6415 Detroit Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44102

Tickets: $30 General Admission
CPT Box Office by phone at (216) 631-2727 x 501

or online at

Time Passages:  A Musical Journey Through the History of Opera

A concert featuring songs, arias and art songs from the 17th-21st century.  Join soprano Andrea Anelli and ContempOpera Cleveland artists for an afternoon of beautiful and evocative musical selections from operatic and vocal repertoire spanning five centuries.  This entertaining performance will feature the work of diverse composers beginning with the 17th century Jean Baptiste Lully and traveling through the work of W.A Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Franz Lehar, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many others.

Location:  Lakewood Public Library
                    15425 Detroit Ave.
                    Lakewood, OH

This premiere concert will feature composers:

Based on “A Diary from Dixie” by Mary Chesnut

Composed by Steven Mark Kohn


Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Friday, May 17th, 2019 

7:00 p.m

Concert presented as part of Tremont's "Arts in August " Series.

Location: Lincoln Park at W. 14th and Starkweather in Tremont.


August 24th, 2018

7:00 p.m

Reception: Please join the composer, director and performing artists at a reception following the performance to share your reflections on your experience of this powerful work of music theater and history.

 June 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

The perfect excuse for a night out in Cleveland’s historic “Little Italy” neighborhood!  Enjoy an entertaining, inspiring performance of diverse, accessible works by this season’s gifted featured composers, including selections from, “Riders of the Purple Sage”, by Craig Bohmler and librettist, Steven Mark Kohn, which received its celebrated world premiere at Arizona Opera in 2017.

ContempOpera Cleveland presents PopOpera:

Is it opera? Is it musical theater? Is it classical? Is it pop? You be the judge at this entertaining annual concert of contemporary, crowd-pleasing "crossover" pieces featuring some of Cleveland's finest performing artists!

Join us for a reception following the performance. We would love to hear your thoughts on what you experienced!


Hosted by Cleveland Public Theatre

 6415 Detroit Ave. Cleveland,OH 44102

Tickets: Adults $20, Students and Seniors $17 or call  216.631.2727 x501

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The concert features Andrea Anelli, soprano, Brian Keith Johnson, baritone, Jeanette Davis, pianist and the work of legendary composer/arrangers Hall Johnson, Harry.T. Burleigh, William L. Dawson,  Edward Boatner, William Grant Still, as well as contemporary composer/arrangers Moses Hogan, Joseph Joubert and Darryl Curry.

Opera (R)Evolution

Take a journey through operatic history and experience the enduring beauty of this ageless art form. Featuring repertoire spanning five centuries including a sneak peak into Dawn Sonntag'slatest opera; Coal Creek. 

Andrea Anelli  soprano
Rebecca Freshwater  soprano
Elizabeth Frey  mezzo-soprano
Brian Keith Johnson  baritone
Lorenzo Salvagni  pianist
Brian Skoog  tenor
Frank Ward   bass-baritone

Friday, August 25