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“big, bold, and impressive…a stunning interpretation”


2019-2020 Season

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Cosi fan tutte

W.A. Mozart

October 18 & 20, 2019

Fidelity is put to the test in Mozart’s delightful comedic opera Cosi fan tutte (Women are like that). Will Ferrando and Guglielmo test the bonds of love? Will their fiancés Dorabella and Fiordiligi see through the ruse? Are Don Alfonso and Despina helping or hindering the young lovers’? In this effervescent tale of mistaken identities, hilarious disguises, and the angst of young love, will true love win or will it come crashing down?

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Leonard Bernstein

February 7 & 9, 2020

A sparkling adaptation of Voltaire’s satirical novella, Candide melds European operetta, musicals, Latin American dance rhythms, and everything in between into its own eclectic style. Young Candide’s tutor believes everything happens for the best. Through war, plague, earthquake, shipwreck, and the Spanish Inquisition, Candide tries to hold onto this optimism. Will he become disillusioned or will he find the best of all possible worlds?

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Giacomo Puccini

May 1 & 3, 2020

Amidst a backdrop of intense political unrest, all of Rome is under control of the corrupt police chief Scarpia. When he becomes obsessed with the fiery diva Tosca, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred—art, freedom, and love—in an attempt to free her lover and save herself. Experience the heartbreak, drama, and intrigue of Puccini’s timeless masterpiece and enjoy its beloved music. Will love prevail? And at what cost?


2019-2020 Special Events

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Opening Night Gala at The Fitz

October 18, 2019

Don your pearls, dust off your spats, and brush up on the Charleston to celebrate Opening Night with us at The Fitz speakeasy with a fabulous 1920s-themed party! Tickets are $125 and include dinner and the opera (if you already have tickets to Cosi fan tutte, you can purchase a special dinner-only ticket for just $75). Tables of 10 are $1000, underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are also available.


Purchase Tickets Today!

Call 315-475-5915 to purchase or renew your season subscription.

Don’t miss a moment. Subscribe today to enjoy all three operas—Cosi fan tutte, Candide, and Tosca. Single tickets will go onsale at in August. The three operas are performed at the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center.


Call 315-475-5915 today to renew or purchase season subscriptions.

Opening Night Gala tickets are on-sale now

  • $125 per person-includes dinner, dancing, champagne, and Cosi fan tutte performance

  • $1000 for a table of 10

  • Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available



Intimate profiles about the artists by the artists



Dear friends of Syracuse opera, you might remember me from Macbeth last year where I sang Lady Macbeth. I started singing very young and at times have felt maybe too young. By the time I was 15 I was already singing operas on stage and at 21, I sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for the first time as a winner of the National Council Auditions and made my debut there at 23. Honestly I don't remember a time that I wasn't an opera singer. When I was 24, I received my first international big break by being cast to sing the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the prestigious festival of Aix en Provence in France. I was so excited and nervous about singing this part for the first time especially since everyone made a huge deal about debuting a role of this magnitude at my age. I turned 25 on that stage. The experience really influenced me as a performer and introduced me to some very unexpected realities that forced me to make strong choices about the type of artist I wanted to be and what I was willing to do to get there. This world can be very political and harsh but it made me want to excel by pushing boundaries and embracing my uniqueness.
I went on to sing the role of Fiordiligi many more times, the role becoming central to my repertoire and a huge part of my life. I always enjoyed the character and the ways she could be interpreted in various time periods and settings. I feel connected to her by time and experience like a childhood friend, watching her mature along with me.
A couple of years ago when Christian said "let's move to Syracuse", I felt like we would have a chance to live and grow in an amazing community and make new friends, start new things. And we did! I have many hobbies and many passions. I finally got that little garden I had been dreaming of for so many years and that house that I am making my own. The kitchen where I love to cook and bake is where everyone hangs about...friends ,family,colleagues!
I am a crafter, I love to knit, paint and build things. Every day is driven by a creative impulse of one kind or another. I was going to start ceramics this fall, but I rescued some 3 week old kittens which we are fostering to hopefully adopt, so.... lets just say there are only 24 hours in a day!!!!
I am a bit of a house cat mama myself! I have a beautiful son I adore and I want to spend as much time as possible with because he is 7 going on 17 already. The winters are long here in Syracuse but I look forward to the soft quiet of that first day of snow and the chimney fire where I can roast chestnuts or all matters of vegetables!
So now Syracuse is my home. I love my new friends and neighbors, my lovely farmers at the farmers market, my little routines. I made Syracuse Opera my home too and love to sing there with my husband Christian Capocaccia conducting in the pit. We just love working together, we run everything by each other and even the loading of the dishwasher is a thoroughly examined thing.
This year when the season was decided I was asked about Tosca, the role will be new to me and I always wanted to check it off the list so I was overjoyed . Then Fiordiligi came up and I got very emotional. I realize it's time to retire the role so am happy to have the chance to say goodbye to her properly and consciously. We decided it was appropriate in the midst of so many beginnings to hug a good friend one last time. I know I will ugly cry at the curtain calls. I hope you will be part of this emotional farewell to a magnificent lady, clothed in the most sumptuous music Mozart could have given her.

Until then... Lex

Recent Press Highlights

Syracuse audiences are falling in love with the graceful, precise conducting of Christian Capocaccia.
Dramatically forceful and robustly performed, Syracuse Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” carries the weight of centuries filled with greed and gore.
Everything. That’s what audience members expect from opera, and that’s exactly what they get in Syracuse Opera’s triumphant production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata”.
Syracuse Opera’s captivating production of ‘Madama Butterfly’ completes a brilliant season.

Glorious voices. Beautiful staging. Compelling stories. An unforgettable experience.


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Our Team


Christian Capocaccia

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor

Recognized as an “energetic” performer by The New York Times, Italian conductor Christian Capocaccia has distinguished himself as an artist of keen insight and musicianship. His ease on the podium and comfortable coaching style with musicians and singers have made him a favorite with orchestras, opera companies, and vocalists.

Lisa Smith

Executive Director


Mainstage Auditions

Syracuse Opera holds auditions periodically throughout the year in New York City and Syracuse.  Singers and/or their managers should submit materials for consideration. Please include resume, bio, photo, and any supporting materials.  Managed singers are given priority; singers without representation are highly encouraged to submit media examples of their work.

Chorus Auditions

Syracuse Opera Chorus auditions are held Syracuse in the Fall and the Spring of each year.  We believe great opera choristers come from a variety of vocal performance backgrounds. In addition to seeking operatically trained voices, we welcome musical theater and sacred music performers. Singers should submit a short musical resume which includes performance history and any formal vocal or dramatic training, academic or private.

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Board of Directors


Casey Johnson


Wendy Neikirk Rhodes

Vice President

Carole Brzozowski

Board Development

Mark Ciarelli




Melanie Brunet Relyea

Mark Ciarelli

Michael Connor

Denise Dyce

Karin Falcone

Ronald Ferguson

Richard Jaeger

Barb Stone (ex officio Secretary)

Camille Tisdel

Aria Society


Further a legacy and enable the future!

A vibrant community of people who love opera,, the Aria Society is dedicated to providing support and resources for Syracuse Opera, nurturing talented young singers, and engaging our community with the beauty and wonder of opera.

Single Membership is $40

Couple membership is $60

As a member of the Aria Society, you will be invited to attend:

  • The Aria Society’s Annual Tea which takes place in a private home in Syracuse or the nearby suburbs.

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring Luncheons where you will hear presentations by musical artists and speakers who know and love opera.

  • Chanson de la Saison, a gala holiday event with seasonal music performed by members of the Syracuse Opera Chorus.

  • A trip to an opera performance at the Metropolitan Opera or another leading opera house in the Northeast.

For more information or inquire regarding membership, call 315-475-5915.


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There are two basic types of planned giving arrangements. Life Income Gifts allow you to make a gift immediately and receive income from the donation during your lifetime. Testamentary gifts, or bequests, allow you to transfer assets to Syracuse Opera when you are no longer in our audience.

Life Income Gifts, such as a charitable remainder trust, allow charitable gifts while the donor is living and can provide income until, upon death, the trust assets are distributed to Syracuse Opera. Trusts are individually managed portfolios created to meet your financial goals.

Bequests are the most common form of planned gifts, where Syracuse Opera is named as a beneficiary in your will or living trust. You can give a percentage of your estate, a specific sum of money, or name Syracuse Opera as a contingent beneficiary. Your estate will gain the financial benefit of claiming a charitable deduction for the bequest. Each option offers particular advantages, and should be discussed with your estate attorney and/or financial advisor. If you are interested in learning more about planned giving opportunities, please contact Syracuse Opera at (315) 475-5915 or e-mail us at