Toledo, OH, January 25, 2024: Toledo Opera and The Toledo Spirits Company will host the pop-up event, “Get into the Spirit of Opera,” on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at The Toledo Spirits Company, 1301 North Summit Street, Toledo, OH 43604.

To celebrate the upcoming performance of Romeo & Juliet, the evening will feature three signature cocktails, crafted by The Toledo Spirits Company, a performance by members of the Romeo & Juliet cast, and a drawing for two tickets to opening night of Romeo & Juliet on Friday, February 16, 2024 and a $75 gift certificate for Toledo Spirits/Bellwether.

“Toledo Opera is excited to be producing this iconic opera for the first time in nearly a decade! We are especially happy to be celebrating this timeless story with our friends at Toledo Spirits – whose continued partnership is greatly appreciated. Join us for a drink; there is nothing like camaraderie to lift the spirits of a community” shared Suzanne Rorick, executive director, Toledo Opera.

“We are excited to see the return of Toledo Opera, and we are just as excited to be able to experience their world class talent along with outstanding cocktails here at our cocktail bar Bellwether” added Andrew Newby, CEO Toledo Spirits.

More about Romeo & Juliet: The world’s most celebrated love story finds new dimension in Charles Gounod’s classic retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.  Set in 15th century Verona, the deep and rapturous love between Romeo and Juliet rivals the longstanding feud between their families – the Montagues and the Capulets. Will these star-crossed lovers be able to endure their feuding kin or succumb to tragedy? From tender intimacy to ecstatic grandeur, Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s eternal drama comes to life in a cinematic-inspired production. Gounod’s lush, romantic opera will explore the fragility of innocence and youth in the face of political turmoil. Real life couple – and Toledo Opera audience favorites – Zach Borichevsky and Kathryn Lewek star as Romeo and Juliet. Maestro Adam Turner returns to Toledo to conduct as director James Mitchell brings this timeless tragedy to life. Sung in French with English Supertitles.

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Toledo Opera will perform Romeo & Juliet at the Valentine Theatre on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. To learn more about Romeo & Juliet cast and production team and to buy tickets, visit: Romeo & Juliet is made possible by the Elizabeth T. Wolfe Family charitable Foundation. For media access, please contact Rachael Cammarn at