Cincinnati Opera Kicks Off its 2022 Summer Festival with Free Community Events on June 12

Opera for All
A lively open house at Music Hall with stage tours, costume displays, stagecraft demonstrations, and more

Opera in the Park
A concert of opera and musical theater favorites at Washington Park performed by stars from Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Photo of Cincinnati Opera's Opera in the Park Conert

Opera in the Park / Photo by Philip Groshong

CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Opera celebrates the kickoff of its 2022 Summer Festival with two free community events on Sunday, June 12.

First up is Opera for All, a lively open house at Music Hall (4–6 p.m.). Guests of all ages are invited to explore the historic venue and enjoy stage tours, costume displays, stagecraft demonstrations, strolling entertainment, and hands-on activities.

That evening, Cincinnati Opera will present Opera in the Park (7:30 p.m.), a free concert in Washington Park featuring a selection of opera and musical theater favorites performed by star singers from Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Guests who arrive early can also enjoy a free performance in Washington Park by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute (6 p.m.).

Admission to both Opera for All and Opera in the Park is free and open to the public. Visit cincinnatiopera.org for more information.

Opera for All

When: Sunday, June 12, 2022, 4–6 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati Opera presents Opera for All, a free open house at historic Music Hall. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy stage tours, costume displays, stagecraft demonstrations, strolling entertainment, and hands-on activities. Food trucks and ice cream courtesy of Graeter’s will also be on hand.

Admission: Free. For information, visit cincinnatiopera.org/opera-for-all or call 513-241-2742.

Opera in the Park

When: Sunday, June 12, 2022; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Park, a free concert of opera and musical theater favorites in Washington Park.

Featured singers include cast members from the company’s upcoming productions of La Bohème (June 18, 23, 25) and The Pirates of Penzance (July 7, 8, 10): sopranos Talise Trevigne, Raven McMillon, Marlen Nahhas, and Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Jasmin White, tenors Ji-Min Park and Houston Tyrell, baritones Thomas Dreeze, Rodion Pogossov, and Ethan Vincent, bass-baritone André Courville, and bass Zachary James.

Also featured are the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, led by Chorus Master Henri Venanzi, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute. Conductors David Agler and Stephen Mulligan will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will emcee.

Just before Opera in the Park, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Brass Institute will perform in Washington Park beginning at 6 p.m., presenting music spanning the Renaissance through the modern era.

Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the performance. Concessions and food trucks will be available in and around Washington Park throughout the evening.

Admission: Free. Guests are encouraged to register in advance for weather alerts and event updates. All registered attendees will also be entered in a drawing to win a prize package featuring Cincinnati Opera season tickets for two, valued at $580. To register, visit cincinnatiopera.org/opera-park-2022.

Opera in the Park is a part of the DBL Law OTR Performs series in Washington Park. Sponsored by DBL Law, GBBN Architects, and First Financial Bank, produced by 3CDC.

Looking ahead:

Cincinnati Opera 2022 Summer Festival
Season Schedule

La Bohème
By Giacomo Puccini
June 18, 23 & 25, 2022
Music Hall

Fierce (world premiere)
By William Menefield and Sheila Williams
July 6, 9 & 10, 2022
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

The Pirates of Penzance
By Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
July 7, 8 & 10, 2022
Music Hall

Castor and Patience (world premiere)
By Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith
July 21, 23, 24, 28 & 30, 2022
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Aida
By Giuseppe Verdi
July 22, 26, 29 & 31, 2022
Music Hall

Special concert event!
Morris and Friends
July 27, 2022
Music Hall

Visit cincinnatiopera.org for complete season details.

About Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer and engaging programs throughout the year. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative artists.

Season Presenting Sponsor of the 2022 Summer Festival is Huntington. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives season support from the Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Opera for All and Opera in the Park are made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave. Opera in the Park Sponsor is Western & Southern Financial Group. Media Partners are 91.7 WVXU and 90.9 WGUC. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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