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Cincinnati Opera Announces Reimagined 2021 Summer Festival

CO_Summer at Summit StageSUMMER AT SUMMIT

The company’s return to live performance will move outdoors to Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio 

The festival features three productions in repertory this July—CARMEN, TOSCA and THE BARBER OF SEVILLE—to be presented without intermission in specially tailored, ninety-minute versions 

Each production will be headlined by world-class artists, including J’Nai Bridges, Janai Brugger, Rihab Chaieb, Ana María Martínez, Aaron Blake, Stephen Costello, Quinn Kelsey, Chris Kenney, Christian Pursell, Reginald Smith Jr., Morris Robinson, Russell Thomas, and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus 

Conductors Xian Zhang, Renato Balsadonna, and Ramón Tebar will lead the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Cincinnati, Ohio—Fifty years after Cincinnati Opera presented its final open-air season at its first performance home, the Cincinnati Zoo, the company returns to the outdoors for its reimagined 2021 Summer Festival, Summer at Summit. The season will take place July 11-31 at Summit Park, located in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio, and will feature internationally renowned artists, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Cincinnati Opera’s 100th anniversary season in summer 2020. In September, the company announced plans to return to live performance in summer 2021 at its traditional venues, Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend social distancing as a best practice to stem the virus’s spread, and Ohio’s state mandates continue to limit capacity at indoor performance venues. In the interest of audience, artist, and staff safety, the company has opted to transition to an all-outdoor season for its 2021 Summer Festival.

Summit Park was selected as the ideal performance site given its ability to host large-scale stage productions and its capacity to accommodate a significant, socially distanced audience. Additionally, Summit Park offers a central location and an abundance of public amenities, such as parking and nearby restaurants. During Cincinnati Opera performances, audience members will be able to sit together in socially distanced “pods” designated on Summit Park’s Great Lawn, and performances will be presented from an expansive stage constructed at the base of the park’s signature Observation Tower.

Cincinnati Opera’s Summer at Summit includes three beloved operas previously announced as part of the company’s 2021 season—CarmenTosca, and The Barber of Seville. Each opera will be presented without intermission in a reduced, ninety-minute version that will be partially staged with costumes, theatrical hair and makeup, and lighting. Opera in the Park, Cincinnati Opera’s season-opening celebration concert, also moves to Summit Park and will kick off the 2021 Summer Festival.

“Music Hall will always be our home, but we are fortunate to have found a gorgeous new venue in Summit Park for our return to the live stage,” said Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera. “Audience members can be assured that our Summer at Summit will have all of the hallmarks they’ve come to love about Cincinnati Opera—glorious singing, inspiring storytelling, and the chance to be swept away by the magic of live performance.”

“The promise of experiencing live singing again in the company of an enthusiastic, in-person audience is the dream that has carried us through this last year,” said Christopher Milligan, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO of Cincinnati Opera. “We’re grateful to the City of Blue Ash for their partnership as we’ve worked together to envision a one-of-a-kind opera-going experience for our community.”

“The City of Blue Ash is excited for this unique partnership with Cincinnati Opera,” said Blue Ash Mayor Marc Sirkin. “Summit Park is an outstanding outdoor venue that will grant attendees enough room to remain safely socially distanced. I’m thrilled that the Opera will be able to perform in the city, bringing a new type of entertainment to residents and visitors alike.”  

The previously announced world premieres of William Menefield and Sheila Williams’s Fierce and Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith’s Castor and Patience, originally planned for summer 2020 and rescheduled for summer 2021, have been postponed once more. Fierce is currently slated to receive its world premiere in fall 2021, and Castor and Patience will receive its world premiere in summer 2022.

“Given the intimate scale of both Fierce and Castor and Patience, their optimum performance environment is an indoor theater,” said Mirageas. “The stories that both operas tell are compelling and important for our time. We look forward to giving these new works the premieres they so richly deserve in the very near future.”

Tickets for Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival will start at $15. Current subscribers will be contacted in April with additional information about their ticket options. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 7. For additional information, including an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival
SUMMER AT SUMMIT

OPERA IN THE PARK

When & Where:
Sunday, July 11, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Summit Park

Cincinnati Opera celebrates the opening of Summer at Summit with Opera in the Park, a free, family-friendly outdoor concert. Opera in the Park will showcase favorite selections from opera and musical theater performed by stars from the 2021 Summer Festival, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


CARMEN
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Sung in French with projected translation

When & Where:

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 26, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.

Summit Park

The festival continues with the most popular opera of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Opera’s quintessential femme fatale, Carmen shows us she’s that and so much more—a fearless, flirtatious force of nature who refuses to answer to anyone but herself. Her confidence attracts the attention of Don José, whose passion turns to obsession, then spirals into madness. When José threatens Carmen with death should she refuse him, she chooses freedom over all. Featuring some of opera’s best-known melodies, from the sultry “Habanera” to the rousing “Toreador Song,” Carmen is an ageless ode to one woman’s fierce independence.

Mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, a “rising star” (Los Angeles Times) known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), makes her Cincinnati Opera debut as Carmen. Cincinnati Opera favorite tenor Stephen Costello, “a prodigiously gifted singer” (Associated Press), appears as Don José. Soprano Janai Brugger, who appeared most recently with Cincinnati Opera as Clara in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2019) and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (2019), brings her “opulent soprano voice” (Los Angeles Times) to the role of Micaëla. Bass-baritone Christian Pursell offers “power, precision, and congeniality” (Houston Chronicle) as the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Conductor Ramón Tebar, current music director of the Orquestra de Valencia (Spain) and artistic director of Opera Naples, leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and stage direction is by Omer Ben Seadia, recently hailed for her “imaginatively staged” (Cincinnati Business Courier) production of Cincinnati Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos (2019).

Cast:

  • Carmen: J’Nai Bridges
  • Don José: Stephen Costello
  • Micaëla: Janai Brugger
  • Escamillo: Christian Pursell
  • Zuniga: Burak Bilgili
  • El Remendado: Victor Ryan Robertson
  • El Dancaïro: Thomas Dreeze

Creative Team:

  • Conductor: Ramón Tebar
  • Stage director: Omer Ben Seadia
  • Lighting designer: Thomas C. Hase
  • Costume director: Rebecca Senske
  • Wig & makeup designer: James Geier
  • Sound designer: Jonathan Burke
  • Chorus master: Henri Venanzi

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus


TOSCA
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Sung in Italian with projected translation

When & Where:

  • Friday, July 23, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.

Summit Park

Cincinnati Opera will then present Giacomo Puccini’s glorious Tosca. In the city of Rome during a time of political turmoil, the tempestuous opera diva Floria Tosca is madly in love with the painter Mario Cavaradossi. When Tosca’s lover becomes entangled in a crime and is condemned to death, the lecherous police chief Scarpia insists only one thing can save him: Tosca herself. Tosca is a passionate melodrama suffused with political intrigue—a roller-coaster ride of love, power, and tragedy told through unforgettable music.

Grammy Award-winning soprano Ana María Martínez makes her Cincinnati Opera debut as Tosca, bringing a voice of “chocolate-rich vibrancy in the low and middle range and … thrilling brilliance at the top” (Opera News). Tenor Russell Thomas, hailed for his “heroically shining tone of exceptional clarity and precision” (Opera, U.K.), returns to Cincinnati Opera as Cavaradossi after last appearing with the company in 2016 (Florestan, Fidelio). In his company debut, the “superb” and “virile-voiced” (The New York Times) baritone Quinn Kelsey sings the role of Baron Scarpia. Conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Music Director Xian Zhang. Stage director is Jose Maria Condemi, director of opera and musical theater at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Cast:

  • Floria Tosca: Ana María Martínez
  • Mario Cavaradossi: Russell Thomas
  • Baron Scarpia: Quinn Kelsey
  • Cesare Angelotti: Michael Sumuel
  • Spoletta: Julius Ahn

Creative Team:

  • Conductor: Xian Zhang
  • Stage director: Jose Maria Condemi
  • Lighting designer: Thomas C. Hase
  • Costume director: Rebecca Senske
  • Wig & makeup designer: James Geier
  • Sound designer: Jonathan Burke
  • Chorus master: Henri Venanzi

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus


THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Sung in Italian with projected translation

When & Where:

  • Saturday, July 24, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 8:30 p.m.

Summit Park

Based on the play of the same name by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville introduces us to Figaro, the titular barber bursting with bravado. He’s enlisted by the lovelorn Count Almaviva to win the heart of the clever and comely Rosina. With whimsy, wit, and plenty of woo, The Barber of Seville reminds us that, as Beaumarchais once said, “Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.”

Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb brings “sheer dramatic charm and vocal clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle) to the role of Rosina, after last appearing with the company as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro (2019). Appearing as Almaviva is Cincinnati Opera favorite tenor Aaron Blake, whose voice was hailed by The New York Times as “endearing and sweet-sounding … with youthful fervor and stamina.” Making his company debut as Figaro is baritone Chris Kenney, a recent alum of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center Ensemble. Singing the role of Doctor Bartolo is baritone Reginald Smith Jr., who last appeared with Cincinnati Opera as Jake in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2019) and in the company’s recent digital Winter Festival production of Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View. Bass and Cincinnati Opera Artistic Advisor Morris Robinson, whose recent engagements with Cincinnati Opera include a star turn as Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2019), is Don Basilio. Acclaimed conductor Renato Balsadonna leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and stage director is Joshua R. Horowitz, making his company debut.

Cast:

  • Rosina: Rihab Chaieb
  • Count Almaviva: Aaron Blake
  • Figaro: Chris Kenney
  • Doctor Bartolo: Reginald Smith Jr.
  • Don Basilio: Morris Robinson
  • Berta: Wendy Hill

Creative Team:

  • Conductor: Renato Balsadonna
  • Stage director: Joshua R. Horowitz
  • Lighting designer: Thomas C. Hase
  • Costume director: Rebecca Senske
  • Wig & makeup designer: James Geier
  • Sound designer: Jonathan Burke
  • Chorus master: Henri Venanzi

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus


Tickets and Additional Information

Tickets to Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival start at $15. Current subscribers will be contacted in April with additional information about their ticket options. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 7. For additional information, including an extensive list of answers to frequently asked questions, visit cincinnatiopera.org.


About Summit Park
Summit Park, located in the center of Blue Ash, is a beautiful, 130-acre world-class park that provides exciting, year-round events, activities, and unique learning opportunities. Experience a breathtaking 360-degree view of the tristate in the free Observation Tower, explore the Naturescape playground, discover trails, catch a fish in the pond, take your furry friend to the dog park, and dine in one of four outstanding on-site restaurants. In the winter months, the park offers unique and affordable fun with ice skating and sledding. Summit Park is also an exceptional venue for national and regional entertainment, and it is the perfect site for your next gathering or event. 

To learn more, visit summitparkblueash.com.

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. 

Cincinnati Opera receives support from ArtsWave, 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 many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. 

To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera’s Opera Fusion: New Works Program Hosts Workshop for THE HOURS

CO_The HoursBy Kevin Puts and Greg Pierce, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra

A free, public livestream of performance excerpts can be viewed Monday, March 15, at cincinnatiopera.org

Cincinnati, Ohio—Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce the next workshop in their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works.

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati partners are hosting the first workshop for the new opera The Hours, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts (Cincinnati Opera’s Silent Night, 2014) and librettist Greg Pierce (Cincinnati Opera’s Fellow Travelers, 2016). During this workshop, Puts and Pierce collaborate in real time with artists to shape and refine this work-in-progress, which is commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Met will premiere the work in its 2022-23 season.

The Opera Fusion: New Works workshop for The Hours will culminate in a free, public livestream of performance excerpts on Monday, March 15, 2021, from 5–6 p.m., at cincinnatiopera.org. The livestream also will feature a conversation about the creation of the work with Puts, Pierce, and Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera and co-artistic director of Opera Fusion: New Works.

Opera Fusion: New Works is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About The Hours
The Hours is a new opera based on the book by Michael Cunningham and the Paramount Pictures film. It tells the story of three women whose lives have a literary connection: Clarissa is a New York City book editor in the early 2000s, whose best friend, Richard, a celebrated poet dying of AIDS, nicknames her Mrs. Dalloway, after the heroine of the Virginia Woolf novel. Woolf also appears as a central character—in suburban London in 1923—as she struggles to write Mrs. Dalloway while battling suicidal thoughts. A third character, Laura, is a housewife in 1949 Los Angeles wrestling with depression and seeking escape by reading Mrs. Dalloway. Their three stories are elegantly interwoven, as parallels and echoes in their lives shed light on the eternal search for meaning, fulfillment, and connection, particularly for women constrained by societal roles and their own complicated desires and expectations. 

About Opera Fusion: New Works
Opera Fusion: New Works is a partnership between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) dedicated to fostering the development of new American operas. This collaboration is jointly led by Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, and Robin Guarino, professor of opera at CCM. Opera Fusion: New Works offers composers and composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a residency in Cincinnati. Residencies use the facilities, personnel, and talent of both Cincinnati Opera and CCM. The workshops are cast with a combination of CCM students and professional artists, and each workshop concludes with a free, public presentation of excerpts followed by a Q&A session, all of which is streamed online. Since its founding in 2011, Opera Fusion: New Works has developed 18 new American operas, including Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers, Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great Scott, Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian, and Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. For more information, visit ofnw.org.

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.

Cincinnati Opera receives support from ArtsWave, 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 many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

About CCM Opera/Voice
Declared a top college vocal program by Backstage Magazine and described as ”one of the continent’s major music schools” by the Toronto Star, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Departments of Opera and Voice provide one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches, and directors in the United States. CCM offers an international faculty of dedicated educators who are also celebrated professionals in their own right, widely and currently active in their respective fields.

CCM sends its students out into the profession. Several national opera companies now hold auditions at the conservatory, and the Opera Department also hosts a series of informational talks by nationally renowned professionals working both in America and in Europe. CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and CCM graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including Cincinnati Opera, the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera (London), La Scala (Italy), and more. To learn more, visit ccm.uc.edu/opera.

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Cincinnati Opera’s First-Ever, All-Digital WINTER FESTIVAL Streaming Online in February and March

CO_Winter Festival logoWINTER FESTIVAL features three opera-inspired programs

Cincinnati, Ohio—Well known among opera fans as a summertime arts experience, Cincinnati Opera steps into winter with its first-ever, all-digital Winter Festival. Featuring three, free streamed programs premiering in February and March, Cincinnati Opera’s Winter Festival spotlights celebrated singers, actors, and instrumentalists in an eclectic variety of artistic genres.

“While we’ve eagerly anticipated the opportunity to return to live performance, we knew we couldn’t wait until summer to share opera again with our community,” said Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director. “We reached out to some of our favorite artists and partners and invited them to collaborate. What emerged are three exceptional programs that highlight the many ways opera can surprise, delight, and inspire.”

The Winter Festival opens on February 5 with Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View, created by and starring the ebullient soprano Angela Brown. Premiering next on February 19, Cincinnati Opera partners with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati to present a reading of Julian Mitchell’s play After Aida, inspired by the life of composer Giuseppe Verdi and starring Cincinnati favorite actor Bruce Cromer. The festival’s final program, premiering March 5, is Wanderlust, which showcases works by Debussy, Ravel, and more, and features performances by renowned soprano Talise Trevigne, the groundbreaking chamber ensemble concert:nova, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée on piano.

Each program will premiere for free on Cincinnati Opera’s website, cincinnatiopera.org, and will be available for on-demand streaming through March 21, 2021. Registration is required to access the free digital stream; visit cincinnatiopera.org to sign up, or call (513) 241-2742 for more information.

Cincinnati Opera’s
WINTER FESTIVAL

Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View
Created by Angela Brown

Premiering on cincinnatiopera.org on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Available to stream through March 21, 2021
Access is free, but registration is required—visit cincinnatiopera.org to register

Opera for everyone. International opera superstar Angela Brown adapts her popular show using humor, storytelling, and song to dispel common opera myths. With her signature wit and effervescent personality, Brown demystifies classic opera plotlines and celebrates the diversity of opera’s characters while tracing the beauty of its music through the stories and voices of Black singers. Performing a mix of showstopping arias, poignant art songs, and moving spirituals, Brown is joined for this program by mezzo-soprano Briana Hunter, tenor Jamez McCorkle, soprano Victoria Okafor, and baritone Reginald Smith, Jr., with Marie-France Lefebvre as pianist. This program is presented in partnership with Opera Birmingham.

After Aida
Written by Julian Mitchell
Directed by D. Lynn Meyers
Presented in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Premiering on cincinnatiopera.org on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Available to stream through March 21, 2021
Access is free, but registration is required—visit cincinnatiopera.org to register

Portrait of an artist. Following the triumphant reception of Aida, Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi retired to his country estate at the height of his fame and popularity. Yet his wife and friends remained convinced Verdi should write another new work and spent the next decade coaxing him into partnership with a talented young librettist. The result: the composer’s late-career masterpiece Otello, now considered one of the great Shakespearean-based operas. Inspired by this touching true story, Julian Mitchell’s acclaimed play is presented in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in a reading featuring several popular Cincinnati actors, led by Bruce Cromer as Verdi. The gripping, humorous, and loving tale integrates musical excerpts, providing a compelling peek behind opera’s curtain and a humanizing portrait of one of its great artists.

Wanderlust
Featuring works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Delage, Luciano Berio, and Maurice Ravel

Premiering on cincinnatiopera.org on Friday, March 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Available to stream through March 21, 2021
Access is free, but registration is required—visit cincinnatiopera.org to register.

Songs from afar. One of the many wonderful things about music is the way it allows us to travel the world without leaving the comfort of our homes. This special remote concert combines the talents of Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne (Cincinnati Opera’s Porgy and Bess, 2019), rising-star conductor William R. Langley, and the provocative chamber ensemble concert:nova to create an enchanting musical travelogue. Highlights of this globe-spanning program include Debussy’s popular Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, three stunning Debussy songs featuring Trevigne as vocalist and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Louis Langrée as pianist, and the Cincinnati premiere of a small ensemble orchestration of Ravel’s Eastern-flavored Shéhérazade. This program is also presented in partnership with IATSE Local 5.

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. 

Cincinnati Opera receives support from ArtsWave, 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 many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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CINCINNATI OPERA AT 100, A Televised Celebration of Cincinnati Opera’s First Century to Premiere on CET July 3

co_logoFeaturing performances from home by:

Nicole Cabell, soprano and
Craig Terry, piano

Jacqueline Echols, soprano,
Matthew White, tenor, and
Kevin Miller, piano

Stephen Costello, tenor and
Anthony Manoli, piano

Morris Robinson, bass and
Matthew Umphreys, piano

Members of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

And performances at iconic Cincinnati locations by:

Jennifer Cherest, soprano
and Henri Venanzi, piano

Joseph Lattanzi, baritone and
Marie-France Lefebvre, piano

CSO musicians Stefani Matsuo, concertmaster and
Michael Chertock, piano

Maria Miller, mezzo-soprano,
Cincinnati Ballet dancer Samantha Riester
with choreography by Oğulcan Borova,
and Carol Walker, piano

Victoria Okafor, soprano and
Henri Venanzi, piano

Rodion Pogossov, baritone and
Elena Kholodova, piano

Michael Preacely, baritone and
Marcellene Winfrey, piano

CINCINNATI, OH—June 25, 2020—Cincinnati Opera and CET have announced plans for Cincinnati Opera at 100, an hour-long televised program commemorating Cincinnati Opera’s centennial. Featuring insights from local and national opera experts and performances by artists from across the country, Cincinnati Opera at 100 will premiere on CET 48.1 on Friday, July 3 at 9 p.m. EST. Additional airings will follow on CET Arts 48.3 through Tuesday, July 7.

The nation’s second-oldest opera company, Cincinnati Opera presented its first performance on June 27, 1920, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and its annual Summer Festival has become a beloved Cincinnati arts-going tradition. Though the company’s 100th Anniversary Season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cincinnati Opera at 100 transports the opera-going experience into viewers’ homes, including performances by much-loved singers from recent Cincinnati Opera productions and historical highlights from opera experts. Performances take place from the artists’ homes as well as iconic locations throughout the city, including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Music Hall, and other surprise venues.

“In this extraordinary year, we’re honored to partner with CET to tell the story of this ‘opera company that could,’” said Christopher Milligan, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO of Cincinnati Opera. “Our first 100 years are rich with memorable moments, remarkable people and partnerships, and a deeply devoted audience whose enthusiasm is truly inspiring. Cincinnati Opera at 100 is a love letter to all who have made this company what it is today.”

Major support for Cincinnati Opera at 100 has been provided by Monteverdi Tuscany, a luxury boutique hotel centrally located between Rome and Florence, founded by Cincinnati Opera board member Michael L. Cioffi. The celebration of the arts and humanities is central to the Monteverdi Tuscany experience, and the hotel regularly presents performances by some of opera’s most distinguished artists.

“A founding philosophy of Monteverdi Tuscany is that beauty, art and music are fundamental to our nature as human beings, and remain now, as much as ever, integral to us all,” said Cioffi. “We are thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary moment of Cincinnati Opera’s distinguished history.”

“Michael is a visionary and a great fan of opera and Italian culture,” continued Milligan. “When we shared with him our idea of a televised centennial celebration with singers across Cincinnati and from their homes across the country, he was immediately inspired. It is his support and the sponsorship from Monteverdi Tuscany that has made this program possible.”

For complete program details for Cincinnati Opera at 100, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

CINCINNATI OPERA AT 100
Broadcast Schedule (all times are EST):

CET 48.1

  • Friday, July 3, 2020 | 9 p.m.

CET Arts 48.3

  • Sunday, July 5, 2020 | 9 p.m.
  • Monday, July 6, 2020 | 9 a.m., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 11 a.m., 4 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Description:
Cincinnati Opera at 100 is an hour-long televised program commemorating Cincinnati Opera’s centennial featuring insights from local and national opera experts and performances by artists from across the country.

With commentary by:

  • Anne Arenstein, arts writer and critic
  • Cori Ellison, dramaturg and faculty, The Juilliard School
  • Janelle Gelfand, arts writer and critic
  • Dan Hurley, historian
  • Louis Langrée, Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Thane Maynard, Director, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, Cincinnati Opera
  • Angela Powell Walker, Artistic Director, School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati

And performances by:

  • Nicole Cabell, soprano and Craig Terry, piano
  • Jennifer Cherest, soprano and Henri Venanzi, piano
  • Stephen Costello, tenor and Anthony Manoli, piano
  • Jacqueline Echols, soprano, Matthew White, tenor, and Kevin Miller, piano
  • Joseph Lattanzi, baritone and Marie-France Lefebvre, piano
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra musicians Stefani Matsuo, concertmaster and Michael Chertock,
    piano
  • Maria Miller, mezzo-soprano, Cincinnati Ballet dancer Samantha Riester with choreography by Oğulcan Borova, and Carol Walker, piano
  • Victoria Okafor, soprano and Henri Venanzi, piano
  • Rodion Pogossov, baritone and Elena Kholodova, piano
  • Michael Preacely, baritone and Marcellene Winfrey, piano
  • Morris Robinson, bass and Matthew Umphreys, piano
  • Members of the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Major support for Cincinnati Opera at 100 has been provided by Monteverdi Tuscany, A Rare Boutique Hotel.

For complete program details, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

ABOUT CINCINNATI OPERA
Founded in 1920 and the second-oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every summer. 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.

Critical support for Cincinnati Opera is provided by ArtsWave, Huntington, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund of the Greenacres Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. cincinnatiopera.org

ABOUT PUBLIC MEDIA CONNECT
Public Media Connect is Southwest Ohio’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, serving more than 3 million people in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities. Through PBS and local programming, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, Public Media Connect—CET and ThinkTV—positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. Public Media Connect’s mission is to strengthen the communities and region we serve by providing content and services that engage, inspire
and inform, educate and entertain, fostering culture and citizenship, the joy of learning and the power of diverse perspectives.

ABOUT MONTEVERDI TUSCANY
Monteverdi Tuscany is a luxury boutique hotel centrally located between Rome and Florence, offering stunning panoramic views of the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned worldwide for its scenic splendor.

This unique, luxury hotel is not confined within a single building but instead is infused throughout an idyllic, medieval village, with rooms and suites tucked in among authentic and fastidiously maintained properties. The hotel now comprises eighteen individual rooms and suites plus three elegantly appointed villas, all perfect for individuals, couples, families and groups of traveling friends.

In addition, Monteverdi Tuscany currently boasts an award-winning zero kilometer restaurant, a Culinary Academy, a piano lounge and terrace bar, a separate Enoteca and Library Bar, outdoor swimming pool and indoor heated spa pool, an award-winning holistic spa, yoga studio, a modern gym, an art gallery, and a beautifully restored 700-year-old Romanesque church that serves as Monteverdi’s performing arts venue.

The next year will be a time of growth, expansion, and change at the luxury boutique hotel, always with beauty, authenticity, and guests’ wellbeing at the forefront. Owner Michael Cioffi will once again team with renowned Rome-based designer, Ilaria Miani, to expand upon and enhance the village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro.

Monteverdi’s walls and roots date back to the 12th century, yet its distinctive aesthetic and first-class amenities perfectly fuse past and present to create a truly timeless setting.

For more information or to book a stay at Monteverdi Tuscany after July 1, 2021, please visit www.MonteverdiTuscany.com.

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Cincinnati Opera Presents Free OPERA IN THE PARK on June 9

CO_Opera in the ParkCincinnati Opera presents
OPERA IN THE PARK
A free concert in Washington Park

Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring stars from the 2019 Summer Festival, including Janai Brugger, Susanna Phillips, Rihab Chaieb, Piotr Buszewski, Joseph Lattanzi, and special guest Aaron Blake

With the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Jun Märkl and Levi Hammer, conductors; Henri Venanzi, chorus master

Musical highlights from The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Porgy and Bess, Romeo and Juliet, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, and more!

Follow Cincinnati Opera and #CincyOperaInThePark on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for postings throughout the evening of June 9

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera kicks off its 99th Summer Festival on Sunday, June 9 with a free concert in Washington Park. Opera in the Park will feature a selection of unforgettable opera and musical theater favorites—from “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess to Man of La Mancha’s “The Impossible Dream”—performed by stars from the 2019 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of opera under the setting sun. Park concessions will be available with full bar service, soda, and water. Food trucks will be on site for the event.

No tickets are necessary, but attendees are encouraged to register to receive weather updates, event news, and more. All registrants will be entered into a drawing for a Cincinnati Opera prize package valued at $300. To register, visit https://www.cincinnatiopera.org/opera-park/.

Featured singers for the program include stars from Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival. Cast members from Mozart’s brilliant comedy The Marriage of Figaro (June 13 & 15) include sopranos Janai Brugger(Susanna) and Susanna Phillips (Countess Almaviva), mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb (Cherubino), tenor Martin Bakari (Don Curzio), and baritone Joseph Lattanzi (Count Almaviva). The featured cast members from Charles Gounod’s tragic tale Romeo and Juliet (June 27 & 29) are tenor Piotr Buszewski (Tybalt) and baritone Thomas Dreeze (Count Capulet). The program will also feature soprano Liv Redpath, who sings Zerbinetta in this summer’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos (July 6, 11, 13 & 14). Tenor Aaron Blake, who starred as Tamino in The Magic Flute (2017) and Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers (2016), will make a special appearance. An ensemble of Cincinnati Opera Young Artists will also perform, including sopranos Gabriella Sam and Brittany Logan, tenors Thomas J. Capobianco and Darian Clonts, baritone Eric Shane, and bass-baritone Miles-Wilson Toliver. Jun Märkl, maestro for Ariadne auf Naxos, and Levi Hammer, resident conductor for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 season, will conduct. The Cincinnati Opera Chorus will be led by longtime chorus master Henri Venanzi. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will serve as host.

Share the Opera in the Park experience through social media. Like Cincinnati Opera on Facebook at facebook.com/cincinnatiopera, follow @CincinnatiOpera on Instagram and Twitter, and use #CincyOperaInThePark to join the conversation.

Opera in the Park Sponsors are Western & Southern Financial Group, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, and 1919 Investment Council. Media partner is Cincinnati Public Radio, 90.9 WGUC.

For more information, please visit https://www.cincinnatiopera.org/opera-park/.

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