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90.9 WGUC to Broadcast Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival on Sunday Evenings in November

CO_WGUC logoCincinnati, Ohio—On Sunday evenings this November, Cincinnati Opera will partner with 90.9 WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station, to broadcast select productions from its 2022 Summer Festival. Each broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET. You can listen on air at 90.9 FM and online at wguc.org.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival took place June 18–July 31 and marked the company’s first indoor, in-person performance season since the COVID-19 pandemic. The operas to be broadcast from the 2022 season include La BohèmeThe Pirates of PenzanceFierce (world premiere), and Aida.

The 2022 Summer Festival broadcasts are made possible through the generous cooperation of Local 1, the Cincinnati chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Support for the Cincinnati Opera broadcasts on WGUC also comes from the H.B. E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Narley L. Haley and Fifth Third Bank co-trustees.

For additional details, please visit wguc.org.


Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival on 90.9 WGUC
Broadcast Schedule:

Sunday, November 6; 8 p.m. ET
La Bohème

Originally performed June 18, 23, and 25, 2022, at Cincinnati Music Hall

Music by Giacomo Puccini; libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Mark Gibson, conductor; Alain Gauthier, stage director
Featuring Talise Trevigne, Raven McMillon, Ji-Min Park, Rodion Pogossov, Ethan Vincent, André Courville, Thomas Dreeze; Cincinnati Opera Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Description:
Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème has captivated audiences for generations with its unforgettable music and sweetly sentimental tale of young bohemian lovers in Paris. It all begins in a cold apartment on Christmas Eve, where the penniless poet Rodolfo prepares to celebrate with friends on the city’s bustling streets. But with a quiet knock on the door, he meets Mimì, whose single candle has gone out. While searching for a match in the dark, hands touch, sparks fly, and lives change forever.


Sunday, November 13; 8 p.m. ET
The Pirates of Penzance

Originally performed July 7, 8, and 10, 2022, at Cincinnati Music Hall

Music by Arthur Sullivan; libretto by W.S. Gilbert
David Agler, conductor; Seán Curran, stage director and choreographer
Featuring Patrick Carfizzi, Zachary James, David Walton, Lauren Snouffer, Amber Wagner, Samuel Smith, Mark Diamond, Marlen Nahhas, Jasmin White, Christina Hazen; Cincinnati Opera Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Description:
The Pirates of Penzance is a perfectly preposterous adventure, complete with dutiful daughters, cowering constables, and softhearted swashbucklers. Frederic, an orphan apprenticed to a lively band of pirates, will soon celebrate his 21st birthday, when he’ll be free to pursue a life—and love—all his own. The charming Mabel catches his eye, and she’s supremely smitten in return. But the crafty Pirate King finds a loophole in Frederic’s contract, setting the young lovers’ future upon stormy seas. Will Frederic and Mabel steer their way to a happily-ever-after?


Sunday, November 20; 8 p.m. ET
Fierce (world premiere)

Originally performed July 6, 9, and 10, 2022, at the School for Creative and Performing Arts

Music by William Menefield; libretto by Sheila Williams
Joseph Young, conductor; D. Lynn Meyers, stage director
Featuring Megan Graves, Victoria Ellington, Alicia Russell Tagert, Lauren McAllister, Wendy Hill, Indra Thomas, M. Andrew Jones, Antonio Cruz; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Description:
Four teenage girls gather for a workshop on writing an effective college essay. The teacher asks, “Tell me who you are,” prompting each young woman to share her story. One mourns the loss of a special friend, while another hides behind her popularity. The third feels constrained by her parents’ expectations, and the last faces a troubled homelife. Despite the chorus of trolls that taunts them, the girls unite, embarking on a transformative journey toward empowerment and self-assurance.


Sunday, November 27; 8 p.m. ET
Aida

Originally performed July 22, 26, 29, and 31, 2022, at Cincinnati Music Hall

Music by Giuseppe Verdi; libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Christopher Allen, conductor; Crystal Manich, stage director
Featuring Mary Elizabeth Williams, Tichina Vaughn, Gregory Kunde, Gordon Hawkins, Morris Robinson, Jennifer Cherest, Peixin Chen, Houston Tyrrell; Cincinnati Opera Chorus; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Description:
As war rages between enemy nations, a forbidden love burns brightly between Radamès, an Egyptian warrior, and Aida, his captive. But Aida’s keeping a secret of her own—she’s the daughter of the Ethiopian king and deeply devoted to her people. Will she betray Radamès to save her country or risk everything to follow her heart?


For additional schedule and performance information, visit wguc.org.


About Cincinnati Public Radio

90.9 WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical public radio station, part of Cincinnati Public Radio, has been home to classical music and the arts in the Greater Cincinnati community for 60 years. Presenting the finest from the classical music canon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with special features like Classics for Kids and New at Noon, WGUC also records and broadcasts performances by the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, and other local performing groups.

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 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 Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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Cincinnati Opera Presents OPERA GOES TO CHURCH Thursday, November 3

CO_Opera Goes to Church promoCincinnati Opera presents Opera Goes to Church

The next event in this dynamic, free community concert series takes place Thursday, November 3, at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church

Tickets become available Monday, October 10, at 12 p.m.

Cincinnati, Ohio—Back by popular demand, Cincinnati Opera’s free community concert series, Opera Goes to Church, will present its next event Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church. The concert will feature Cincinnati Opera artists performing alongside the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church Choir, and WLWT News 5 anchor Courtis Fuller will emcee.

Opera Goes to Church concerts feature internationally acclaimed artists from Cincinnati Opera, dynamic congregational choirs, and young musicians performing a variety of musical genres including gospel, jazz, and classical.

Admission is free, though tickets are required; limit is four tickets per household. Tickets are available beginning Monday, October 10, at 12 p.m. by visiting cincinnatiopera.org or calling 513-241-2742.

Event Details:

Cincinnati Opera presents
Opera Goes to Church

When: Thursday, November 3, 7 p.m.

Where: Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Masks are recommended, but not required.

Who: Featuring Cincinnati Opera artists, the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church Choir, and additional performers to be announced; Courtis Fuller emcees.

Admission: Free, though tickets are required; limit is four tickets per household. Tickets are available beginning Monday, October 10, at 12 p.m. To reserve, visit cincinnatiopera.org or call 513-241-2742.

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 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 Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, along with general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Support for Opera Goes to Church is provided by the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival concludes with CASTOR AND PATIENCE, AIDA, and MORRIS AND FRIENDS

co_logoCincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival concludes with

CASTOR AND PATIENCE
World premiere!
July 21-30 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater

AIDA
July 22-31 at Music Hall

MORRIS AND FRIENDS
July 27 at Music Hall

CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Opera concludes its 2022 Summer Festival July 21-31 with two powerful opera productions and one star-studded concert event. First is the world premiere of the touching and topical new opera Castor and Patience (July 21, 23, 24, 28, 30; SCPA’s Corbett Theater), with music by Gregory Spears and libretto by Tracy K. Smith, followed by Giuseppe Verdi’s epic romance Aida (July 22, 26, 29, 31; Cincinnati Music Hall). Also featured is Morris and Friends (July 27; Cincinnati Music Hall), an evening of gospel and opera hosted by world-renowned bass Morris Robinson.


CO_Castor and Patience logoWorld premiere opera!
CASTOR AND PATIENCE
Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith

WHEN: 

  • Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 
SCPA’s Corbett Theater, 108 West Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

SUMMARY:
A long overdue family reunion finds two African American cousins at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. Castor is eager to sell the land to pay off his crushing debt, but Patience is determined to fight off overzealous investors and preserve her family’s legacy. Deeply relevant to ongoing calls for racial justice, Castor and Patience probes historical and continuing obstacles to Black land ownership in the U.S.

With powerful, soaring music by Gregory Spears, composer of our acclaimed 2016 commission Fellow Travelers, and an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, this timeless and topical premiere explores the meaning of home and the power of memory.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Patience … Talise Trevigne
  • Castor … Reginald Smith Jr.
  • Celeste … Jennifer Johnson Cano
  • Wilhelmina … Victoria Okafor
  • West … Benjamin Taylor
  • Judah … Frederick Ballentine
  • Ruthie … Raven McMillon
  • Clarissa/Ensemble … Amber Monroe
  • Jane/Ensemble … Zoie Reams
  • Nestor/Ensemble … Victor Ryan Robertson
  • Cato/Ensemble … Phillip Bullock
  • Second Man/Ensemble … Earl Hazell
  • Composer … Gregory Spears
  • Librettist … Tracy K. Smith
  • Conductor … Kazem Abdullah
  • Stage Director … Kevin Newbury
  • Scenic Designer … Vita Tzykun
  • Costume Designer … Jessica Jahn
  • Image Designer … Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  • Projection Designer … S. Katy Tucker
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

TICKETS AND INFORMATION: 
Tickets start at $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit cincinnatiopera.org.


CO_Aida logoAIDA
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

WHEN: 

  • Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 31, 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

SUMMARY: 
Experience the grandest of all grand operas in this lavish production that evokes the opulence and splendor of Ancient Egypt. As war rages between enemy nations, a forbidden love burns brightly between Radamès, an Egyptian warrior, and Aida, his captive. But Aida’s keeping a secret of her own—she’s the daughter of the Ethiopian king and deeply devoted to her people. Will she betray Radamès to save her nation or risk everything to follow her heart?

From its star-crossed lovers to its thunderous “Triumphal March”— featuring more than 100 artists onstage—Aida is the very definition of epic and a passionate romance for the ages.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM:

  • Aida … Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Amneris … Tichina Vaughn
  • Radamès … Gregory Kunde
  • Amonasro … Gordon Hawkins
  • Ramfis … Morris Robinson
  • High Priestess … Jennifer Cherest
  • King of Egypt … Peixin Chen
  • Messenger … Houston Tyrrell
  • Conductor … Christopher Allen
  • Stage Director … Crystal Manich
  • Scenic Designers … Claude Girard and Bernard Uzan
  • Costume Designer … Claude Girard
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier
  • Chorus Master … Henri Venanzi
  • Choreographer … Michael Pappalardo

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus

TICKETS AND INFORMATION: 
Tickets start at $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit cincinnatiopera.org.


CO_Morris and FriendsMORRIS AND FRIENDS

WHEN: 

  • Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

SUMMARY:
World-renowned bass and Cincinnati Opera Artistic Advisor Morris Robinson hosts and curates a special, one-night-only concert of opera and gospel on the Music Hall stage. Experience the power of some of today’s top opera singers and musicians who have gospel music roots and are making their mark across the performing arts world.

FEATURING:

  • Morris Robinson, bass
    with
  • Jacqueline Echols, soprano
  • Tichina Vaughn, mezzo-soprano
  • Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
  • Will Liverman, baritone
  • Reginald Smith Jr., baritone
  • Russell Thomas, tenor
  • Damien Sneed, piano
  • Kazem Abdullah, conductor

With the Cincinnati United Choir and HBCU Collective and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit cincinnatiopera.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.

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 general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Castor and Patience Production Underwriter is David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Media partners are 90.9 WGUC and 91.7 WVXU. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org

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Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival Continues July 6-10

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Illustration by Aimee Sposito Martini

FIERCE
July 6-10 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater
A heartwarming coming-of-age story inspired by Cincinnati teen girls

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Photo by Jeff Roffman / The Atlanta Opera

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
July 7-10 at Music Hall
A perfectly preposterous high-seas adventure

CINCINNATI, OH—This July 6 through 10, Cincinnati Opera continues its 2022 Summer Festival with two uplifting productions: the world premiere of FIERCE (July 6, 9, 10 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater), with music by William Menefield and libretto by Sheila Williams, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (July 7, 8, 10 at Cincinnati Music Hall).

FIERCE (world premiere)
Music by William Menefield
Libretto by Sheila Williams

When:

  • Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Where: SCPA’S Corbett Theater, 108 West Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Summary:
Four teenage girls gather for a workshop on writing an effective college essay. The teacher asks, “Tell me who you are,” prompting each young woman to share her story. One mourns the loss of a special friend, while another hides behind her popularity. The third feels constrained by her parents’ expectations, and the last faces a troubled home life. Despite the chorus of trolls that taunts them, the girls unite, embarking on a transformative journey toward empowerment and self-assurance.

With authenticity and sensitivity, Northern Kentucky-based novelist Sheila Williams interviewed local teen girls to inspire the opera’s story, while Cincinnati native William Menefield employed jazz, modern, Afro-Cuban, R&B, and classical music styles in its high-energy score. D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, makes her opera directing debut. Fierce is presented in partnership with three creative organizations that serve Cincinnati-area youth: WordPlay Cincy, Music Resource Center—Cincinnati, and i.imagine.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Rumer … Megan Graves
  • Nyomi … Victoria Ellington
  • Morgan … Alicia Russell Tagert
  • Vesta … Lauren McAllister
  • Ms. Lee-Adler/Mary/Troll 4 … Wendy Hill
  • Troll 1 / John … M. Andrew Jones
  • Troll 2 / Jim …  Antonio Cruz
  • Troll 3 / Jackie / Margaret … Indra Thomas
  • Composer … William Menefield
  • Librettist … Sheila Williams
  • Conductor … Joseph Young
  • Stage Director … D. Lynn Meyers
  • Production Designer … Samantha Reno
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Projection Designer … Jessica Drayton
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier
  • Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Tickets and Information:
Tickets are $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit cincinnatiopera.org.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert

When:

  • Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 10, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Summary:
Frederic, an orphan apprenticed to a lively band of pirates, will soon celebrate his 21st birthday, when he’ll be free to pursue a life—and love—all his own. The charming Mabel catches his eye, and she’s supremely smitten in return. But the crafty Pirate King finds a loophole in Frederic’s contract, setting the young lovers’ future upon stormy seas. Will Frederic and Mabel steer their way to a happily-ever-after?

With vibrant sets and costumes, memorable tunes, and rapid-fire laughs, Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance is a modern, major spectacle, perfect for the entire family.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Major-General Stanley … Patrick Carfizzi
  • The Pirate King … Zachary James
  • Frederic … David Walton
  • Mabel … Lauren Snouffer
  • Ruth … Amber Wagner
  • Sergeant of Police … Samuel Smith
  • Samuel … Mark Diamond
  • Edith … Marlen Nahhas
  • Kate … Jasmin White
  • Isabel … Christina Hazen
  • Conductor … David Agler
  • Stage Director and Choreographer … Seán Curran
  • Scenic and Costume Designer … James Schuette
  • Lighting Designer … Thomas C. Hase
  • Wig and Makeup Designer … James Geier
  • Chorus Master … Henri Venanzi
  • Fight Director … Gina Cerimele-Mechley

Featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus

Tickets and Information:
Tickets start at $35. To order, call 513-241-2742 or visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Looking ahead:

Cincinnati Opera
2022 Summer Festival

CASTOR AND PATIENCE (world premiere)
By Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith
July 21, 23, 24, 28 & 30 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater

AIDA
By Giuseppe Verdi
July 22, 26, 29 & 31 at Music Hall

Special concert event!
MORRIS AND FRIENDS
An evening of opera and gospel hosted by world-renowned bass Morris Robinson
July 27 at Music Hall

Visit cincinnatiopera.org for complete 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 general season and project support from many other generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. Media partners are 90.9 WGUC and 91.7 WVXU. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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AIDA Runs July 22-31

CO_Aida logoAIDA
Cincinnati Opera
July 22-31
Music Hall [Over-the-Rhine]

Cast and creative team |

Experience the grandest of all grand operas in this lavish production that evokes the opulence and splendor of Ancient Egypt. As war rages between enemy nations, a forbidden love burns brightly between Radamès, an Egyptian warrior, and Aida, his captive. But Aida’s keeping a secret of her own—she’s the daughter of the Ethiopian king and deeply devoted to her people. Will she betray Radamès to save her nation or risk everything to follow her heart? From its star-crossed lovers to its thunderous “Triumphal March”— featuring a 60-voice chorus—Aida is the very definition of epic and a passionate romance for the ages.

  • Fri, July 22 at 7:30pm
  • Tue, July 26 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, July 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, July 31 at 3pm

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