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Cincinnati Opera Presents Free Film Screening of Family-Friendly Opera FIERCE at Blue Ash’s Summit Park on June 2

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The cast of Cincinnati Opera’s FIERCE: Megan Graves as Rumer, Alicia Russell Tagert as Morgan, Victoria Ellington as Nyomi, and Lauren McAllister as Vesta. Photo by Philip Groshong.

Cincinnati, Ohio—Cue the popcorn! This summer, Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to bring opera to the big screen at Blue Ash’s Summit Park.

On Friday, June 2, Cincinnati Opera will present a free film screening of its family-friendly opera, FIERCE, at Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio. The opera, which follows the trials and triumphs of four teenage girls, received its world premiere in 2022 to enthusiastic critical and audience acclaim. Cincinnati Opera captured the production on video to share with families and young people at public screenings throughout the region.

The June 2 event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. when artists from Cincinnati Opera’s Share the Love Truck Tour will present a live performance at Summit Park’s multicolored glass Canopy. At sunset (approximately 9 p.m.), the screening of FIERCE will begin on the Great Lawn. Then, after the credits roll, guests will be treated to a dazzling drone show with Flightline by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics behind Summit Park’s Observation Tower. Throughout the evening, wine, beer, and seltzer from Higher Gravity bar and bottle shop will be available for purchase.

Admission is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. For information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

CALENDAR INFORMATION

What:
Cincinnati Opera presents film screening of FIERCE

Description:
Opera goes to the movies at Blue Ash’s Summit Park with this free film screening of Cincinnati Opera’s original opera FIERCE. This family-friendly opera follows four teenage girls through their trials and triumphs, offering an inspiring message about the importance of individuality and the value of friendship. Composer William Menefield’s vibrant score spans a variety of genres including jazz, classical, Latin, and hip-hop, with a libretto by local author Sheila Williams drawn from interviews with Cincinnati teens. The evening also includes a live performance by Cincinnati Opera artists and a dazzling drone show with Flightline by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics.

FIERCE is appropriate for audiences of all ages. The film’s run time is approximately 85 minutes.

Event Schedule:
Friday, June 2, 2023

7:30 p.m.: Live performance by Cincinnati Opera’s Share the Love Truck Tour
Sunset (approximately 9 p.m.): Film screening of Cincinnati Opera’s FIERCE
After the screening (approximately 10:30 p.m.): Drone show with Flightline by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics

Where:
Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242

Admission:
This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required, though registration is encouraged to receive event updates and weather alerts. Registrants will also be entered to win a pair of tickets to a Cincinnati Opera 2023 Summer Festival performance. To register, visit cincinnatiopera.org/fierce-at-summit. Complimentary parking is available on-site.

For Information:
cincinnatiopera.org/fierce-at-summit

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.

Fierce at Summit Park is sponsored by Western & Southern Financial Group.

Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives general season support from Chavez Properties, 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. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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Cincinnati Opera Hosts Open Casting Call for Supernumerary Roles for 2023 Summer Festival

co_logoThe company seeks to fill 19 non-singing roles. No stage experience is necessary!

Cincinnati, Ohio—For anyone who’s dreamed of appearing on the Cincinnati Music Hall stage, Cincinnati Opera is ready to give you your moment in the spotlight. No singing or acting skills are required!

Cincinnati Opera will hold an open casting call for supernumerary roles for the company’s 2023 Summer Festival. An information and casting session is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 1–3 p.m. in the May Festival Rehearsal Room at Music Hall (1244 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202). Participants should enter through the May Festival Rehearsal Room entrance at the corner of 14th Street and Central Parkway.

Supernumerary—or “super”—roles are non-singing, non-speaking roles, much like extras in film and television. Supers will share the stage with internationally renowned artists and work with celebrated directors and conductors. No experience is necessary and all super positions are filled on a voluntary basis. Individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

Lucia di Lammermoor
Commitment period: May 30–June 24, 2023
Performances: June 22 and 24, 2023
Supers needed: 6 male-presenting liveried servants

The Barber of Seville
Commitment period: June 14–July 8, 2023
Performances: July 6 and 8, 2023
Supers needed:

  • 1 older male-presenting servant
  • 1 male-presenting notary
  • 1 male-presenting young lover
  • 1 male-presenting nephew
  • 1 older female-presenting aunt
  • 1 female-presenting young lover
  • 2 female-presenting floozies

Madame Butterfly
Commitment period: June 28–July 29, 2023
Performances: July 22, 27, and 29, 2023
Supers needed:

  • 2 male-presenting Asian servants
  • 2 male-presenting non-Asian sailors
  • 1 male-presenting Asian or Hapa child, age 5–8

Cincinnati Opera’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, The Barber of Seville, and Madame Butterfly will be presented in Springer Auditorium at Music Hall. Supers are required to attend approximately 10–15 rehearsals. Daytime rehearsals may be scheduled.

Attending the casting call does not obligate a person to participate. Interested individuals may attend the casting call simply to learn more about supernumerary opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatiopera.org or email supers@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 for Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival is Chavez Properties. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives general 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. Lead Sponsors for Madame Butterfly are Sheila and Christopher Cole. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. To learn more, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org.

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Tickets to Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival Go On Sale Monday, April 10

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Tickets to Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival go on sale Monday, April 10, 2023, at 12 noon. Tickets begin at $35 and can be purchased online at cincinnatiopera.org, by phone at 513-241-2742, or in person at the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at Music Hall.

Where & When:
Monday, April 10, 2023

  • Online: Visit cincinnatiopera.org beginning at 12 noon.
  • By phone: Call 513-241-2742. Box office hours are 12 noon–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.
  • In person: Visit the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine. Box office hours are 12 noon–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

About the 2023 Summer Festival:
For more than a century, summer in Cincinnati has signaled the return of Cincinnati Opera’s annual Summer Festival. Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival includes four operas throughout June and July at historic Music Hall, along with a vibrant variety of smaller-scale performances and engaging community events. The 2023 Summer Festival includes: Opera in the Park (June 11), a free, family-friendly concert of opera favorites in Washington Park; Gaetano Donizetti’s haunting Scottish thriller Lucia di Lammermoor (June 22 and 24); the world stage premiere of Aleksandra Vrebalov and Deborah Brevoort’s moving opera about American military families, The Knock (June 23 and 27, July 2, 5, and 7); Gioachino Rossini’s supremely silly The Barber of Seville (July 6 and 8); Studio Sessions (July 12 and 19), intimate, cabaret-style concerts featuring opera artists; and a thrilling new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (July 22, 27, and 29) created by an all-Japanese and Japanese American design team. For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Interviews:
Interviews about Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival are available with Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, and other company leadership upon request.

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Cincinnati Opera and CCM to Workshop Two Operas-in-Progress This Spring Through Opera Fusion: New Works Partnership

co_logoThe two new operas—Robeson by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote and The Righteous by Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith—will receive workshops this April and May, and the public is invited to attend a sneak peek


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

Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) is a creative partnership between CCM and Cincinnati Opera that fosters the development of new operatic works. Through OF:NW, composers and librettists are given a 10-day workshop to hone their operas-in-progress and further prepare them for the opera stage. Each workshop ends with a public performance of excerpts from the featured work.

This April 4–13, OF:NW will mount a second workshop for the new opera, Robeson, featuring music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by Richards and David Cote, with CCM Professor and Co-Director of Opera Fusion: New Works Robin Guarino as dramaturg and stage director. The work received an initial workshop last May through OF:NW.

Robeson Creative Team

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Scott Davenport Richards
Composer & Co-Librettist

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David Cote
Co-Librettist


Robin Guarino
Stage Director & Dramaturg

From the creative team behind Cincinnati Opera’s critically acclaimed 2019 world premiere, Blind InjusticeRobeson is an epic and inspiring biographical examination of Black singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). A global superstar, Robeson leveraged his fame to fight on the frontlines for equality. His heroic and uncompromising efforts against fascism and racism worldwide led Robeson to be entangled in the tragic power struggle between the two superpowers of the twentieth century—the United States and the USSR—with his own life and career hanging in the balance. Inspired by historical events, Robeson also resonates with today’s ongoing fights for social justice. The public performance of excerpts from Robeson will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.

From May 5–15, OF:NW will host a workshop for The Righteous, the newest opera from composer Gregory Spears and librettist Tracy K. Smith, the creative team behind Cincinnati Opera’s celebrated 2022 world premiere, Castor and PatienceKevin Newbury (Castor and PatienceFellow Travelers) will serve as stage director and dramaturg.

The Righteous Creative Team

black and white photo of a man with short hairGregory Spears
Composer

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Tracy K. Smith
Librettist

Kevin Newbury
Stage Director & Dramaturg

Commissioned by Santa Fe Opera and slated for a summer 2024 world premiere, The Righteous follows a preacher and leader of a growing church in the 1980s American Southwest, who finds himself caught up in the confluence of religion and politics. Slowly his connection to God is weakened as he becomes drawn to public office alongside contemporary events including the rise of feminism, the war on drugs, conflict in the Middle East, and the AIDS epidemic. Along the way, those closest to him grapple with their own understanding of faith and truth. The Righteous explores the timeless struggle to reconcile spiritual humility with ambition in our modern world. The public performance of excerpts from The Righteous will take place on Monday, May 15, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Admission to the public performances is free, and reservations are required. Reservations are available through the Cincinnati Opera Box Office by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.


CALENDAR INFORMATION

Opera Fusion: New Works presents
Robeson

Music by Scott Davenport Richards
Libretto by David Cote and Scott Davenport Richards
Dramaturgy and stage direction by Robin Guarino

When: Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
What: A performance of excerpts from the new opera-in-progress, Robeson.
Where: Music Hall’s Wilks Studio, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: Free; reservations are required. Reservations are available by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.


Opera Fusion: New Works presents
The Righteous

Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith
Dramaturgy and stage direction by Kevin Newbury

When: Monday, May 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
What: A performance of excerpts from the new opera-in-progress, The Righteous.
Where: Cohen Family Studio Theater, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 290 CCM Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45221
Admission: Free; reservations are required. Reservations are available by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.


About Opera Fusion: New Works
Funded through a generous gift from the Mellon Foundation, Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) 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. OF:NW offers composers or composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a residency in Cincinnati. Residencies utilize 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 an audience Q&A session. 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.

Season Presenting Sponsor for Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival is Chavez Properties. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives general 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. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America. To learn more, visit cincinnatiopera.org

About CCM
Nationally ranked and internationally renowned, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is a preeminent institution for the performing and media arts. The school’s educational roots date back to 1867, and a solid, visionary instruction has been at its core since that time. CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors, along with a wide variety of pre-collegiate and post-graduate programs.

Declared a top college vocal program by Backstage Magazine and described as “one of the continent’s major music schools,” by the Toronto Star, CCM’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. Several national opera companies hold auditions at the conservatory, and CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 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.

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Cincinnati Opera’s CABARET OF HOPE: WARSAW 1941 to Premiere April 16 on CET

Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941, Cincinnati Opera’s tribute to the artists of the Warsaw Ghetto, to premiere April 16 on CET

The broadcast premiere coincides with Greater Cincinnati’s community-wide commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

CET will continue to air the hour-long program on CET Arts through June 2023.

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Featured artists from Cincinnati Opera’s Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 include: (L to R) Matthew Umphreys, Victoria Okafor, Christina Haan, Sarah Folsom, Polina Bespalko, Thomas Dreeze, and Simon Barrad. Photo by Philip Groshong.

Cincinnati, Ohio—Cincinnati Opera and CET, Cincinnati’s PBS member station, have announced plans to present Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941, an hour-long televised program developed by Cincinnati Opera in celebration of the creativity that flourished within the Warsaw Ghetto. Featuring songs and poetry from the era, Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 will premiere on CET 48.1 and will be live-streamed on the PBS app on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET, in recognition of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Additional airings will follow on CET Arts 48.3 through June 2023.

In 1941 in Warsaw, Poland, more than 400,000 Jews were held captive in a cordoned-off area known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Nevertheless, nightlife continued to thrive, with cafés and restaurants offering entertainment and a temporary respite for residents. Perhaps the most famous was the Café Sztuka, where renowned poets, singers, and musicians appeared regularly, performing classical music and new songs by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Kurt Weill, among others. Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 is a recreation of this cabaret experience, serving as both a remembrance and a celebration of the creativity that flourished amid extraordinary oppression.

Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 was captured live during a public performance at Cincinnati Music Hall’s Wilks Studio in April 2022. Cincinnati Opera developed the program in partnership with Rabbi Abie Ingber and director Joshua Cook, with performances by vocalist Sarah Folsom, soprano Victoria Okafor, baritones Simon Barrad and Thomas Dreeze, pianists Polina Bespalko and Matthew Umphreys, and accordionist Christina Haan.

The Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 broadcast premiere coincides with Greater Cincinnati’s community-wide commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which takes place April 16, 2–3 p.m., at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center (8485 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45236) and also via Zoom live stream. Presented by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, the Mayerson Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Family Service, the Yom HaShoah commemoration provides an opportunity to remember and mourn the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors. Event reservations and more information are available at holocaustandhumanity.org.

Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 was originally presented in partnership with the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center to commemorate the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. Support for Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 was provided by: the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati; Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; Mona and Richard Kerstine, M.D., in loving memory of Mona’s grandparents, who were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust; and Eric and Jennifer Dauer.

For complete program details for Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941, visit cincinnatiopera.org.


Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941
Broadcast Schedule (all times are ET):

CET 48.1*
Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 2 p.m.**
*Also available as a live stream via the PBS app

CET Arts 48.3
Monday, April 17, 2023 | 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 10 a.m., 3 p.m., and 10 p.m.

Additional airings will take place on CET Arts 48.3 in May and June 2023; please visit cetconnect.org for complete schedule information.

Description:
CET presents Cincinnati Opera’s Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941, which recreates the cabaret experience that thrived within the Warsaw Ghetto. Featuring music and poetry from the era, Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 serves as both a remembrance and a celebration of the creativity that flourished amid extraordinary oppression. For complete program details, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

**The Cabaret of Hope: Warsaw 1941 broadcast premiere coincides with the community-wide Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration, which takes place April 16, 2–3 p.m., at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center (8485 Ridge Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45236) and via Zoom live stream. More information can be found at holocaustandhumanity.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 for Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Summer Festival is Chavez Properties. Cincinnati Opera is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. Cincinnati Opera also receives general 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. Cincinnati Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

To learn more, visit 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.

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