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Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera’s Opera Fusion: New Works Presents CASTOR AND PATIENCE

CO_Opera Fusion Castor and Patience logoMusic by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith 

Workshop dates: August 26-September 4, 2019

Free public performance of excerpts on Wednesday, September 4

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the workshop offers the combined resources of Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to further the development of new American opera 

CINCINNATI, OH—Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, will host a residency for the new opera Castor and Patience from August 26 through September 4, 2019, in Cincinnati.

Castor and Patience, with music by composer Gregory Spears and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, has been commissioned by Cincinnati Opera in honor of its 100th anniversary season and will receive its world premiere as part of the company’s 2020 Summer Festival. It will be Spears’s second work for the company, following the extraordinary critical and popular success of Fellow Travelers, with librettist Greg Pierce, in 2016.

During the Opera Fusion: New Works residency, the work’s creative team will collaborate with singers and musicians for a 10-day workshop, culminating in a public performance of excerpts on September 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.

Tickets: Admission to the Opera Fusion: New Works public performance on September 4 is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets will become available from the Cincinnati Opera box office on Tuesday, August 20 at 10 a.m. Call (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

The Opera Fusion: New Works residency for Castor and Patience is generously underwritten by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

OPERA FUSION: NEW WORKS PRESENTS
CASTOR AND PATIENCE

Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith

Kevin Newbury, stage director
Kazem Abdullah, conductor

Workshop:
August 26-September 4, 2019 

Public performance:
Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
Music Hall’s Wilks Studio, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati
Tickets are free, but reservations are required; call (513) 241-2742 beginning August 20 at 10 a.m.

Castor and Patience, with music by composer Gregory Spears and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, tells the story of African American cousins who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. According to Smith, “It’s 2008, and Patience is fighting to stave off overzealous developers. Castor has a ballooning mortgage to contend with and is hoping to sell his share of the land. But if they’re going to get anywhere as a family, they must first learn to see past their differing allegiances and trust one another. Castor and Patience is the story not just of a single family or even a particular geography, but of America’s warring tensions between reckoning with the hard facts of history and racing blindly forward toward the dream of progress.”

Castor and Patience will receive its world premiere at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts as part of Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Summer Festival. For tickets and details, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

ABOUT OPERA FUSION: NEW WORKS
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. Since its founding in 2011, OF:NW has developed 12 new American operas, including Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers, Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Great ScottRicky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, and Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian, among others. For more information, visit ofnw.org. 

ABOUT CINCINNATI OPERA
Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every summer in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 100th Anniversary Summer Festival will run June 18 through August 1, featuring Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, the world premiere of William Menefield and Sheila Williams’s Fierce, Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka, the world premiere of Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith’s Castor and Patience, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. The 2020 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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

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ABOUT CCM
Declared “one of the nation’s leading conservatories” by The New York Times, 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. The synergy created by housing CCM within a comprehensive public university gives the college its unique character and defines its objective: to educate and inspire the whole artist and scholar for positions on the world’s stage.

CCM’s 2019-2020 Opera Series includes Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride (Nov. 21-24), George Frideric Handel’s Partenope (Feb. 20-23) and W.A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute (April 2-5).

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PORGY AND BESS and BLIND INJUSTICE Opera Raps in July

co_logoCincinnati Opera Presents
July Opera Raps:
Meet the Cast of PORGY AND BESS &
Introducing BLIND INJUSTICE 

CINCINNATI—Each year, Cincinnati Opera presents a diverse series of informative and entertaining Opera Raps lectures in the months leading up to, and during, the summer performance season. These community programs are created to enlighten and engage opera devotees and newcomers alike, and feature conversations on topics related to Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival. For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Meet the Cast of Porgy and Bess
Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 season production of Porgy and Bess features a star-studded cast: Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne as Bess; Metropolitan Opera bass Morris Robinson as Porgy; baritone Nmon Ford as the menacing Crown; and many more. Join us for a panel discussion led by Cincinnati Opera’s Evans Mirageas, and meet the magnetic singers who will bring the Gershwins’ great American opera to life on the Music Hall stage this summer. 

When: Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Admission: FREE, but tickets are required. Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

Introducing Blind Injustice
This summer, Cincinnati Opera presents the world premiere of Blind Injustice, an opera drawn from the real-life tragedies and triumphs of six women and men, all of whom were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Eventually, they were set free through the work of the Ohio Innocence Project.

At this event, exonerees Nancy Smith and Rickey Jackson will share their stories; Blind Injustice cast members will sing several excerpts from the work; and librettist David Cote, composer Scott Davenport Richards, stage director and dramaturg Robin Guarino, and Ohio Innocence Project Director Mark Godsey will discuss the project with Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera. 

Blind Injustice is a collaboration between Cincinnati Opera, the Ohio Innocence Project, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Young Professionals Choral Collective.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, 7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237
Admission: FREE, but tickets are required. Limit 4 tickets per household. Order online at cincinnatiopera.org or call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve. 

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 28, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the world premiere of Blind Injustice by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote, based on true stories of the Ohio Innocence Project, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The 2019 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Patricia A. Corbett Estate and Trust, Harry T. Wilks Family Foundation, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

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

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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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Cincinnati Opera Announces 100th Anniversary Season & Programming

CO_Rusalka (Kelly Kaduce), credit Michal Daniel, Minnesota Opera

Rusalka (Kelly Kaduce), credit Michal Daniel, Minnesota Opera.jpg

Cincinnati Opera Announces 100th Anniversary Programming,
2020 Season Repertoire, and Casting Highlights 

2020 Summer Festival
World premiere of Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith’s Castor and Patience
The Barber of Seville, starring Isabel Leonard
A magnificent, new-to-Cincinnati Aida
First-ever production of Rusalka
Fierce, a collaboration with young women from WordPlay Cincy
and Music Resource Center—Cincinnati 

Yearlong Program of Anniversary Events Begins September 2019
Including:
100th Anniversary Ball
Stephen Costello in Concert
Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
In Harmony Community Chorus 

CINCINNATI, OH—Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, today announced a host of programs celebrating the company’s upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020, along with repertoire and casting highlights of the 2020 Summer Festival.

“Attaining the age of one hundred years is no small feat for any company, but for an opera company it’s a truly special achievement—after all, opera is the most expensive art form!” said Mirageas. “It is an honor and a privilege to guide this company artistically into its second century, drawing on both a rich history of magnificent grand opera as well as our decades of presenting new works.”

“With these events, we are not looking to simply mark the company’s milestone—we want to celebrate with our community, which has supported and championed Cincinnati Opera for almost a century,” said Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO of the company.

“Cincinnati Opera is the second oldest opera company in America, yet displays the artistic vibrancy of one of our newest ‘indie’ opera companies,” said Marc Scorca, President & CEO of Opera America. “The program for the 100th anniversary season shows an exciting and balanced commitment to the masterpieces of the inherited repertoire, the artists who will shape the art form in the course of the company’s second century, and community programs that embrace the diversity of the city. Like every great organization, Cincinnati Opera honors its rich history and looks to the future in every aspect of its work.”

100th Anniversary Programming
Cincinnati Opera will present a yearlong series of events, performances, and programs to celebrate its landmark 100thanniversary. A group of committed volunteers is working to support this programming through the 100th Anniversary Cabinet, co-chaired by Melanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann. The Opera’s Community Celebrations committee, presenting a series of public events celebrating 100 years of opera in the community, is chaired by Julie Heard and Dr. Susan Strick. Fundraising activities for the 100th Anniversary are led by the Opera’s Presidents Council, chaired by Cathy Crain.

100 Fridays on 90.9 WGUC
In July 2018, Mirageas began leading the march to the Opera’s 100th anniversary on his weekly Friday evening broadcast on Classical 90.9 WGUC. Every Friday for 100 weeks, he explores one year in the history of Cincinnati Opera, counting up to the opening of the company’s 100th season. Along the way, Mirageas shares recordings of great artists from the illustrious history of the company, excerpts from significant Cincinnati Opera first performances, and occasionally historic live recordings from both the Cincinnati Zoo era (1920-1971) and from Music Hall. Historic anecdotes and facts are drawn from the landmark histories of Cincinnati Opera written by Eldred Thierstein and Charles Parsons. The series continues through June 2020; follow @cincinnatiopera, @909WGUC, and #CincyOpera100 on Twitter for weekly broadcast times and program details.

The 100th anniversary programming will kick off on September 18, 2019, when Cincinnati Opera once again returns to its historic roots at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to present the 10th annual Back to the Zoo concert in the Wings of Wonder Theater. This fun, free, family-friendly program includes performances of opera and musical theater favorites, memories from the Zoo days, and close encounters with animals. Tickets to this highly anticipated event will become available in summer 2019.

On October 29, 2019, the company presents Stephen Costello in Recital, supported by the The Peter G. Courlas and Nicholas Tsimaras Annual Recital Fund, at Memorial Hall. Costello, a Metropolitan Opera regular who starred in the company’s 2010 La Bohème and 2012 La Traviata, will showcase an evening of bel canto opera arias in concert.

Longtime general director and CEO of the Opera Patty Beggs will be honored at the annual Opera Gala on November 23, 2019, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. The Gala is co-chaired by Alva Jean CrawfordCatharina Toltzis, and Anne Zaring, with honorary co-chairs Harry and Linda Fath and Marc Scorca, President & CEO of Opera America.

In Harmony Community Chorus
Connecting with the community is one of Cincinnati Opera’s top strategic priorities as it enters its second century. Since 2006, the company has produced an annual series of Opera Goes to Church concerts in collaboration with local churches, in which resident choirs perform with mainstage opera singers. The experience has been audience-focused, and is hugely popular, with each free concert filled to capacity. The company now seeks to create an impactful experience for the amateur singers in the choirs, with the belief that collaborative art-making will create social bridges across the community. To address that in a tangible way, in spring 2020 it will launch In Harmony, a community chorus of 100 participants, with ten members each from ten diverse organizations.

The company will partner with a mix of churches—African American, Latino, and white; conservative and liberal—along with other houses of worship, as well as existing community choruses. Participants will commit to a half-day weekend retreat in April 2020, six rehearsals, and six performances over two weekends in June 2020. The retreat will feature trust-building activities led by a professional facilitator, and each rehearsal will feature a social activity.

The culminating performances will take place at community centers, churches, and Cincinnati Music Hall over the course of two weekends. One weekend will feature a daylong tour along the Ohio River, with concerts in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. All programs will be presented free of charge. After the project, participants will be invited to attend a reunion and a dress rehearsal performance at Music Hall. In Harmony is supported by a $75,000 Innovation Grant from Opera America.

Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
In April 2020, Cincinnati Opera will present the regional premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a new work inspired by Dessner’s experience of growing up in Cincinnati during protests against an exhibit of the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe at the Contemporary Arts Center in 1990. Dessner, a member of the indie rock band The National and founder of the eclectic Cincinnati festival MusicNOW, collaborated with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttleand vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth to explore the ways Mapplethorpe’s works compel an audience’s complicity and characterizes them in the act of attention. The performance piece, which was co-commissioned by Cincinnati Opera, combines the poetry of Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill with projections of Mapplethorpe’s images. The work will be presented at the Taft Theatre in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center.

On June 14, 2020, the Opera will once again kick off the season with Opera in the Park, its annual free outdoor concert in Washington Park featuring a selection of opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars from the 2020 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Prior to the concert, the public is invited to Opera For All, a Music Hall open house featuring performances and activities for the whole family.

Then, on the opening night of the season, June 18, 2020, the company will present the 100th Anniversary Ball, a celebratory black-tie dinner prior to the performance of The Barber of Seville. The 100th Anniversary Ball is co-chaired byMelanie Chavez and Jeannine Winkelmann.

In conjunction with the meeting of the national Opera America board in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera will present Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle about the first woman elected to Congress, by composers Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman, and Ellen Reid, with text by Kimberly Reed, on July 17, 2020. This event is part of the company’s Championing Women’s Voices initiative.

In addition, Cincinnati Opera will present its usual lineup of community and education programming, including Opera Raps, the 30th annual Community Open Dress RehearsalThe Opera Express mobile opera theater, the Inside Opera podcast series, performances through the UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Opera Voice Health Partnership, and the 15th annualOpera Goes to Church/Opera Goes to Temple concert series.

2020 Season
Cincinnati Opera will open its 100th anniversary season with Gioachino Rossini’s charming comedy The Barber of Seville(June 18 & 20) in Music Hall’s Springer Auditorium. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, a frequent star of the Metropolitan Opera stage, will make her Cincinnati Opera debut as Rosina. After appearing as Tamino and Papageno in the company’s 2017 Magic Flute, tenor Aaron Blake and baritone Rodion Pogossov will showcase their comic teamwork as Count Almaviva and Figaro, respectively. Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna returns to conduct following his debut with 2018’s La Traviata.

Next, the company will present the world premiere of Fierce (June 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28), part of both the Championing Women’s Voices initiative and CO Next: Diverse Voices, an initiative designed to showcase diverse stories and artists. A collaboration with WordPlay CincyThe Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagineFierce tells stories inspired by the lives of the teenage girls who helped create it. The libretto is by novelist Sheila Williams, working with participants in WordPlay Cincy’s programs, and the music is by composer William Menefield, working with participants in MRC’s programs. Teenage girl participants in i.imagine’s photography-based educational programs will partner with the Opera on promoting the piece to their peers. D. Lynn Meyers, the producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, acts as stage director and dramaturg in her company debut. The project was previously announced under the working title Girls 2020.

For the first time in its 100-year history, the company will present Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka (July 9 & 11), the beautiful and tragic tale of a love-struck mermaid, sung in the original Czech at Music Hall. British-Swiss soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel, who made her U.S. debut singing Pamina in the company’s 2017 production of The Magic Flute, will star in the title role. Slovenian conductor Daniela Candillari will make her company debut leading the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Cincinnati Opera will then present the highly anticipated world premiere opera Castor and Patience (July 16, 18, 22, 24 & 26), at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. With music by Gregory Spears, composer of the company’s acclaimed 2016 commission Fellow Travelers, and an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, the story is centered on two members of an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. Not just the story of a single family or even a particular geography, the work addresses America’s warring tensions between reckoning with the hard facts of history and racing blindly forward toward the dream of progress. Soprano Latonia Moore returns to star as Patience following her acclaimed portrayal of Aida in 2013, and bass-baritone Kevin Short makes his company debut as Castor. Frederick Ballentine, Jr. will sing the role of Castor’s son, Judah, following roles in The Flying Dutchman (2018) and Porgy and Bess (2019). Kevin Newbury returns to direct following his work on 2016’s Fellow Travelers.

The 100th anniversary season will close with the grandest of all operatic masterpieces, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida (July 25, 28, 30 & August 1), at Music Hall. Soprano Mary Elizabeth Williams makes her company debut in the title role, which she has previously sung at The Atlanta Opera and Teatro Massimo di Palermo in Sicily. Italian tenor Marco Berti will sing the role of Radamès, which he has performed at both La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, in his company debut. Mezzo-sopranoRonnita Miller will make her company debut as the jealous princess Amneris. Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. returns to sing the role of Amonasro following his appearance as Jake in Porgy and Bess (2019). Bass Morris Robinson reprises the role of Ramfis, which he last sang for the company in 2013. Robinson is the company’s Artistic Advisor and sings the role of Porgy inPorgy and Bess during the 2019 Summer Festival. Christopher Allen returns to conduct following his previous work on The Magic Flute (2017) and Tosca (2016).

Subscriptions to the 2020 Summer Festival will be available beginning in fall 2019, with single tickets on sale in spring 2020. For more information, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

Championing Women’s Voices Initiative
In 2017, Cincinnati Opera presented its first-ever opera by a female composer with Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli. The following year, the company presented its second, As One by Laura Kaminsky. During its centennial season, Cincinnati Opera will present a series of female-created works under the umbrella of the Championing Women’s Voices initiative. These include: the world premiere of Fierce, created by teenage girls from WordPlay and MRC and librettist Sheila Williams, directed by D. Lynn Meyers, with promotional support from the teenage girls from i.imagine; the world premiere of Castor and Patience with a libretto by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith; and the presentation of Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle by composers Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman, and Ellen Reid, with text by Kimberly Reed. As part of Cincinnati Opera’s 100th anniversary, which coincides with the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S., this initiative celebrates the creativity and power of female artists. It will be supported in perpetuity by the Patricia K. Beggs Fund for Championing Women’s Voices.

Patricia K. Beggs Fund for Championing Women’s Voices
As announced in March, Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director & CEO, will retire following the company’s 2020 season, and the Board of Trustees has established a fund to honor her 35-year career and significant accomplishments. Throughout her career, Beggs has been a champion of artistic excellence, community, diversity, and new works, and has supported the work of female conductors, designers, and directors. Therefore, the focus of the fund is artistic excellence and community engagement, with an emphasis on female creators. The money raised by the fund will be used to showcase the work of established and emerging female creators, including composers, librettists, conductors, and directors, as well as to promote diversity and gender parity in the field. 

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 28, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro,Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the world premiere of Blind Injustice by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote, based on true stories of the Ohio Innocence Project, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The 2019 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

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

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Open Casting Call for Supernumerary Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Season

co_logo27 Roles To Be Filled. No Experience Necessary!

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera will hold an open casting call for supernumerary roles in the company’s 2019 Summer Festival. An information and casting session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Presidents’ Garret on the 4th floor of the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Cincinnati Opera seeks applicants for the following roles:

The Marriage of Figaro
Commitment period: May 21–June 15
Performances: June 13 & 15
4 supers needed

  • 4 liveried servants: Playing an integral role throughout the opera, these supers will lift and move items, with a bit of acting. They will move furniture and walls for set changes. All four should present as male.

Romeo and Juliet
Commitment period: June 5–June 29
Performances: June 27 & 29
4 supers needed

  • 1 older monk
  • 1 Lady Capulet
  • 1 Lady Montague
  • 1 Lord Montague/older monk 

Ariadne auf Naxos
Commitment period: June 11–July 14
Performances: July 6, 11, 13 & 14
8 supers needed

  • 4 men to act as household staff
  • 2 men to portray party hosts
  • 2 women to portray party hostesses

Porgy and Bess
Commitment period: June 21–July 28
Performances: July 20, 25, 27 & 28
11 supers needed

  • 4 African American adults to play residents of Catfish Row (dance experience preferred)
  • 6 African American children ages 5-14 (3 boys & 3 girls), residents of Catfish Row
  • 1 Caucasian man to play a police officer

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. The Marriage of FigaroRomeo and Juliet, and Porgy and Bess will be presented in Springer Auditorium at Music Hall, with a capacity of about 2,300 people per performance. Ariadne auf Naxos will be presented in the Corbett Theater at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, with a 750-seat capacity. Supers are required to attend approximately 10-15 rehearsals. Daytime rehearsals may be scheduled. No experience is necessary and all super positions are filled on a voluntary basis.

Attending the casting call does not obligate a person to participate. Interested individuals can attend the casting call simply to learn more about supernumerary opportunities. For more information, please visitcincinnatiopera.org or email supers@cincinnatiopera.org. 

2019 Supernumerary Open Casting Call and Information Session
When: Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Presidents’ Garret, Corbett Opera Center, Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of opera every June and July in multiple venues, including the recently renovated historic Music Hall. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary works brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Summer Festival runs June 13 through July 28, featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s

The Marriage of Figaro, Charles Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, the world premiere of Blind Injustice by Scott Davenport Richards and David Cote, and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 Season Presenting Sponsor is Huntington Bank. The 2019 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. 

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

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