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Cincinnati Opera Presents THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price

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Adrienne Danrich.

Cincinnati Opera Presents
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
The stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price

At College Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 17

Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich performs a musical tribute honoring the groundbreaking careers of opera singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price

Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Opera proudly presents THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, performed by Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich on Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. at College Hill Presbyterian Church.

Written and performed by Danrich, the one-woman show is a musical tribute to the groundbreaking careers of African American opera singers Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Danrich’s storytelling, the beauty of her voice, and multimedia images document the lives of these two renowned artists who overcame many racial barriers in the Jim Crow era, through the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond.

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE is presented as part of Cincinnati Opera’s 100th Anniversary Season.

Admission to THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE is free, though tickets are required (limit four tickets per household). Tickets are available beginning Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. by visiting cincinnatiopera.org or calling (513) 241-2742.

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 teams.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 100th Anniversary Summer Festival takes place June 18 through August 1, 2020, and features 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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Cincinnati Opera Presents Metropolitan Opera Star Stephen Costello in AN EVENING OF BEL CANTO ARIAS

Considered to be “among the world’s best tenors” (Daily Express, UK),
Costello performs opera favorites at Memorial Hall Oct. 29

co_logoCINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera proudly presents world-renowned tenor Stephen Costello in a special concert event this fall.

On Tuesday, October 29, Costello will perform an evening of opera favorites from the bel canto (Italian for “beautiful singing”) era, including excerpts from The Elixir of LoveRigolettoLucia di Lammermoor, and more. The concert reunites Costello with Cincinnati Opera after his acclaimed performances as Rodolfo in La Bohème (2010) and Alfredo in La Traviata (2012). The event also celebrates the recent release of Costello’s first solo album, A Te, O Cara, a collection of bel canto arias by Donizetti, Verdi, and Bellini on the Delos label.

CO_Stephen Costello headshot“A prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact” (Associated Press), Stephen Costello stands “among the world’s best tenors” (Daily Express, UK). The Philadelphia-born artist came to national attention in 2007, when, aged 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later, Costello won the opera industry’s prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and he has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including London’s Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.

Tickets for Stephen Costello: An Evening of Bel Canto Arias begin at $35. To order, visit cincinnatiopera.org or call (513) 241-2742.

Cincinnati Opera presents
STEPHEN COSTELLO: AN EVENING OF BEL CANTO ARIAS

Date & Time:
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 7:30 p.m
A reception with the artist will follow.

Location:
Memorial Hall | Over-the-Rhine
1225 Elm Street | Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets:
$35-$55

To order:
cincinnatiopera.org | (513) 241-2742

Sponsored by The Peter G. Courlas & Nicholas Tsimaras Fund

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 teams. 

Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 100th Anniversary Summer Festival takes place June 18 through August 1, 2020, and features 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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Cincinnati Opera Announces Chorus Auditions for 2020 Summer Festival

co_logoCINCINNATI—Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Summer Festival Chorus will be held at the Corbett Opera Center at Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 25, 26, and 27, 2019.

The Cincinnati Opera Chorus is a paid, professional chorus under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. Residents from outside of the greater Cincinnati area are welcome and encouraged to audition. However, applicants should be aware that most chorus members tend to be cast locally. Rehearsals and performances for the 2020 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May 2020 and extend through early August 2020 (exact dates to be announced).

Audition Process
Audition requests are now received exclusively through an online application process. Applications must be submitted no later than October 21, 2019. Please email auditions@cincinnatiopera.org with any questions.

Individuals interested in auditioning are asked to follow these steps:

  1. Complete the online application at
    https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/cincinnati-opera-chorus-2020/. Applicants must have an account with YAP Tracker, an online auditions management tool, and may sign up for free at this link: https://www.yaptracker.com/register-applicant. Applicants are required to upload a resume (PDF only, please) detailing performance experience. A headshot or photo is appreciated, but not required.
  2. Singers will be notified by email if an audition has been granted. They will then have the option to schedule their own audition time via YAP Tracker.
  3. Auditions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center at Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. Singers should prepare two (2) contrasting arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

Please note that there is a separate application and audition process for those interested in 2020 Young Artist positions. Visit cincinnatiopera.org/jobs for more information.

Cincinnati Opera is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish. 

2020 Summer Festival
Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 100th Anniversary Summer Festival takes place June 18 through August 1, 2020, and features 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.

For additional 2020 season and casting information, please visit cincinnatiopera.org. 

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 teams. 

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

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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.

cincinnatiopera.org

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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