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Cincinnati Opera and CCM Announce Next Opera Fusion: New Works Workshop, ROBESON Opera

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

Free public performance of excerpts at Music Hall on Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m.

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

The featured opera currently has the working title of ROBESON Opera and includes music by Scott Davenport Richards and a libretto by Richards and David Cote, with CCM Professor Robin Guarino as dramaturg. Guarino will also serve as stage director. ROBESON Opera will receive a 10-day workshop culminating in a public performance of excerpts on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 3 p.m. in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.

ROBESON Opera is the next work from the creative team behind the critically acclaimed 2019 opera Blind Injustice. It 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 Opera also resonates with today’s ongoing fights for social justice.

Admission to the public presentation of excerpts on May 14 is free, and reservations are required. Reservations are available through the Cincinnati Opera Box Office by calling 513-241-2742 or visiting cincinnatiopera.org.

Opera Fusion: New Works presents
ROBESON Opera

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

Public performance of excerpts: Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m.
Location: Music Hall’s Wilks Studio, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati
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, all of which is streamed online. 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 of Cincinnati Opera’s 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 generous 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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THE BURIALS Runs April 21-24

CCM_The Burials logoTHE BURIALS
UC College-Conservatory of Music
April 21-24
Cohen Family Studio Theater [University Heights]

Directed by Richard Hess

The Burials tells the all-too-common story of a shooting rampage in an American high school. In the wake of the shooting, survivors and family members search for healing as they are thrust into the national spotlight by social media and news outlets. The play examines the struggles between the need for civic responsibility and personal freedom in an America intent on avoiding solutions to problems at the cost of those closely affected — American youth. Content advisory: For mature audiences. The play includes depictions of gun violence.

  • Thu-Fri, April 21-22 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, April 23 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 24 at 2pm

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MOVING THE MOUNTAIN On March 20

MISC_Moving the Mountain promoMy name is Abby and I’m a non-binary puppeteer based here in Cincinnati. I’m performing my solo show, MOVING THE MOUNTAIN, here in Cincinnati before I leave to go back on tour, and wanted to invite you all!

The performance is at Liberty Exhibition Hall on March 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and available online at www.abbypalen.com/actor. I hope to see you there!

Award-winning, punky, and bright, MOVING THE MOUNTAIN uses unconventional storytelling to illustrate joy’s ability to smash our demons so we can kiss them goodbye. Abby, a charismatic storyteller, physically dismantles a symbolic mountain of lies and insecurities. The kinetic narrative travels from playful to introspective, and the mode of communication defies expectation.

MOVING THE MOUNTAIN is a unique, delicate, and intimate piece of theatre; packaged like a comedy, but with the depth of a drama.

MOVING THE MOUNTAIN is the winner of the Social Good Award at Tampa Fringe, the Best Voice Award at Atlanta Fringe, and was funded by the 3 Arts Grant in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of the Rising Empowerment Award.

You can learn more at my website, https://www.abbypalen.com/actor

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TRANSMIGRATION 2022 Runs March 9-11

CCM_TRansmigration 2022 logoTRANSMIGRATION 2022: A Festival of Student-Created New Works
UC College-Conservatory of Music
March 9-11
CCM Village [University Heights]

Produced by Brant Russell

Transmigration, so named for “the movement from one place to another” or “the transition from one state of being to another,” features six teams of CCM Acting students who craft and then perform original 30-minute shows simultaneously in different locations throughout CCM Village. The artists of tomorrow are talking, come hear what they have to say. Transmigration audience members will have the opportunity to experience four different works of their choosing in one spectacular evening:

  • THE DOGHOUSE – The Good, the Bad, and the Ruff
  • 404 PLAY-NOT-FOUND – Connection Interrupted
  • K.I.D.S – Korrupt Individuals Destroy Society
  • XMAS – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 6:23 ESV
  • QUIET! THE KIDS ARE TALKING – How much chaos can this family handle?
  • UP YOURS! – Put a sock in it

3/9/21 – Covid-19 Update

  • Wed-Fri, March 9-11 at 7-8:30pm

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Runs April 7-10

CCM_Sunday in the Park with George logoSUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
UC College-Conservatory of Music
April 7-10
Cohen Family Studio Theater [University Heights]

Directed & choreographed by Vincent DeGeorge
Music directed by Julie Spangler

Inspired by the painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of enigmatic painter Seurat won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

3/9/21 – Covid-19 Update

  • Thu-Sat, April 7-9 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, April 10 at 2pm

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