Opera in the ParkJoin us as we kick off the season with a magical evening of music in the newly-renovated Washington Park. This free outdoor concert for the community will feature a selection of opera favorites performed by stars from the 2013 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Music includes excerpts from Carmen, Don Giovanni, West Side Story, Turandot, and La Traviata, to name a few. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ When: Sunday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Admission: FREE
June 13 & 15 • 7:30 p.m. Music Hall
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
“Console yourself, for you neither are, nor were, nor will be, the first or the last of them … Every village, every town, every country bears witness to his amorous adventures.” - Leporello, Act I THE OPERA Legendary lover. Sadistic manipulator. Cold-blooded villain. Has there ever been a more irrepressible rogue than Don Giovanni? Mozart’s 1787 opera, subtitled “Il Dissoluto Punito” (“the reprobate punished”), follows Giovanni as he forces his way into the hearts of women and taunts the men who love them. When an attempted conquest ends in murder, Giovanni receives a spectral visitor who delivers his comeuppance. This time, love is hell. THE CAST Mozart’s beloved opera was last seen at Music Hall in 2004. Suave American baritone Lucas Meachem will make his company debut in the title role. The Financial Times has called his portrayal “both dangerous and alluring, with daredevil charm matched by vocal noblesse.” Cincinnati favorite soprano Nicole Cabell lends her “luminous voice” (The New York Times) to the role of Donna Elvira, while rising soprano Angela Meade, proclaimed “astounding” by The New Yorker, sings Donna Anna. Turkish bass Burak Bilgili is Giovanni’s reluctant wingman, Leporello.
June 27 & 29 • 7:30 p.m. Music Hall
Music by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
“I want to hide myself in him, and know no more of this world. When he holds me like this in his arms, nothing ugly can harm me.” - Sophie, Act II THE OPERA It starts off simply enough: Boy meets girl and falls head over heels. But in opera—as in life—the path to happily-ever-after can be a thorny one. A Viennese noblewoman relishes in the affections of her young lover, Octavian, but quietly dreads the day his heart finds true love. And then, it happens: Octavian spies the lovely Sophie, and he’s forever changed. After learning she’s promised to an oafish, old baron, Octavian hatches a hilarious plot to set her free, with the help of a surprising ally. THE CAST If you’ve loved The Marriage of Figaro or The Elixir of Love, you’ll adore Der Rosenkavalier (“the knight of the rose”), which blossoms with sublime music and bittersweet charm. At its heart is a trio of extraordinary singers, here sung by three Cincinnati favorites. As the Marschallin, soprano Twyla Robinson offers a voice of “easy grace and beauty” (San Diego Union-Tribune). Sarah Coburn, the “sweet … radiant … flawless” soprano (The Washington Post), is Sophie, with mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose lending her “bright, supple voice” (Musical America) to the “pants” role of Octavian.
July 11, 14, 17 & 19 • 7:30 p.m. July 21 • 3:00 p.m. SCPA’s Corbett Theater
Music by Philip Glass Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein
“All those years I looked so hard … At the lessons of the stars above, Missing the lessons below.” - Galileo, Scene 1 THE OPERA On the verge of death and blind from years of staring heavenward, Galileo pieces together the visions, dreams, and questions that have brought him to this place. And so begins a journey in reverse through the remarkable events of Galileo’s extraordinary life: his imprisonment for heresy, his defense of science through the Inquisition, and back to his earliest days of inspiration, invention, and discovery. Through the lens of one man’s incredible life, Galileo Galilei explores questions of religion and science, faith and truth. THE CAST At its 2002 premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the New York Times called Galileo Galilei “invigorating” with “sweetly lyrical touches.” Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to present a brand-new production of the opera from composer Philip Glass, one of the most influential musicians of our time. This production will also mark the first in our new, second performance home: the intimate Corbett Theater at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.
July 18, 20 & 26 • 7:30 p.m. July 28 • 3:00 p.m. Music Hall
Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
“Can I forget this ardent love which, like a shaft of sunlight, made me happy here, though I am captive and a slave?” - Aida, Act I THE OPERA Loyalty or love–which should prevail when everything is at stake? Aida, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by her enemy Egypt, finds herself helplessly drawn to Radames, her captor. Caught between warring nations, she faces an impossible choice. Should she betray Radames to protect her beloved homeland? Or surrender completely to true love? THE CAST With its soaring music, exotic setting, and parade of live horses during the Act II “Triumphal March,” Aida gloriously delivers on all that opera’s meant to be; the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed it as “the most sensational production this city has ever seen.” Our powerhouse cast stars soprano Latonia Moore in the title role. After her surprise Met debut as Aida last season, the New York Times raved that “the audience loved her.” Antonello Palombi, “one of today’s finest dramatic tenors” (Music in Cincinnati), sings Radames, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung brings her “dark-hued, angelic voice” (New York Times) to the role of Amneris. Esteemed conductor Carlo Rizzi leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.