"Carmen" opened last Thursday. I saw both the Opening Night Performance and the Saturday Performance both of which were excellent, but Saturday showed the cohesiveness which frequently occurs with opening night over and done with. There are still two more performances: one this Friday at 7:30 and a matinee on Sunday. This is a different "Carmen" which means she is more subtle, slinky, and almost likeable, but very sexy and VERY DANGEROUS. Go see for yourself. You'll love it.
Next on the board is "Silent Night" a Pulitzer Prize winning new opera (3 yrs) honoring and remembering World War I at this 100 year anniversary of the war's start. You will cry so bring the appropriate equipment.
Third is "Calisto" Cincinnati Opera's first venture into Baroque Opera. Try it. You'll like it as the Greek Gods cavort with humans to ridiculous and funny (sometimes) conclusions.
"Madame Butterfly" ends the season and I hope you retained the tears absorbing equipment you needed for "Silent Night" because you'll really need them for this one. Puccini knows how to make grown-ups cry. Try an Opera on for size...you won't regret it.
I submit that I am an opera aficionado and am a member of the Board of Cincinnati Opera. I love Opera and am writing this to open up the possibility for enjoyment that many folks are missing. Oftentimes, once someone tries his or her first opera they love it and return for more.
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