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“Another Great Season Has Started”
Review of Cincinnati Opera

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Cincinnati Opera
Ranked #98 of 206 things to do in Cincinnati
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

"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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Reviewed June 22, 2013

We've seen Opera all over the US and in some foreign locales (England, France, Italy) and the Cincinnati Opera gets better, more Big Time and Excellent, every year! Go, the experience is worthwhile, literally a cast of thousands (well, over a hundred to be truthful, but that's a lot of people to be performing just for YOU!), world class singers (2013 = Angela Meade, Nicole Cabell, Christof Perick, Ruxandra Donose, Sarah Coburn, Marco Panuccio, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen, Carlo Rizzi, Morris Robinson, Antonello Palombi, Michelle DeYoung, Latonia Moore, Gordon Hawkins ... did someone say Metropolitan Opera?), great productions, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the pit, and fabulous Historic Music Hall. Opera in Cincinnati is truly competitive with Opera anywhere in the world. Go, .... if you like opera, you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I first attended Opera, believe it or not, at the Cincinnati Zoo. What? At the ZOO? That's right and it started in1920 and continued performing there with a few exceptions until 1972 when it moved to Music Hall in the Over the Rhine Area of downtown Cincinnat. The Opera has been collaborating with CCM in the evaluation of new operas.
Cincinnti Opera brought new works like
"Dead Man Walking" and "Margaret Garner" to Cincinnati. This year has "Don Giovanni," "Der Rosenkavalier," "Galileo Galilei,"
and "Aida" for its summer festival. Do come and enjoy world class opera that is magical, beautiful, and thrilling. Cincinnati Opera is known for its hospitality and welcomes you with open arms.


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Reviewed December 23, 2011

We look forward each summer to attending the Cincinnati Summer Opera Festival (In Cincinnati, Opera is performed usually June-July of each year) at the air-conditiooned Cincinnati Music Hall, Springer Auditorium. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), provides the intrumental music for each opera. Last year, we attended performances of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Rigoletto which was updated to the times of WWI by the artistic director Evans Mirageas, and Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. Both performances, were well received and enjoyed by us, crictics and other patrons alike.

Founded in 1920, as a Summer Festival, the Cincinnati Opera previously held performances in an outdoor roofed but,open sided pavillion at the Cincinnati Zoo. My introduction to Opera, began there, as I ushered for many performances while in High School, and in turn got to see the performances free. As many of the artists, musicians, and performers at that time will attest to, they competed with the summer sounds of the night and the animals, especially the trumpet swans. Also most nights, of the summer outdoor performances were; very hot and muggy, or rainy. Needless to say, I either was soaking in sweat, rain, or both. But, I did not complain, because it was free for me.

Thirty-nine years ago the Cincinnati Opera offices and performances moved to the oppulent and grandeur of The Cincinnati Music Hall (especially when compared with the Zoo). Internationally acclaimed, the Cincinnati Opera continues to attract each year opera tourists, performers and guest conductors from through-out the world under the stewardship of its current artistic director Evans Mirageas, for the two month Summer Festival.

We look forwarded to the 2012 performance schedule of Gershwin's, american opera, Porgy and Bess and Verdi's grand opera LaTravita.

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