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THE MAGIC FLUTE
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Surprise singing by Cincinnati Opera "La Traviata" stars Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello
Surprise singing by Cincinnati Opera "La Traviata" stars Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello
Published: 2012/07/23
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
The Making of TOSCA
The Making of TOSCA
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes at the Cincinnati Opera
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
Cincinnati Boychoir in Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Boychoir in Cincinnati Opera's TOSCA
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Cincinnati Boychoir
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera's 'Don Pasquale'
Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera History - Martina Arroyo
Cincinnati Opera History - Martina Arroyo
Published: 2010/06/26
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Profile: Cincinnati Opera performer Dan Okulitch
Profile: Cincinnati Opera performer Dan Okulitch
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
Cincinnati Opera History - Placido Domingo
Cincinnati Opera History - Placido Domingo
Published: 2010/06/25
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
LA BOHEME
LA BOHEME
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera - Thoughts on Madame Butterfly
Cincinnati Opera - Thoughts on Madame Butterfly
Published: 2008/06/04
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
A Sneak Peek of Cincinnati Opera
A Sneak Peek of Cincinnati Opera's Madame Butterfly
Published: 2008/06/10
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Children Discuss Cincinnati Opera
Children Discuss Cincinnati Opera's 'Turandot'
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
MORNING STAR World Premiere at Cincinnati Opera
MORNING STAR World Premiere at Cincinnati Opera
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera. World Class. Every Summer.
Cincinnati Opera. World Class. Every Summer.
Published: 2009/03/06
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera presents DON GIOVANNI - Trailer
Cincinnati Opera presents DON GIOVANNI - Trailer
Published: 2013/06/10
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera's 'Turandot'
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
The Opera Express Presented by the Cincinnati Opera
The Opera Express Presented by the Cincinnati Opera
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Trailer - Cincinnati Opera presents The Gershwins
Trailer - Cincinnati Opera presents The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera Historical Montage
Cincinnati Opera Historical Montage
Published: 2010/06/26
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
So Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera
So Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera
Published: 2014/06/27
Channel: LOCAL 12
Cincinnati Opera - Adrienne Danrich "We Shall Behold Him"
Cincinnati Opera - Adrienne Danrich "We Shall Behold Him"
Published: 2008/03/24
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera "Morning Star" composer Ricky Ian Gordon
Cincinnati Opera "Morning Star" composer Ricky Ian Gordon
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
Behind the scenes of
Behind the scenes of 'The Magic Flute'
Published: 2011/07/27
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera's CARMEN - "Kids of Carmen"
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: Cincinnati Music Hall
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera's DER ROSENKAVALIER
Published: 2013/06/23
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Scenes from Cincinnati Opera
Scenes from Cincinnati Opera's "La Traviata"
Published: 2012/07/26
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera's MADAME BUTTERFLY - "Suzuki's Props"
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: Cincinnati Music Hall
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera's GALILEO GALILEI
Published: 2013/07/11
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera's 'A Flowering Tree'
Published: 2011/06/24
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera's 'Rigoletto'
Published: 2011/06/13
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera's 'Morning Star'
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera's Carmen in 15 seconds - Pretty
Published: 2014/05/12
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera presents
Cincinnati Opera presents 'A Flowering Tree'
Published: 2011/06/23
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
The Cincinnati Opera is Back
The Cincinnati Opera is Back
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera's CARMEN
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
An Inside Look at Cincinnati Opera
An Inside Look at Cincinnati Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor
Published: 2008/06/27
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
"Oh Lawd, I
"Oh Lawd, I'm On My Way" - Cincinnati Opera presents The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera's Carmen in 15 seconds - Singing
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera turns Katherine Nero into
Cincinnati Opera turns Katherine Nero into 'Carmen'
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
A sneak peek of
A sneak peek of 'Turandot'
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Retired police horse makes stage debut in Cincinnati Opera
Retired police horse makes stage debut in Cincinnati Opera's AIDA
Published: 2013/07/16
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera
Published: 2012/09/20
Channel: Jessica DeCandia
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera
Highlights from Cincinnati Opera's LA CALISTO
Published: 2014/07/18
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera - Cosi fan Tutte
Cincinnati Opera - Cosi fan Tutte
Published: 2007/06/21
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera
Cincinnati Opera's 2012 "Pagliacci" and "Gianni Schicchi"
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Cincinnati Opera and Stacey Rishoi as "Carmen"
Cincinnati Opera and Stacey Rishoi as "Carmen"
Published: 2014/06/10
Channel: WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera
Behind the scenes of Cincinnati Opera's CARMEN
Published: 2014/06/06
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Watch as mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung becomes Amneris for Cincinnati Opera
Watch as mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung becomes Amneris for Cincinnati Opera's AIDA
Published: 2013/07/14
Channel: CincinnatiOpera
Joana Carneiro conduce la Cincinnati Opera 2011
Joana Carneiro conduce la Cincinnati Opera 2011
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Lorena Mora-Mowry
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Cincinnati Music Hall, the home of Cincinnati Opera

Cincinnati Opera is an American opera company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and the second oldest opera company in the United States (after the New York Metropolitan Opera).[1] Beginning with its first season in 1920, Cincinnati Opera has produced operas in the summer months of June and July with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's providing orchestral accompaniment.

History[edit]

The company, originally named Cincinnati Opera Association, gave its first performance, Flotow's Martha, on Sunday, June 27, 1920. During its early years, the company was under the direction of Ralph Lyford, an American composer and conductor whose single opera Castle Agrazant would receive its world premiere at Cincinnati Music Hall on April 29, 1926, following Lyford's departure from Cincinnati Opera in 1925.[2] From 1956-1990 the company ran a singing competition known as the American Opera Auditions.

Andrew Foldi as Dr. Dulcamara and Bruce Cooper as his assistant Cochise in Act 1, Scene 2 of Cincinnati Opera's 1968 "Wild West" production of L'elisir d'amore directed by James de Blasis.

For most of its first fifty years, Cincinnati Opera's performances were held at the Cincinnati Zoo Pavilion. During that time, many prominent singers appeared in the company's productions including Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Norman Treigle, Sherrill Milnes, Montserrat Caballé, Jan Peerce, Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, Shirley Verrett, Lawrence Tibbett, Richard Tucker, Martina Arroyo, James Morris, Elinor Ross and Barbara Daniels. In 1972, Cincinnati Opera moved its performance base to Cincinnati Music Hall[3], a 3,417-seat theater listed as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. In its 2016 and 2017 seasons, while Music Hall was being restored and renovated, Cincinnati Opera performed throughout the Aronoff Center for the Arts instead. The Opera returned to Cincinnati Music Hall for its 2018 season, and has performed there since. [4]

The Opera under James de Blasis[edit]

James de Blasis became the company's Resident Stage Director in 1968. He then served as its General Director from 1973 to 1987. In 1988 he became its Artistic Director, a post which he held until 1996.

Under his tenure, the company produced rare operas such as Franco Alfano's Risurrezione in 1983 and Weinberger's Schwanda the Bagpiper in 1986. It also added musicals to its repertory in an effort to broaden its audience base. One of the highlights of the de Blasis era was a new interpretation of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore which changed the setting from the Basque region of Spain in the 1820s to the "Wild West" of late 19th century Texas. The production was filmed by PBS and nationally televised in 1968.

The company under Nicholas Muni[edit]

In 1996, the internationally-known stage director Nicholas Muni succeeded James de Blasis as Artistic Director of the company. Under his leadership Cincinnati Opera further enlarged its repertory with many company premieres outside the standard repertory including Janáček's Jenůfa, Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, Schoenberg's Erwartung, Heggie's Dead Man Walking, Strauss' Elektra, Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis, and the U.S. premiere of Peter Bengtson's The Maids.[5] The company also performed its first mainstage commission, Richard Danielpour's Margaret Garner (co-commissioned with Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Company of Philadelphia). The Cincinnati performances coincided with the opening of Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and starred Denyce Graves in the title role.

The company under Evans Mirageas[edit]

In 2006, Evans Mirageas, an influential casting director and former head of Decca's Artists & Repertoire division, became Cincinnati Opera's new Artistic Director. Following his first season with the company, Opera News magazine listed him as one of the "25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera".[6]

The 2008 Summer Festival, the first to be fully programmed by Mirageas, included the French version of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor plus the company premiere of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas. The company's 2009 season featured four operas set in Spain: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Carmen, and the regional premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar. The 2010 season presented a 90th Anniversary Gala Concert, featuring, among others, guest hosts Ryan Seacrest and Sherrill Milnes and singers Maria Luigia Borsi, Angela Brown, Christine Brewer, Denyce Graves, and Richard Leech. Following in 2011 was John Adams's A Flowering Tree, while the 2012 season offered the company's first performances of Porgy and Bess and Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires.

In 2012 Mirageas announced an expansion of the company's season to "festival" format featuring grand opera performances in Music Hall; lectures, films, and recitals in Memorial Hall; outdoor concerts in Washington Park; and small-scale productions in the 750-seat Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Performances in the Corbett Theater have included Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei (2013) and Francesco Cavalli's 1651 opera La Calisto (2014), and the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman's Morning Star.

While Cincinnati Music Hall is closed for an extensive renovation, Cincinnati Opera's performances will take place at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The company's 2016 season featured the world premiere of Fellow Travelers by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce and a new production of Tosca by Robert Perdziola. Its 2017 season consisted of La Bohème, a company premiere of Frida by Robert Xavier Rodríguez, a silent film-styled The Magic Flute, and a production of Missy Mazzoli's new opera Song from the Uproar.[7]

Cincinnati Opera will move back to Cincinnati Music Hall for its 2018 season, and will perform Verdi's La Traviata, a new production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, the U.S. premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, a new production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, and a company premiere of Laura Kaminsky's As One, a coming-of-age opera about a transgender woman.[8]

Opera Fusion: New Works[edit]

Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) was developed in 2011 as a collaborative partnership between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The organization is dedicated to fostering the development of new American operas, and has developed nine pieces to date through a rigorous residency and workshop process. This collaboration is jointly led by Marcus Küchle, Director of Artistic Operations at Cincinnati Opera, as well as Robin Guarino, the J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera at CCM. OF:NW has developed nine new American operas to date.

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