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Onstage: Doubt

By Anne Arenstein · November 10th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends
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At the end of John Patrick Shanley’s multi-award winning play and film Doubt, the formidable Sister Aloysius cries, “Oh, Sister James. I have doubts! I have such doubts!”

Those two short lines are laden with pathos, emotion and high drama. It sounds operatic — and it will be. Opera Fusion: New Works chose the drama of struggle for faith and power for its inaugural workshop production, with libretto by Shanley and the score by protean composer Douglas Cuomo.

Cincinnati Opera and CCM’s opera department are the forces behind Opera Fusion: New Works, and the program moniker says it all. 

“We’re trying to foster new work that has a chance of entering the canon of operatic repertoire,” says Marcus Küchle, Cincinnati Opera’s head of artistic operations, who co-directs the initiative with Robin Guarino, J.

Ralph Corbett Distinguished Professor of Opera at CCM.

Cincinnati Opera’s role in co-producing the Toni Morrison-Richard Danielpour opera Margaret Garner in 2005 led to a three-year grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation, announced last May. The funding covers a 10-day intensive residency for the composer and librettist to fine-tune their work utilizing artistic and administrative resources provided by CCM and Cincinnati Opera. Guarino will direct and Seattle-based Gary Wedow will conduct.

Doubt will be performed 8 p.m. Saturday CCM’s at Werner Recital Hall (tickets are free but reservations required; to reserve seats, call 513-556-4183) and 3 p.m. Sunday at NKU’s Griffin Hall (tickets are also free but reservations required; to reserve seats, call 513-241-2742). Go here to read Anne Arenstein's full interview.



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