One way that the Cincinnati Opera connects with broader audiences is by staging periodic Opera Rap programs on subjects that aren't exactly operatic, although one Sunday promises to be dramatic: ETHICS IN THE ARTS -- CENSORED! will be offered at 4 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. Sixth St., Down-town). The program is co-hosted by the Opera and the Ethics Center of Hebrew Union College and the University of Cincinnati, and moderated by JOSEPH TOMAIN, dean of UC's College of Law.
Dreamed of performing at Music Hall? Here's your chance: On April 28 at 7 p.m. you can attend an informational and casting session at Music Hall for the Cincinnati Opera's summer season. They're looking for a variety of "supers" (shorthand for "supernumeraries" -- extras who fill non-singing roles), including 70 men and women for The Emperor of Atlantis and The Maids (June 24 and 26). No experience required, but space on April 28 is limited. Sign up in advance with Miah Schneider: 513-744-3220. ...
If you're in Middletown on the evenings of April 30 or May 1 for SORG OPERA's performance of Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, you'll get a bonus -- an interactive workshop of a new opera, A STRANGER'S TALE, by Curtis Tucker and Nelson Sheeley. The Friday program features Cincinnati Opera's Muni and Ensemble Theatre's D. LYNN MEYERS as commentators; Saturday's feedback will be offered by opera writer Charles Parsons and CCM opera professor Sandra Bernhard. Tale will get a world premiere production at Sorg in 2005. Tickets: 513-425-0180.