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Opera Scores a Triple Play

Three chamber companies cover early, standard and new operas

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Since 2012, opera has been turning up at The Famous Neons Unplugged, the Arts Center at Dunham, Westwood Presbyterian Church and beyond. Three companies with tiny staffs and huge ambitions demonstrate the art form’s enormous range and potential...  
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REVIEW: Cincinnati Opera's 'La Calisto'

Continues through July 27 at SCPA

{CommentsCant} · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Don't walk. Run to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) to catch the remaining performances of La Calisto, an opera composed in 1653 that's equal parts romance and raunch, performed by a superb cast of singers, instrumentalists and dancers who are all clearly having a wonderful time.
Composer Franceso Cavalli was savvy enough to take opera out of palaces and into public the...  

Onstage: Madame Butterfly

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A lot of confirmed opera haters give it up for Madame Butterfly. A novel and a play of the same name were huge hits in the early 1900s but Puccini’s intense, lush score outdistanced them all.  

CCM Alums Take on the Baritone Bad Boys of ‘La Calisto’

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“Who told you Baroque operas are dull?” Andrew Garland says. “Who told you that?” 
  

Singers Revive Roles for Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Silent Night’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Craig Irvin, Andrew Wilkowske and Gabriel Preisser are enjoying a career arc that any opera singer would kill for. All three performed in the world premiere of Silent Night, an opera that garnered rave reviews, a Pulitzer Prize, a PBS broadcast and subsequent productions, including this weekend’s from the Cincinnati Opera, in which the singers reprise their original roles.  

Onstage: Carmen

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Cincinnati Opera kicks off its season with Carmen, a rep mainstay about a gypsy woman who lives by her own rules.    

MUSE’s Season Ends with Diverse City’s Debut

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
MUSE, Cincinnati’s women’s chorus, presents Brave Happy Love this weekend with guest performers Diverse City, the area’s first chorus for LGBTQ youth and their allies.   

Midlife Crisis

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra turns 40 amid fiscal and leadership challenges

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concludes its 40th season on June 1 amid symptoms of classic midlife crisis. There’s no equivalent of a red Porsche, but there are serious concerns about the organization’s viability and how it might reinvent itself in a continually uncertain marketplace.
  

Historic Oratorio Takes the Stage Locally and in New York

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2014
On May 7, 1937 — exactly 77 years ago this week — the Cincinnati May Festival presented the American premiere of The Ordering of Moses, an oratorio by Robert Nathaniel Dett, an African American composer, conductor and professor.   

Exit Laughing

University of Cincinnati graduate student Omer Ben-Seadia directs 'Don Pasquale' at CCM

1 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Don Pasquale is Omer Ben-Seadia’s final production for CCM and a fitting conclusion to her CCM career, according to Robin Guarino, J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera.