Since its first production in 2013,
Cincinnati Chamber Opera has carved out its own unique identity among
local fledgling opera companies. University of Cincinnati’s
College-Conservatory of Music alums Autumn West and Shawn Mlynek founded
Cincinnati Chamber Opera to stage and perform works they wanted to do,
especially rarely heard Baroque works by Haydn and Monteverdi.
As Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra concluded
its 40th anniversary season last June, the organization faced
significant challenges. In addition to seeking a new music director, the
CCO confronted losses in attendance, funding and visibility.
Cincinnati Opera winds up its 95th season in truly grand operatic fashion with an opulent production of Puccini’s Turandot. The singing is (mostly) sublime, the spectacle is lavish and all the production elements are executed with stylish precision.
The opera is a fantasy based on a play by the Venetian Carlo Gozzi. Turandot is a Chinese princess be...
Cincinnati Opera's Don Pasquale was a delight and, so far, the season’s best overall production. Burak Bilgili’s Pasquale and Alexey Lavrov’s Malatesta share the honors for outstanding performances and the entire enchilada (as Peter Schickele would say) was directed by Chuck Hudson, with production elements and costumes built by Arizona Opera. The setting is 1950s Hollywood and Don...
Morning Star, the new opera by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist William Hoffman, had its world premiere last night before a near-capacity audience in the School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Corbett Theater. Based on a 1940 play by Sylvia Regan, the story follows a Jewish immigrant family in the early...
Twenty years ago, I wrote a cover story
about Cincinnati Opera’s 75th season and the pending hire of a new
artistic director following a multi-year series of self-studies and
community forums. Two decades and two artistic directors
later, the company has stayed on track, achieving many of its goals and,
in notable instances, exceeding them.