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Jonathan Miller's Dramatic Truth

Veteran British director helps Cincinnati Opera tackle 'La Boheme'

0 Comments · Sunday, July 18, 2010
Puccini's 'La Boheme' is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The inspiration for 'Rent,' it's the perfect opera for first-timers, for date night, for anyone. And when the staging is by veteran British director Jonathan Miller, 'La Boheme' is a must-see, a Cincinnati Opera co-production with the English National Opera updated to Paris in the early 1930s with a cast of exciting young singers. Miller speaks with CityBeat about his insistence on hewing to the dramatic truth in opera productions.  

Leave 'Em Wanting Moor

Acclaimed conductor Robert Spano leads Cincinnati Opera's production of 'Otello'

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary season roars back with 'Otello,' Verdi's brilliant setting of Shakespeare's tragedy of toxic doubt and jealousy. There's plenty of drama onstage, but look for an equally compelling performance from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by Robert Spano, one of the most acclaimed conductors in the business. Spano spoke with CityBeat about his Cincinnati Opera debut.  

Onstage: Cincinnati Opera's Otello

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Cincinnati Opera presents what's considered by some to be Verdi's masterpiece. The composer came out of a 15-year retirement to create this Italian opera gem, a tragic work based on Shakespeare's 'Othello' set in Cyprus in the late 1400s. It's the story of forbidden love, war, betrayal and, above all, jealousy. Acclaimed conductor Robert Spano leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for performances Wednesday and Saturday at Music Hall.  

Onstage: Cincinnati Opera's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 22, 2010
'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg' requires an enormous amount of musical and stagecraft resources, and it's rarely presented by opera companies in the United States. Cincinnati Opera opens its 90th season with performances of Wagner's six-hour epic on Wednesday and Saturday at Music Hall.  

Supersize Me(istersinger)

Cincinnati Opera makes a huge production out of its 90th season opener

0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Richard Wagner's operas are hardly metaphors for fast food, but when it comes to the "ultra grande" menu nothing competes with his 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.' There might be no calories or saturated fats, but mounting a production of 'Meistersinger' can put a company at risk for cardiac arrest ... which it nearly did for Cincinnnati Opera.  

Nine Decades Strong

Cincinnati Opera celebrates its 90th season with three promising operas and a gala

0 Comments · Monday, June 14, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 90th anniversary season already has more drama than a Verdi potboiler in an Italian opera house about to go on strike. But despite casting woes for the opening work, there's plenty to celebrate: three great operas with world-class performers, conductors and directors. It all kicks off with a gala concert June 19 featuring acclaimed performers from the company's past and present.  

Onstage: Of Mice and Men

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
CCM presents 'Of Mice and Men' in a production by Nic Muni. John Steinbeck's bleak novella about the tragic bond between two itinerant farm hands "has one dramatic scene after another," says composer Carlisle Floyd, who wrote the libretto (which Steinbeck approved) and stripped away "the nonessentials." Thursday-Sunday.  

Wagner Blues

Despite cancellations by key players, Cincy Opera's 90th season debut is on track

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 5, 2010
April has been the cruelest month as far as Cincinnati Opera is concerned. Within a two-week span, the highly anticipated production of Richard Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg' lost three of its star performers, mostly for health reasons, and Artistic Director Evans Mirageas was stuck in London when volcanic ash grounded his flights. But pinch hitters are stepping up.  

Lectures: Cincinnati Opera Raps with Speight Jenkins

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
General director of Seattle Opera since 1983, Speight Jenkins will speak as part of the Opera Rap series Thursday at Music Hall, and when it comes to “Explaining Wagner” (as his “Rap” is called) there’s hardly anyone more uniquely qualified than the lanky, bespectacled Texan.  

The King of the Ring

Seattle Opera's general director comes to town to talk Wagner

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Speight Jenkins will be the first to tell you that there's grand opera and then there are Richard Wagner's operas, those massive, sprawling epics populated by feuding gods, warrior women sporting winged helmets, knights of the Grail and sexually frustrated lovers. These "integrated works of art," as Wagner called them, are the ultimate challenge for any opera company, demanding forces that could populate a small town.