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Onstage: Alcina Almighty

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As Valentine’s season approaches, Alcina is more operatic astringent than aperitif, beginning as the ultimate revenge fantasy, featuring a dazzling siren who lures men onto her island and when she’s had enough, changes the hapless lovers into animals, vegetables or minerals. Newly appointed J. Ralph Corbett Professor of Opera Robin Guarino makes her CCM stage debut directing Handel’s 1736 opera, moving the setting 200 years forward into the era of Noel Coward’s classy ladies and clueless men. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free but reservations are required.  

The Real Deal

Robin Guarino brings vast experience to her new job at CCM

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Collaboration is a very active verb in Robin Guarino’s vocabulary.The new J. Ralph Corbett distinguished chair in opera at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is widely acclaimed for her work with stage designers, choreographers and performers and recognized as an innovative educator training students in the arduous pursuit of a professional opera career.   

Steely Sweetness

Tai Murray tells stories through her violin

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Some kids might admit to their parents that they want to play a musical instrument. Some might even want to make it their lives. Tai Murray was like that at the age of 2 — but she also had an uncanny sense others lack. "At a very young age, I knew it would entail a lot of work," Murray says.  

Onstage: Tai Murray with the CSO

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Some kids might admit to their parents that they want to play a musical instrument. Some might even want to make it their lives. Tai Murray was like that at the age of 2 — but she also had an uncanny sense others lack. “At a very young age, I knew it would entail a lot of work,” Murray says. “All that stuff — practice, hard work. I just knew it. I was serious and I kept badgering my mom for the next three years until she said OK and I got the crackerjack box with a ruler and never looked back.” The self-aware toddler has grown into an assured and accomplished violinist, earning critical acclaim for her technique, her virtuosity and her “depth of tone, mature sound and steely sweetness.” She performs Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Music Hall.  

Onstage: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The “Resurrection” symphony has moved audiences for over 100 years. Gilbert Kaplan leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the May Festival Chorus and soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme and Christianne Stotijn in the “Resurrection” Symphony with a multi-media presentation on Mahler and his music beforehand. 6:30 p.m. presentation; 8 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday. $12-$95.  

Onstage: A Flying Start

Cincinnati Opera opens 2008 season with Madame Butterfly

0 Comments · Friday, June 13, 2008
Evans Mirageas has been Cincinnati Opera's artistic director for almost three years, but this is the first season that he can truly call his own. Former Artistic Director Nic Muni set the 2006   

The Race Card (Review)

Richard Thompson Ford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
When victims of Hurricane Katrina face delays in getting federal assistance, when Oprah Winfrey is denied service at Hermés' flagship store in Paris as the store is closing and when no cab stops for Danny Glover in midtown Manhattan, the reflex action is to call it racism. Sounds like it is. But what if it isn't?   

Art: Love Is a Risky Business

Dido and Aeneas is a one-hour opera with enough emotion for three

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Two acclaimed performers of contemporary music return to Cincinnati to make the case for a baroque opera more than 300 years old. Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mischa Santora, combine  

Onstage: Rising to the Call of Freedom

Cincinnati Opera tells the story of local hero John P. Parker's life

0 Comments · Friday, October 12, 2007
John P. Parker was larger than life, a slave who bought his freedom at the age of 18 in 1845 and moved to Ripley, Ohio, where he became the owner of a successful ironworks factory. Many of his i