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Cincinnati Opera's 'Ainadamar' tells the story of Federico Garcia Lorca

0 Comments · Monday, July 6, 2009
Ainadamar is an old well located north of Granada. The name is Arabic for "Fountain of Tears," and it was there that Spain's preeminent poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca was murdered by Falangists in August 1936. Lorca and his death are at the core of Osvaldo Gulijov's opera 'Ainadamar,' presented this week at Music Hall by Cincinnati Opera.  

Onstage: Don Carlo

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition in Verdi's 'Don Carlo,' a work hailed as his greatest opera. All the classic operatic elements are there in plus sizes: love, betrayal, intrigue and the most dysfunctional royal family this side of the Pyrenees. Don Carlo's arranged marriage to Elisabetta de Valois was thwarted by his father, King Phillip II, who married her himself. Carlo had the bad luck to fall in love with his intended (and she with him), and in despair, he allies himself with the oppressed people of Flanders. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Music Hall.  

Onstage: The Marriage of Figaro

0 Comments · Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Cincinnati Opera season opens with Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro,' deemed "the perfect opera" for its witty libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte and its brilliant score. Figaro, the wily hero of 'The Barber of Seville,' and his equally clever fiancée Susanna are about to celebrate their wedding, but first they have to stop Figaro's boss, Count Almaviva, from claiming his feudal right to bed Susanna. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Music Hall.  

The Spanish Expedition

Cincinnati Opera’s Spanish-themed season offers creative, classic selections

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Cincinnati Opera’s summer season isn’t quite virtual travel, but you can experience Spain at four pivotal moments in its long history. Three operas are standard repertoire and one contemporary work has its regional premiere. And all were written by foreigners. “There’s a rich Spanish tradition of literature but it just didn’t make (it) into opera,” says Cincinnati Opera’s artistic director Evans Mirageas.   

Masters of Puppets

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Madcap Puppet Theatre join forces to take on Don Quixote

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Master Peter’s Puppet Theatre has its regional premiere in a co-production by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Madcap Puppet Theatre (both recent Corbett Awards for the Arts winners) and Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Master Peter is part of the CCO’s first Spanish Legends series, which begins June 7.  

Onstage: Spanish Legends

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Master Peter’s Puppet Theatre has its regional premiere in a co-production by Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Madcap Puppet Theatre and Bowling Green State University. Master Peter is part of the CCO’s first Spanish Legends series, which begins June 7. In this little-known episode, Don Quixote and his faithful page Sancho Panza arrive at an inn where a puppet theatre presents "The Legend of Melisandra." Melisandra is the emperor Charlemagne’s daughter imprisoned by the Moors until the emperor persuades her chess-obsessed husband Don Gayerfos to rescue her. This is not your kids’ puppet show, but it’s not Avenue Q either.  

Onstage: Falstaff

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The fat man sings in CCM ‘s spring opera production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Falstaff is a fast-paced comedy featuring the Bard’s favorite big guy who lusts after money, food and women (in that order). He goes after two married women to get at their fortunes but he’s no match for clever women, loony lovers and genuine dirty laundry. Verdi’s last work—written when he was in his 80s—is a rollicking score famous for its witty ensemble pieces. May 14-17.  

Onstage: The Barber of Seville

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In The Barber of Seville, the lovers Rosina and Count Almaviva enlist the wily barber Figaro to outwit Rosina’s guardian Dr. Bartolo, who’s determined to marry her for her fortune. Add to the mix a sleazy music teacher, a bumbling maid, lame disguises and the closest shave this side of Sweeney Todd. Thursday-Sunday at the Patricia Corbett Theater.  

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.