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Onstage: Eugene Onegin

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 12, 2011
After years of writing about classical music and opera, I’m actually in an opera as a supernumerary, the operatic equivalent of an extra. My role: a Russian peasant peeling potatoes in the first scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.  

The Flowering of a Conductor

Joana Carneiro leads Cincinnati Opera's latest production

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Joana Carneiro has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. She was born in 1976, two years after her native Portugal overthrew dictatorship for democracy. Twenty-six years later she has her own orchestra, international guest engagements and, this week, she’s in the pit for Cincinnati Opera’s production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree.  

Onstage: A Flowering Tree

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Joana Carneiro has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. She was born in 1976, two years after her native Portugal overthrew dictatorship for democracy. "The country was open to opportunity for everyone — there were no barriers," Carneiro says, grateful for the opportunities for an aspiring conductor. Twenty-six years later she has her own orchestra, international guest engagements and, this week, she’s in the pit for Cincinnati Opera’s production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree.  

Verdi, Verdi Good

The leads in Rigoletto draw on personal experience for their roles

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
An intense father-daughter relationship is at the heart of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, which opens Cincinnati Opera’s summer season with performances Thursday and Saturday. Baritone Stephen Powell makes his role debut as Rigoletto, the acid-tongued jester, and soprano Sarah Coburn is his daughter Gilda.  

Opera-tunity Knocks

Cincinnati Opera’s 2011 season is another surefire summer bet

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
How does an opera company follow up a 90th anniversary season? For starters, it returns to the usual four-work schedule, which this year includes a company premiere. The season features two chestnuts, a work not performed since 1984 and an opera written in 2006.  

Onstage: Rigoletto

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 14, 2011
An intense father-daughter relationship is at the heart of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, which opens Cincinnati Opera’s summer season with performances Thursday and Saturday. Baritone Stephen Powell makes his role debut as Rigoletto, the acid-tongued jester, and soprano Sarah Coburn is his daughter Gilda. Rigoletto has a classic case of denial — as jester to the corrupt Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto encourages his boss’ serial seductions and attempts to keep his teenaged daughter sheltered from the world. He’s bound to fail — and he does, on an operatic scale.  

Above the Law

From future legal eagle to songbird, Lawrence Brownlee’s diverted flight path

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the summer of 2004, an unknown African-American tenor starred in Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment, best known for the killer aria “Ah! Mes Amis!” with its nine high C notes. Lawrence Brownlee made it sound effortless, spinning off octave jumps with crystalline purity.  

Onstage: Lawrence Brownlee

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In the summer of 2004, an unknown African-American tenor starred in Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Daughter of the Regiment, best known for the killer aria “Ah! Mes Amis!” with its nine high C notes. Lawrence Brownlee made it sound effortless, spinning off octave jumps with crystalline purity and laser-like accuracy. When he finished, there was a split second of silence verging on disbelief — followed by pandemonium.  

Onstage: Cincinnati May Festival

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 17, 2011
We said farewell to Paavo Jarvi and now venerable maestro James Conlon takes the helm for 2011’s May Festival, the annual choral extravaganza featuring the CSO, the May Festival Chorus and a host of world-class soloists. The festival opens with Verdi’s Requiem, a classic work as dramatic as any of Verdi’s operas.  

Hope in Motion

LGBT youth arts group delivers inspirational message

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
In 2003, Susan Haugh founded Dreams of Hope, “A Creative and Performing Arts Group For Queer Youth and Allies.” Haugh’s commitment is grounded in her experience as a music and dance teacher in Pittsburgh’s public schools. Haugh has been out lesbian since her teens.