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'Open to the New'

Cincinnati's “Classical” music scene moving in exciting new directions

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
What is “new music” within the classical music genre? Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto, which receives its world premiere at the Cincinnati Symphony next year? CCM composer Michael Fiday’s “9 Haiku” for flute and piano performed last year by concert: nova? Leonard Bernstein’s 1937 Trio Sonata that gets its first local performance by the Morgenstern Trio in March? And is there even an audience for contemporary music?  

All About the Magic

Cincinnati Opera offers a cinematic version of 'The Magic Flute'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is a perfect point of entry for kids. There’s plenty of fantasy, a happy ending, no one dies and the music is sublime. But for director Tomer Zvulun, it’s all about the magic. Although instruments get the magic started, Mozart’s utterly delightful score and characters like the bird catcher Papageno, his mate Papagena and a host of birds and animals are the opera’s true magical forces.  

Onstage: Cincinnati Opera's The Magic Flute

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Mozart's opera 'The Magic Flute' is a perfect point of entry for kids. There's plenty of fantasy, a happy ending, no one dies and the music is sublime. But for director Tomer Zvulun, it's all about the magic. "I was a really weird kid," he says. "My obsession was film, and I was into (Ingmar) Bergman, (Federico) Fellini and (Alfred) Hitchcock. I was 16 when I saw Bergman's film of 'The Magic Flute,' and suddenly it all made sense." Cincinnati Opera offers its production Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at Music Hall.  

Diary of a Super Woman

A first-person account of being a super for Cincinnati Opera

1 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 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 audition was easy: fill out a form and be photographed next to a measuring stick.  

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.