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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.  

Onstage: Dreams of Hope

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
High school is a minefield for anyone who deviates, as any LGBT student will tell you. Despite the surge in anti-bullying workshops, a distressingly high number of incidents target LGBT youth in school and online, with equally distressing results: drug and alcohol abuse, school drop outs and suicide. Susan Haugh was one of a handful of early responders. In 2003, she founded Dreams of Hope, “A Creative and Performing Arts Group For Queer Youth and Allies.”   

Onstage: CSO Out On the Town

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We’re down to Paavo Jarvi's last two weekends with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and following this Saturday night's performance, the CSO presents its eighth annual Gay Pride event, dubbed "Out on the Town." The LGBT community, along with friends and supporters, are invited to the after-party in Music Hall's Grand Foyer. Singer/songwriter Cybele provides the entertainment and the refreshments are complimentary.  

Stewart Goodyear Makes For A Good Year

Stewart Goodyear debuts tribute to WGUC and Paavo Jrvi

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Pianist Stewart Goodyear made his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2004 with an electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He’s been back twice, but this weekend Goodyear returns not only as a soloist, but as a featured composer. The CSO will perform his fanfare Count Up.  

Making a Spirituals Connection

Ensemble shows broad influence of Negro Spirituals on music

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
American Negro Spirituals are one of American history’s great ironies. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Go Down, Moses” and “The Battle of Jericho” are among the world’s most beloved melodies, created in the harsh, degrading reality of slavery. We love these songs, but do we really know them?