Twenty years ago, I wrote a cover story
about Cincinnati Opera’s 75th season and the pending hire of a new
artistic director following a multi-year series of self-studies and
community forums. Two decades and two artistic directors
later, the company has stayed on track, achieving many of its goals and,
in notable instances, exceeding them.
Puccini’s opera Turandot challenges even the biggest opera companies. But if the singers have the dramatic heft required and the orchestral and choral forces are on board, outsize sets and costumes hardly matter. Fortunately, UC’s College-Conservatory of Music has the musical resources to mount a concert performance of Turandot, presented in collaboration with Beijing’s Central Opera Troupe and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.