OPERA (not your grandfather’s…)


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Cincinnati offers a moveable feast of music during the summer months, especially Classical music, but Classical with equal doses of contemporary sensibilities.

So far this year the Cincinnati Opera delivered a top notch production of Traviata and then followed it with a well-sung Flying Dutchman. Just weeks before those, the scrappy Queen City Opera brought a thoughtfully cast Iolanta to its namesake, with a splendidly cast group of young singers that rose up to the challenge of singing Tchaikovsky’s music in Russian.

Now, just around the corner, the Cincinnati Opera will have the Pink Floyd-inspired Another Brick in the Wall (https://youtu.be/rOtpn8EPob4) on the stage of Music Hall, and will follow that with a new work based on the life experiences of film maker Kimberly Reed, Laura Kaminsky‘s one-act opera As One (https://youtu.be/aIu5GNPL5MM). Learn more at http://www.cincinnatiopera.org.

It will be staged in a newly refurbished and intimate space in the same building.

Still more Opera..? Yes, but not your grandfather’s …

Instead, a brainchild of CSO clarinetist Ixi Chen, concert:nova (all in lower case but with lofty goals) steps up to the operatic plate with The Bradbury Tattoos: A Rock Opera, an operatic collaboration with fusion composer Zac Greenberg, librettist and playwright Michael Burnham, and tattoo artist Steven Mast, made from tales in Ray Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man.

For tickets and further information go to concertnova.com

On the heels of that, soprano and CCM voice professor Amy Johnson momentarily changes hats, producing hand-in-hand with Maestro Mark Gibson  Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Johnson’s husband, baritone Vernon Hartman will tread the boards in that show in the central role of the old codger who becomes infatuated with a beauty one fourth his age.

One performance  on Sunday July 29 at 4 pm, in the Cohen space at CCM

As the other principals and chorus, a group of some fifty young hopefuls will appear in the Donizetti, after holding their own in an Offenbach double bill on Friday, July 27 at 7 pm. All of that is part of a month- long Opera Boot Camp (https://youtu.be/0DwmRlBwzXE), run by the Johnson-Gibson team at CCM.

Word to the wise: FREE ADMISSION. OPEN SEATING. Also in the Cohen space at CCM.

For further information:
Queen City Opera – queencityopera.org
Cincinnati Opera – http://www.cincinnatiopera.org
concert:nova – concertnova.com
Opera Boot Camp – Phone: 513-556-5662 Email: ccmsummer@uc.edu

One thought on “OPERA (not your grandfather’s…)

  1. Don Rafael:

    Thank you for the call out for Bootcamp. A minor correction: Amy Johnson and I are co-artistic directors, not Amy and Vernon.
    Very best,


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