Cincinnati Opera Announces 2019 Summer Festival
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles
Soprano Susanna Phillips will have her company debut in the role of the Countess. Janai Brugger will make her company debut as Susanna. Canadian-Tunisian mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, makes her company debut in the pants role of Cherubino.
Two CCM alumni will be featured in leading roles: Baritone Joseph Lattanzi sings the role of Count Almaviva. Bass-baritone Christian Pursell will sing the role of Figaro.
Also in the 2020 line up is the World Premiere of BLIND INJUSTICE, the first commission from Cincinnati Opera’s , CO Next: Diverse Voices. A collaboration with the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) and the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC), the work is composed by Scott Davenport Richards with a libretto by David Cote. Stage direction and dramaturgy is by CCM’s Robin Guarino.
ROMEO AND JULIET follows.
The production from Minnesota Opera, set in Shakespeare’s time, will feature Nicole Cabell as Juliet and Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun as Romeo
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS will play next
Soprano Twyla Robinson will be singing the dual role of Ariadne/Prima Donna. Kyle van Schoonhoven will make his company debut as Bacchus. Mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote will sing the role of the Composer in her company debut.
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
Talise Trevigne will make her company debut as Bess. Bass Morris Robinson, leads the cast as Porgy. Soprano Janai Brugger will sing the role of Clara. Crown will be portrayed by baritone Nmon Ford, and Sporting Life will be played by tenor Frederick Ballentine. Soprano Indra Thomas sings the role of Serena in her company debut.