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cincinnati opera 2013 season

JuNe 13–July 28

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THE OPERA CAMPUS

Be the first to see opera in SCPA’s intimate Corbett Theater P. 2

A spectacular Aida “the most sensational production this city has ever seen!” P. 9


Stars of the 2013 Season

Angela Meade: “In the world of talented young singers, there may be none with greater promise.” –Seattle Times

Sarah Coburn: “Once every decade

or two, a voice comes along that is so breathtaking ... you feel lucky to witness it.” –Cincinnati Enquirer

Twyla Robinson: “A major catch.” –Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Latonia Moore: “Her voice was radiant, plush, and sizable.” –New York Times

Lucas Meachem: “The sweet quality of his deep voice comes with a blast furnace of dramatic power.” –Seattle Times

Nicole Cabell: “For sheer sumptuous

gorgeousness, Cabell’s voice is hard to beat.” –Mercury News


Welcome to Cincinnati Opera’s next stage. This summer, Cincinnati Opera begins a thrilling new era, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Subscribe now, and you’ll see some of the world’s most exciting singers in stunning productions. Beloved classics will return to Music Hall: Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, and Aida. And for the first time, we’re proud to premiere a striking production of Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei in our new, second performance home: SCPA’s 750-seat, acoustical gem, Corbett Theater. Make history by being a part of this groundbreaking season. Subscribe today!

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Don Giovanni June 13 & 15 at 7:30 p.m. Music Hall

Lucas Meachem as Don Giovanni.


AN ALL-TIME Favorite RETURNS

“Every village, every town, every country bears witness to his amorous adventures!” –Don Giovanni, Act I

Legendary lover. Sadistic manipulator. Cold-blooded villain. Has there ever been a more irrepressible rogue than Don Giovanni? Mozart’s 1787 opera, subtitled “Il Dissoluto Punito”(“The Reprobate Punished”), follows Giovanni as he forces his way into the hearts of women and taunts the men who love them. When an attempted conquest ends in murder, Giovanni receives a ghostly visitor who delivers his comeuppance.

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Last seen at Music Hall in 2004, Don Giovanni stars suave baritone Lucas Meachem in the title role. The Financial Times called his portrayal “both dangerous and alluring, with daredevil charm matched by vocal noblesse.” Nicole Cabell lends her “luminous voice” (New York Times) to the role of Donna Elvira, and Angela Meade, proclaimed “astounding” by The New Yorker, sings Donna Anna. Burak Bilgili is Giovanni’s reluctant wingman, Leporello. the OPERA

Don Giovanni

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte Don Giovanni Lucas Meachem Donna Anna Angela Meade Donna Elvira Nicole Cabell Don Ottavio Aaron Blake Leporello Burak Bilgili Zerlina Alexandra Schoeny Masetto Ryan Kuster Commendatore Nathan Stark

Conductor Roberto Minczuk Stage Director Tomer Zvulun Scenic Designer Nicholas Muni Costume Designer David Burdick Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase Hair & Make-up Designer James D. Geier Chorus Master Henri Venanzi Fight Director Drew Fracher Sung in Italian with projected translation.

Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Music Hall

Lucas Meachem Don Giovanni

Angela Meade Donna Anna

Nicole Cabell Donna Elvira

Burak Bilgili Leporello

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Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss

June 27 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. Music Hall


GORGEOUS MUSIC AND CLEVER COMEDY

“I want to hide myself in him and know no more of this world.” –Der Rosenkavalier, Act II

the story It starts off simply enough: Boy

meets girl and falls head over heels. But in opera—as in life—the path to happilyever-after can be a thorny one. A Viennese noblewoman relishes the affection of her young lover, but quietly dreads the day his heart will find true love. And then, it happens: the young man spies the lovely Sophie, and he’s forever changed. After learning she’s promised to an oafish old baron, he hatches a hilarious plot to set her free, with the help of a surprising ally. the opera If you’ve laughed at The Barber of

Seville’s antics or reveled in Strauss’s beautiful melodies, you’ll adore Der Rosenkavalier (“The Knight of the Rose”), which blossoms with sublime music and bittersweet charm. As the Marschallin, Twyla Robinson offers a voice of “easy grace and beauty” (San Diego Union-Tribune). Sarah Coburn, the “sweet ... radiant ... flawless” soprano (Washington Post ), is Sophie, with Ruxandra Donose lending her “bright, supple voice” (Musical America) to the “pants” role of Octavian.

Der RosenKavalier

Music by Richard Strauss Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal Marschallin Twyla Robinson Baron Ochs Rúni Brattaberg Octavian Ruxandra Donose Sophie Sarah Coburn Herr von Faninal Hans-Joachim Ketelsen Italian Singer Marco Panuccio Marianne Meghan Tarkington Valzacchi Richard Clement Annina Fredrika Brillembourg Conductor Christof Perick Stage Director Chris Alexander Scenic Designer William Forrester Costume Designer Linda Pisano Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase Hair & Make-up Designer James D. Geier Chorus Master Henri Venanzi Sung in German with projected translation.

Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Twyla Robinson Marschallin

Rúni Brattaberg Baron Ochs

Ruxandra Donose Octavian

Sarah Coburn Sophie

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Philip Glass

Galileo Galilei July 11, 14, 17 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at 3:00 p.m. SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Costume sketches for Galileo Galilei by Rebecca Senske.


New Production, new venue

“All those years I looked so hard ... at the lessons of the stars above, missing the lessons below.” –Galileo Galilei, Scene 1

Galileo Galilei

the story Blind from years of staring

heavenward and on the verge of death, Galileo pieces together the visions, dreams, and questions that have brought him to this place. So begins a retrospective journey through the remarkable events of Galileo’s life: his imprisonment for heresy, his defense of science, and back to his earliest days of inspiration, invention, and discovery. Through the lens of one man’s extraordinary experience, Galileo Galilei explores profound questions of religion and science, faith and truth. the opera At its 2002 premiere, the New York Times called Galileo Galilei “invigorating” with “sweetly lyrical touches.” Our production marks many historic firsts: The company’s first opera by Academy Awardnominated composer Philip Glass, one of the most influential musicians of our time. The premiere of brand-new sets, costumes, and lighting. And the debut of our second performance home, the intimate Corbett Theater at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Music by Philip Glass Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein Marie Celeste/Duchess Christina Alexandra Schoeny Young Galileo/Salviati Andrew Garland Old Galileo Richard Troxell

Conductor Kelly Kuo Stage Director Ted Huffman Scenic Designer David A. Centers Costume Designer Rebecca Senske Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase Hair & Make-up Designer James D. Geier

Sung in English with projected transcription.

Made possible with generous support from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

Tickets are extremely limited. Subscribe today to secure your seat! Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Philip Glass Composer

Alexandra Schoeny Andrew Garland Marie Celeste Young Galileo

Richard Troxell Old Galileo

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Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

July 18, 20 & 26 at 7:30 p.m. July 28 at 3:00 p.m.


Powerhouse Voices

“Can I forget this ardent love which, like a shaft of sunlight, made me happy here?” –Aida, Act I

the story Love or loyalty–which should

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prevail when everything is at stake? Aida, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by Egypt, finds herself helplessly drawn to Radamès, an enemy soldier. Caught between warring nations, she faces an impossible choice. Should she betray Radamès to protect her precious homeland? Or surrender completely to love?

Aida Latonia Moore Amneris Michelle DeYoung Radamès Antonello Palombi Amonasro Gordon Hawkins Ramfis Morris Robinson The King of Egypt Gustav Andreassen High Priestess Alexandra Schoeny Messenger Ric Furman

the opera With its soaring music, exotic

setting, and parade of live horses during the Act II “Triumphal March,” Aida gloriously delivers on all that opera is meant to be; the Cincinnati Enquirer hailed it as “the most sensational production this city has ever seen.” Our cast stars Latonia Moore, who “received an ecstatic ovation” (New York Times) at her surprise Met debut as Aida last season. Antonello Palombi, “one of today’s finest dramatic tenors” (Music in Cincinnati), sings Radamès, and Michelle DeYoung brings her “dark-hued, angelic voice” (New York Times) to the role of Amneris. Esteemed conductor Carlo Rizzi leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Conductor Carlo Rizzi Stage Director Bliss Hebert Scenic & Costume Designer Allen Charles Klein Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase Hair & Make-up Designer James D. Geier Chorus Master Henri Venanzi Choreographer Rosa Mercedes Sung in Italian with projected translation.

Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Music Hall Latonia Moore Aida

Michelle DeYoung Amneris

Antonello Palombi Radamès

Gordon Hawkins Amonasro

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Opera in the Park

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Sunday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. Washington Park. FREE. Join us for a magical evening of music under the stars in the newlyrenovated Washington Park. This free concert will feature a selection of opera favorites performed by soloists from the Cincinnati Opera season, the Cincinnati Opera chorus, and the CSO. Event Sponsor: The Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation

Art Direction and Copy Katie Syroney Illustration and Design Aimee Sposito Martini Photos Artists p.1: Sarah Coburn: Dario Acosta; Angela Meade: Dario Acosta; Twyla Robinson: Kristin Hoebermann; Latonia Moore: Dallas Kilponen; Lucas Meachem: Damian Sandone; Nicole Cabell: Devon Cass. Don Giovanni p.3: Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera; Der Rosenkavalier p.5: Indiana University. All other photos by Philip Groshong.

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