Cincinnati Opera’s Killer Summer Lineup

Back in the renovated Music Hall, Cincinnati Opera boasts an innovative yet classic summer lineup, with performances suitable for every taste.


Illustrations by Zachary Ghaderi

La Traviata
While operagoers adjust to the new face of Music Hall, they’ll find comfort in this Italian classic. French soprano Norah Amsellem brings Violetta to life in Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless story of the woman who has everything but true love. She’ll find it in the arms of a friend before family affairs bring the lovers to (spoiler alert) a somber end.

Chosen because of its familiarity, Artistic Director Evans Mirageas says this masterpiece is the best way to show off Music Hall’s new acoustics as the opera returns home.
June 14, 16, 20 & 22, 7:30 pm
Music Hall

The Coronation of Poppea
Violence, politics, power, and sex drive this Baroque style opera that could easily be your next Netflix binge. “It’s as vivid for today’s audience as it was in 1643 because in some ways nothing changes,” Mirageas says.

As Emperor Nero (Anthony Roth Costanzo) decides to ban his wife Ottavio (Sarah Mesko) for a new lover Poppea (Talise Trevigne), Rome pays the ultimate price in this 17th century love triangle brought to the present by the theater’s intimacy and an all-star cast.
June 21, 23, 26 & 28, 7:30 pm; July 1, 3 pm
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

The Flying Dutchman
The full cry of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra brings this German classic by Richard Wagner back to Music Hall after 20 years. Senta (Marcy Stonikas) believes she’s the Dutchman’s (Nathan Berg) true love, and the one to break him from his destiny to spend life at sea alone. But how far will she go for the one she loves?

Partnering with the Atlanta and Houston opera companies, this rendition has “exquisite use of projections to create the mood and atmosphere of this tragedy,” Mirageas says.
July 5 & 7, 7:30 pm
Music Hall

As One
Amber Faquelle and Matthew Worth star in this story based on the life of transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed. Each representing a different gender expression of the character, the performers switch back and forth throughout the opera, exploring the modern concept of gender identity and taking on a coming of age tale in a new and refreshing way.

“This will draw people to an unusual place,” Mirageas says, “but also help redefine the dramatic concept of what an opera is.”
July 25, 27, 29 & 30, 7:30 pm; July 28, 3 pm
Music Hall, Wilks Studio

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