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

Music by Philip Glass
Libretto by Mary Zimmerman, with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein


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“All those years I looked so hard …
At the lessons of the stars above,
Missing the lessons below.”
- Galileo Galilei

THE OPERA
On the verge of death and blind from years of staring heavenward, Galileo pieces together the visions, dreams, and questions that have brought him to this place. And so begins a journey in reverse through the remarkable events of Galileo’s extraordinary life: his imprisonment for heresy, his defense of science through the Inquisition, and back to his earliest days of inspiration, invention, and discovery. Through the lens of one man’s incredible life, Galileo Galilei explores questions of religion and science, faith and truth.

THE CAST
At its 2002 New York premiere, the New York Times called Galileo Galilei “invigorating” with “sweetly lyrical touches.” Cincinnati Opera is thrilled to present a brand-new production of the opera from composer Philip Glass, one of the most influential musicians of our time. This production will also mark the first in our new, second performance home: the intimate Corbett Theater at Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Richard Troxell
Old Galileo
Andrew Garland
Young Galileo
Alexandra Schoeny
Marie Celeste

 


WATCH THE TRAILER

READ THE REVIEWS
Opera News: Galileo Galilei at Cincinnati Opera
Seen and Heard International: Galileo from Philip Glass: Visually Arresting and Dramatically Cohesive
Cincinnati Enquirer: Cast, production soar despite Glass’s dull score
Music in Cincinnati: Galileo Galilei Ushers in New Era for Cincinnati Opera
Jay Harvey Upstage
: Cincinnati Opera sheds light on a scientific rebel with Glass’s Galileo Galilei
Opera Lively: Galileo Galilei at the Cincinnati Opera

IN THE NEWS
Cincinnati Enquirer: Opera: The sphere for Galileo
Express Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera ventures outside the Mother Ship
CityBeat: Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei Is More Than a Musical Challenge
WCPO: Double Take: Cincinnati Opera crews working two productions at once

LISTEN

Around Cincinnati: Richard Troxell and Alexandra Schoeny talk to Anne Arenstein about Galileo Galilei