Reviews

2014 Summer Festival

Carmen

“On Thursday, Cincinnati Opera opened its summer festival with Carmen, featuring a cast with much potential.” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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“The production is straightforward, by-and-large unencumbered by directorial excess.” -Seen and Heard International
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“Cincinnati Opera’s 171st performance of the universal favorite (last was in 2009) was a spectacular success, with uniformly fine singing, acting, an eye-filling, ‘Technicolor” production.” -Music in Cincinnati
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“Cincinnati Opera rolls our the 2014 season with a dramatically fulfilling, well-sung Carmen.” -Jay Harvey Upstage
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“You can count on Cincinnati Opera to do the usual unusually, and do it well.” – The Oakwood Register
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Silent Night

“With a terrific cast of singing actors, a hauntingly beautiful score and an impressive high-tech scenic design, Silent Night was nothing short of breathtaking.” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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“The Cincinnati production brought together a superb ensemble of singing actors, several of whom had originated their roles in Minnesota.” -Classical Voice North America
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“Directed by Eric Simonson, with conductor David Charles Abell leading the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, it was moving, questioning, inspiring and dismaying, all at the same time.” -Music in Cincinnati
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“In Cincinnati Opera’s Silent Night, the poetry is in the pity.” -Jay Harvey Upstage
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“Like other modern operas I’ve seen Silent Night must be experienced in the theater to be fully appreciated.” -Opera Lively
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La Calisto

“A terrific cast, inventive staging by Ted Huffman and a wondrous set design by David Centers made for an entertaining evening…” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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La Calisto is Cincinnati Opera’s first Baroque opera and they couldn’t have made a better choice.” -CityBeat
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“353 years later the Cincinnati Opera’s superb production of Cavalli’s antic creation perfectly balances the story’s randy and rambunctious elements with the delicate portions that dot it.” -Seen and Heard International
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La Calisto was one of the most enjoyable productions in recent seasons at Cincinnati Opera…” -Music in Cincinnati
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“The same element of a mock-serious tale told with great humor and full of fine singing made La Calisto a very memorable opera experience.” -The Oakwood Register
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Madame
Butterfly

“A stellar cast, gorgeous set and Puccini’s glorious music have come together for a magical Madame Butterfly.” -Cincinnati Enquirer
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“In Cincinnati Opera production, Puccini’s opera of cultures at cross purposes proves as fresh and affecting as the title-role performance.” -Jay Harvey Upstage
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“Yesterday evening’s performance was one of those happy occasions where everything goes right: excellent cast, conductor, and orchestra, and a staging team that trust the composer and librettist.” -Opera Lively
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