back to the zoo

Thursday, May 18, 2017
cincinnati zoo & botanical garden

Please note: This event has reached capacity. Tickets are no longer available.

Come relive the magic of the Zoo Opera days.

For one night each summer, Cincinnati Opera returns to its first home, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where performances were held from 1920 to 1971. Join hosts Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, and Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in celebrating the Zoo Opera days with a special free concert featuring a colorful cast of singers and zoo animals.

event details

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden | Wings of Wonder Theater
6 p.m. Reception with complimentary refreshments and cash bar
7 p.m. Concert

Tickets: This event has reached capacity. Tickets are no longer available.

Dinner: An optional dinner buffet may be purchased in advance for $17 per person. Deadline to order is May 11.

Parking: $6 after 5 p.m. Park in the Vine Street Lot and enter via the Historic Vine Street Plaza.

Opera Express at the zoo!

All aboard the Opera Express! Find us at the Zoo's Vine Street Parking Lot throughout the day, and enjoy a free 15-minute performance in our mobile opera theater. Learn more here.

Performances will be held at the following times:

2:15 P.M. | 3:00 P.M. | 3:45 P.M. | 4:15 P.M.


Special thanks to The Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation for sponsoring eight amazing years of Back to the Zoo.