MEDIA RELEASE
February 18, 2013
Contact:
Ashley Tongret, Communications Manager
(513) 768-5526 or atongret@cincinnatiopera.org

CINCINNATI OPERA
AND
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI MEDICAL CENTER
FORM PARTNERSHIP

The UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Opera Voice Health Partnership will bring opera performances to the hospital and provide free services to the Greater Cincinnati voice community.


CINCINNATI, OH—On Wednesday, February 20, Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) will launch the UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Opera Voice Health Partnership with an event at 4:00 p.m. in UCMC’s main lobby at 234 Goodman Street. At the event, which is free and open to the public, speakers from both organizations will introduce the partnership and singers will perform opera favorites.

The UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Opera Voice Health Partnership is expected to offer many benefits to both organizations. Cincinnati Opera will provide programming to benefit UCMC patients, visitors, staff, and physicians, and UCMC will offer screenings and advice for the Opera’s performers and the Greater Cincinnati voice community. The groups will partner on a number of upcoming vocal health events, and UCMC will become the Opera’s preferred health care provider.

“We are excited to enter into this new, multi-layered collaboration,” said Patricia K. Beggs, General Director & CEO of Cincinnati Opera. “Our public performances at UCMC will enhance our presence in the community with the opportunity to reach new audiences, while the expertise of the UCMC medical staff will be invaluable to both our professional singers and amateur singers throughout the area.”

“This partnership is a natural fit that brings together two great organizations that have deep roots in our community,” said Anthony Condia, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Marketing Officer at UC Health and UCMC. “Together, we’ll make beautiful music that will benefit our patients and visitors and lead to a better healing environment.”

The origins of the partnership began in 2011, when the UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center coordinated the region’s first World Voice Day event. Led by Cincinnati Opera board member and renowned otolaryngologist Dr. Sid Khosla and speech pathologist Eva van Leer, the annual free event engages Cincinnati’s voice community in a discussion about voice care and health. In its first year, the Opera provided a speaker. In 2012, the collaboration expanded as Cincinnati Opera hosted the event at the Corbett Opera Center and provided opera professionals as panelists and performers. In addition to Dr. Khosla, Cincinnati Opera board members Dr. Thomas Boat, Dr. Charles Kuntz IV, Dr. Edward B. Silberstein, Dr. John M. Tew, Jr., and Dr. Mario Zuccarello are also affiliated with UCMC.

Public Performances
Over the next three years, Cincinnati Opera will present 18 public performances on the UCMC campus. The performances will be held in the main lobby and visitor waiting rooms, encouraging the attendance of patients and visitors as well as staff and physicians. UCMC currently provides a range of entertainment to patients through its in-room listening devices, for which Cincinnati Opera’s artistic staff will curate a special opera playlist.

Voice Center Collaborations
During the summer festival season, the UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center will offer free screenings for Cincinnati Opera singers, including young artists and chorus members, and will hold an informational session at Music Hall to advise singers on voice health. To benefit the entire Greater Cincinnati voice community, the Voice Center will also offer free screenings to the public twice a year at Music Hall, with the first event to be held in the fall of 2013.

Cincinnati Opera will once again partner with the UC Health Performance & Professional Voice Center with this year’s World Voice Day event, which will be held on Saturday, April 20 at the Corbett Opera Center. The event is free and open to the public.

This summer, the International Conference on Advances in Quantitative Laryngology, Voice, and Speech Research will be held in the United States for the first time, with Cincinnati as the host city. The conference will welcome approximately 150 of the top researchers and practitioners from around the world for several days of presentations. Cincinnati Opera will host and provide entertainment for the celebration dinner in Music Hall’s Corbett Tower on June 3.

UCMC Residents Engagement
UCMC employs approximately 700 residents, many of whom move to Cincinnati from outside the region. Due to the heavy demands of the residency, most do not have time to explore the city and its many arts and culture offerings. In hopes of encouraging these young professionals to engage in the arts scene, Cincinnati Opera will offer complimentary memberships to its Center Stage young professional group as well as special discounts to opera performances and YP events.

For more information, please visit www.cincinnatiopera.org/voicehealthpartnership.


 Cincinnati Opera’s 2013 Summer Festival will take place June 9 through July 28, featuring a free concert in Washington Park, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. The 2013 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.

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