WORLD PREMIERE
Morning Star

June 30, July 2, 8, 10 & 17, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.
July 12 & 19, 2015 • 3:00 p.m.
SCPA’s Corbett Theater

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
Based on the play by Sylvia Regan


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1910. New York’s Lower East Side. Their homeland now a memory, Becky Felderman and her children find hope in the promise of life in the New World.

As decades unfold, their dreams are tarnished by hardships—-the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, World War I, and the Great Depression. Their story is our story—-one of triumph and tragedy, struggle and sympathy, and a family that abides the trials of a lifetime.

THE OPERA
We’re thrilled to present the world premiere of this inspiring opera by celebrated composer Ricky Ian Gordon (The Grapes of Wrath, 27), whose musical style combines “Broadway clarity, art-song melodies, and jazzy flourishes with a sophisticated approach to harmony” (Opera News). Award-winning playwright William M. Hoffman has adapted Sylvia Regan’s 1940 play for the opera stage. Originating the role of Becky is Twyla Robinson, who last enchanted Cincinnati audiences in Der Rosenkavalier (2013).

 

Twyla Robinson
Becky
Elizabeth
Pojanowski

Sadie
Jennifer Zetlan
Fanny
Elizabeth
Zharoff

Esther
Morgan Smith
Aaron Greenspan
Andrew Bidlack
Irving Tashman
Andrew Lovato
Harry Engel
Kenneth Shaw
Rabbi Engel
Jeanine
De Bique

Pearl
Larry D. Hylton
Prince

RUNNING TIME
An opera in 2 acts
The performance will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.

OPERA INSIGHTS
Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, gives a preview of the opera one hour prior to the performance in SCPA’s Mayerson Theater. Admission is FREE to all ticket-holders.

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IN THE NEWS
7.1.15 Cincinnati Magazine: Cincinnati Opera stages a modern epic
7.1.15 WVXU Audio: Composer Ricky Ian Gordon talks about his opera Morning Star
7.1.15 WCPO Photos: Cincinnati Opera presents Morning Star
6.30.15 WKRC: Cincinnati Opera has first world premiere since 1929
6.28.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Composer connects with his life in Morning Star opera
6.24.15 CityBeat: Morning Star Rising
6.24.15 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera produces its first premiere in 50 years
6.23.15 CityBeat: Onstage: Morning Star
6.22.15 Music in Cincinnati: Morning Star to debut in Cincinnati
6.17.15 CityBeat: Summer Opera Preview: Cincinnati Opera at 95; stepping forward, looking back
6.15.15 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera’s 95th season features a world premiere, and tales of drama, love and Hollywood
6.14.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Great voices, drama, comedy this opera season
6.8.15 Cincinnati Enquirer: Documentary Making Morning Star gets screening at Kenwood Theater
6.1.15 Express CincinnatiMorning Star creation a drama on and off stage
6.1.15 Opera News: Tales of Hoffman

 

SEASON PREVIEW

REVIEWS
“Was the long pull Morning Star had to undergo before finally emerging into the blinding light of performance worth it? Most emphatically, yes.” –Chicago Tribune
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“Its a terrific cast made up of some of the best American voices out there.” –CityBeat
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“[Morning Star]… features the stunning music of Ricky Ian Gordon and a compelling libretto by William Hoffman.” –Oakwood Register
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“Vocally, the opera was a great success.” –Music In Cincinnati
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“[Morning Star] is currently being given an extraordinary production… in Cincinnati.” –Tony Dallas Theatre Reviews
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“Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman have crafted what could be one of the finest works for the American lyric theatre to come our way.” –Seen and Heard International
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“The opera is opulent in its vocalism, with a wealth of sopranos that should delight fans of Richard Strauss.” –Jay Harvey Upstage
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