2018 Season NEWS & REVIEWS


Opera News
This splendid performance…made an auspicious beginning to the season and an ideal way to inaugurate the renewed splendor…of Cincinnati’s beloved Music Hall.” Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
"A superb cast of singing actors, excellent conducting from the pit and seamless direction." Read the review.

ArtsWave Guide
"Stunning...heartbreaking...You couldn’t ask for a better celebration of their return." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Norah Amsellem, a stunning French soprano, would have made Verdi very happy [as Violetta]." Read the review.

Opera Lively
"At the curtain, there was a standing ovation for all involved." Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
"The music was so pure, so lucid and engaging... The exquisite sets, well devised stage movement, and Spanish dancing by the [Cincinnati] Ballet made for an unforgettable evening." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Lavish and also deep-delving" Read the review.


6.17.2018 The Oakwood Register: Cincinnati Opera celebrates rebirth of Music Hall, launch of 2018-2019 season with Verdi's La Traviata
6.15.2018 Opera Lively: 'La Traviata' at Cincinnati Opera
6.15.2018 Seen and Heard International: A Triple-Threat Soprano Heads Traviata Cast
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier‘La Traviata’ a triumph as Cincinnati Opera returns to Music Hall
6.15.2018 Jay Harvey Upstage: 'La Traviata' opens renovated Music Hall for Cincinnati Opera season
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Staging premieres well worth the risk, Cincinnati arts leaders say
6.15.2018 ArtsWave Guide: Cincinnati Opera kicks off their return to Music Hall with a toast to love and beauty
6.14.2018 Cincinnati Refined: 41 Amazing Backstage Photos Of Cincinnati Opera’s "La Traviata"
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Old, new, borrowed, blue and 'Traviata' too


Opera News
“The entire evening was a delight, a model for opera companies wishing to explore older music.” Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Packed with riches... the cast is top-notch." Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
"Costanzo’s Nero was both lustful and chilling, and the singer dominated the stage whenever he was present." Read the review.

"A superb cast of young singers." Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
"Captured the Baroque sound to perfection... Fascinating and fabulous." Read the review.

Opera Lively
"Gary Thor Wedow led a sprightly reading of Monteverdi’s score." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Gloriously performed and conceived with hints of period authenticity leavened by modernist simplicity." Read the review.


7.2.2018 CityBeat: Local singer takes a lead role at Cincinnati Opera's final performance of 'The Coronation of Poppea'
6.27.2018 The Oakwood Register: Cincinnati Opera's 'Coronation of Poppea' a crowning achievement in the Queen City
6.25.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera's 'The Coronation of Poppea' Features a Thrilling Young Cast
6.23.2018 Seen and Heard International: A Seventeenth-Century Embarrassment of Operatic Riches
6.22.2018 Opera Lively: 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' at Cincinnati Opera
6.22.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Costanzo delivers searing portrayal of Nero in ‘Poppea’
6.22.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Countertenors get moment in the sun
6.22.2018 Jay Harvey Upstage: Cincinnati Opera's 'Coronation of Poppea': First-century Rome meets 21st-century America, mediated by Monteverdi


Opera News
"[The Flying Dutchman] last landed at the Cincinnati Opera more than twenty years ago… The current production proved worth the wait.” Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
"It is spectacular... gripped viewers from beginning to end." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Took the breath away... an astonishingly seaworthy production." Read the review.

Opera Lively
"From the opening notes of the overture to the final euphoric apotheosis, yesterday evening’s performance of Der fliegendeHolländer was packed with all the drama and excitement one could want... The cast was uniformly excellent." Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
"The rapt audience was on its feet before the last notes. This continued throughout the curtain calls. I can envision that Wagner himself should come to Cincinnati and celebrate." Read the review.


7.11.2018 The Oakwood Register: 'The Flying Dutchman' Lands at Cincinnati Opera
7.6.2018 Opera Lively: 'Der fliegende Hollander' at Cincinnati Opera
7.6.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: ‘Flying Dutchman’ thrills in new Cincinnati Opera production
7.6.2018 Jay Harvey Upstage: Cincinnati Opera's "Flying Dutchman" highlights hints of Wagner the maestro
7.3.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera is latest stop on tenor Jay Hunter Morris' 'blessed' singing career
5.1.2018 Opera News: Sound Bites: Frederick Ballentine


"An entertaining and cathartic trip" Read the review.

The Hollywood Reporter
"Arresting visuals and superlative singers" Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
"A never-ending visual spectacle of amazing projections and dramatic staging" Read the review.

ArtsWave Guide
"Plenty for fans of opera and Pink Floyd alike" Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"A huge undertaking... My ears picked up hints of Philip Glass minimalism, Kurt Weill cabaret gestures, and occasional Mahlerian outbursts." Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"It’s risky and adventurous and well worth the ride." Read the review.

"Sprawling LED screens served as a canvas for video imagery, and the stage bustled with elaborate costumes and sets packed with supernumeraries... The Cincinnati Opera is to be lauded for its commitment to such an ambitious project." Read the review.


8.1.2018 Seen and Heard International: Operatic Inspiration from—Yes—Pink Floyd
7.29.2018 Bachtrack: Pink Floyd as opera: Another Brick in the Wall receives US première at Cincinnati Opera
7.25.2018 Northern Kentucky Tribune: NKy performers living their dreams performing in Cincinnati Opera’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’
7.24.2018 Classic Rock A-Z: Another Brick in the Wall opera in Cincinnati through July 31
7.24.2018 The Hollywood Reporter: 'Another Brick in the Wall': Theater Review
7.23.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera's 'Another Brick in the Wall' is an entertaining, cathartic trip
7.23.2018 Dayton Daily News: There's still time to catch the U.S. premiere of Pink Floyd opera in Cincinnati
7.23.2018 Digital Music News: A Pink Floyd Opera Called 'Another Brick in the Wall' Just Opened in the U.S.
7.21.2018 Opera Lively: U.S. Premiere of Another Brick in the Wall at the Cincinnati Opera
7.21.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Another Brick in the Wall' opera ambitious, relevant, but lacks dramatic credibility
7.21.2018 ArtsWave Guide: Plenty for fans of Opera and Pink Floyd alike in “Another Brick in the Wall”
7.21.2018 Nines to 5: A Night at the Opera
7.21.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: REVIEW: U.S. Premiere of Pink Floyd opera a visual spectacle
7.20.2018 Broadway World: First Look at ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL at Cincinnati Opera (VIDEO)
7.20.2018 OperaWire: Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend -- North America
7.20.2018 Polly Magazine: Cincinnati Opera's Another Brick in the Wall
7.19.2018 The New York Times: How Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' Saved and Ruined My Life
7.19.2018 Out and Outfit: Out at Cincinnati Opera for 'Another Brick in the Wall'
7.19.2018 Lexington Herald-Leader: Operatic version of Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' Premieres in Cincinnati
7.18.2018 Playbill: First Look at the U.S. Premiere of Pink Floyd Opera Another Brick in the Wall
7.17.2018 WKRC: Behind the scenes of "Another Brick in the Wall" with Bob Herzog
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: A Preview Of The Cincinnati Opera's US Premiere Of "Another Brick In The Wall"
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati
7.13.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: 'The Wall' is now an 'out-of-box' Cincinnati Opera production
7.11.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Another Brick in the Wall' trailer
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Staging premieres well worth the risk, Cincinnati arts leaders say
6.12.2018 WCPO: Cincinnati Opera: 'Another Brick in the Wall' will remind you of a rock concert (just not as loud)
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Not your father's rock opera
5.30.2018 Cincinnati Magazine: The Lowdown on Cincinnati Opera’s U.S. Debut of Another Brick in the Wall