2019 Season NEWS & REVIEWS



Cincinnati Business Courier
“As perfect as it gets…heart-stopping beauty.” Read the review.

“Terrific performances...witty staging...plenty of laughs in all the right places.” Read the review.

ArtsWave Guide
“Beautiful operatic singing, playful and often bawdy stage action, and a lush orchestral score.” Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
A handsome and innovative production and a fresh-voiced cast of young singers…Herr Mozart and Signor Da Ponte would have been very happy.” Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
“The perfect mix of music, singing, staging and creative ingenuity.” Read the review.

6.7.2019 Cincinnati Business Courier: Baritone, CCM graduate returns for ‘Figaro’ with opera


Cincinnati Business Courier
“You couldn’t tear your eyes away.” Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
“Characteristic sweetness, stageworthy majesty and forthright lyricism” Read the review.

Rafael’s Music Notes
“With a perfectly cast and staged Romeo and Juliet…Cincinnati Opera once more reasserts itself as one of the top companies in North America.” Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
“I can say with emphasis that we have never had such an experience as last night in Cincinnati Music Hall” “For a review of Cincinnati Opera’s Romeo and Juliet, nothing is applicable except praise.” Read the review.

6.27.2019 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera Tackles Romeo and Juliet at Music Hall
6.27.2019 WCPO Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera's new Romeo helped avert Shakespearean-level tragedy
6.25.2019 Cincinnati Business Courier: Last-minute Romeo steps in at Cincinnati Opera


Cincinnati Enquirer
“So American, musically magnificent, and still very current.” Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
"Powerful, believable, and ultimately breathtaking.” Read the review.

"The tight-knit community of diverse, realistic characters and their many joys and tragedies is as relatable as it is lively.” Read the review.

7.27.2019 Out & About Nashville: Profile: Tenor Frederick Ballentine 
7.12.2019 Cincinnati Business Courier: Lessons learned at Citadel pay off for opera star Morris Robinson
7.11.2019 Cincinnati Enquirer: How this football star transitioned into an opera singer
7.1.2019 CityBeat: ‘Porgy and Bess’ Returns to Cincinnati Opera
7.1.2019 Movers & Makers: Morris Robinson tackles ‘Porgy’ on his own terms


The Wall Street Journal
“A powerful piece of music theater.” Read the review.

Opera News
“A powerful and moving work, as evident from the audience’s enthusiastic response.” Read the review.

Blind Injustice is a masterpiece.” Read the review.

Cincinnati Business Courier
“Deeply moving and profound.” Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
“A memorable world premiere that Cincinnati will likely remember for a long time.” Read the review.


7.26.2019 Fox19 Now: Cincinnati Opera's "Blind Injustice"
7.24.2019 WCPO Cincinnati: 'Blind Injustice' showcases exonerees' true stories through opera
7.23.2019 National Public Radio: 'Blind Injustice' Opera Sets Out To Open Eyes About Wrongful Conviction Rates
7.19.2019 Cincinnati Business Courier: Opera's powerful premiere ‘Blind Injustice’ explores wrongful convictions: SLIDESHOW
7.18.2019 Cincinnati Enquirer: They spent years in prison for crimes they didn't commit. Their stories hit the stage
7.18.2019 Broadway World: New Opera Tells Powerful Stories Of Ohio Innocence Project Exonerees
7.15.2019 91.7 WVXU/88.5 WMUB: 'Blind Injustice' Tells Operatic Story Of The Wrongfully Convicted