100th Anniversary Season

We are thrilled to share our 100th Anniversary Season with you! It’s an exciting mix: masterworks of comedy and tragedy, a world premiere by Gregory Spears and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, a classic fairy tale by a symphonic genius, and a collaboration with young women from community organizations. Whether you’re new to the art form or a longtime opera lover, please join us for our 2020 season, and be moved by the magic of opera.

Single tickets available in spring 2020.

Music Hall

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The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini
June 18 & 20, 2020

Our 100th anniversary season opens with Rossini’s charming comedy—the prequel to The Marriage of Figaro—with Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Rosina.

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Antonín Dvořák
July 9 & 11, 2020

For the first time in Cincinnati Opera’s 100-year history, we present Dvořák’s beautiful and tragic tale of a love-struck mermaid who pins her heart and her future on a mortal prince. Sung in the original Czech.

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Giuseppe Verdi
July 25, 28, 30 & August 1, 2020

The grandest of all operatic masterpieces tells the story of an Ethiopian princess, held captive in Egypt, who finds herself in love with her captor. Presented in a stunning production by British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.


School for Creative and Performing Arts

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Castor and Patience

World Premiere!
Gregory Spears & Tracy K. Smith
July 16, 18, 21, 24 & 26m, 2020

With music by Gregory Spears, composer of our acclaimed 2016 world premiere Fellow Travelers, and a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, this world premiere opera centers on two members of an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South.


School for Creative and Performing Arts—Mayerson Theater

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World premiere!
William Menefield & Sheila Williams
June 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28m, 2020

A collaboration with WordPlay Cincy, The Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagine, Fierce tells stories inspired by the lives of the teenage girls who helped create it.