100th Anniversary Season

We are thrilled to announce our 100th Anniversary Season! It’s an exciting mix: masterworks of comedy and tragedy, a world premiere by Gregory Spears and U.S. Poet Laureate 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.

Subscriptions to the 2020 season will be available in fall of 2019. Single tickets available in spring 2020.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2020 Season

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The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini
June 18 & 20, 2020
Music Hall

Our 100th anniversary season opens with Rossini’s charming comedy, featuring Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Rosina.

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World premiere!
William Menefield & Sheila Williams
June 24-28, 2020
Venue to be determined

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.

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Antonín Dvořák
July 9 & 11, 2020
Music Hall

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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Castor and Patience

World Premiere!
Gregory Spears & Tracy K. Smith
July 16-26, 2020
School for Creative and Performing Arts

With music by Gregory Spears, composer of our acclaimed 2016 world premiere Fellow Travelers, and a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate 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.

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Giuseppe Verdi
July 25-August 1, 2020
Music Hall

The grandest of all operatic masterpieces, Verdi’s Aida closes our 100th anniversary season. Aida, an Ethiopian princess enslaved by her enemy Egypt, finds herself helplessly drawn to Radamès, her captor. Caught between warring nations, she faces an impossible choice. Should she betray Radames to protect her precious homeland? Or surrender completely to love?