Omer Ben Seadia, Director of Cincinnati Opera’s production of “Ariadne auf Naxos,” sits down with Evans to discuss how she got her start in opera, how she played hooky from the Israeli army to be in rehearsals, and how she engages with the operatic art form.
In this live-audience recording, author of “Black Opera” Naomi Andre and bass opera singer Morris Robinson - star of Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess”- sit down with Evans to discuss the African American operatic experience.
Nicole Cabell is preparing for her role as Juliet in her sixth appearance with Cincinnati Opera. Listen as she reflects on her career and her friendship with Artistic Director Evans Mirageas. (And find out what she and a racehorse have in common.)
The most remarkable thing about this opera is that it tells the stories of six incredible people in their own words. Their voices were silenced for more than 120 years of imprisonment combined. The opera Blind Injustice has not only given them back their voices, but it has done so in a way that will be heard through the rafters of Music Hall and beyond.
Each show takes us behind the scenes to reveal that the artists who transport us as performers are still humans, with all their faults and foibles. In Ariadne auf Naxos, librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss go one step further, by poking gentle fun at themselves as well as their characters.
Inspired by his experience as a summer trainee at Cincinnati Opera, Sam Kerns founded a nationally certified Teen Opera Council at his school, School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). “Opera gave me so much, and bringing it to my peers was the least I could do.”
Known for his booming voice and his larger-than-life stage presence, bass Morris Robinson took on a decidedly different sort of role with Cincinnati Opera when he was named Artistic Advisor to the company.
How does a college football player with hopes for the NFL become a world-renowned operatic bass and Artistic Advisor for Cincinnati Opera? Listen as Morris Robinson chats with Artistic Director Evans Mirageas about his dynamic career and inspiring story.
Randy Bowman, Principal Flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, took a moment to answer our questions about the music from Another Brick in the Wall. Read on to learn about his rock 'n' roll upbringing and the musical inspirations for this epic new opera!
Throughout her career, Cori Ellison has been an opera singer, coach, translator, lecturer, and, most notably, dramaturg and all-around opera expert. Listen in as she gives an interview on all things new in opera with Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director Evans Mirageas.
In July 2018, Nathan Keoughan made his Cincinnati Opera debut as Pink, the leading role in our U.S. premiere of Another Brick in the Wall. Read on to learn about his life growing up, his high school rock band, and his role in the groundbreaking new opera.
“It has yielded an entirely fresh work, elevating music known to millions with a new grandeur.” Jim Farber, who served as Chief Music Critic of the New York Daily News for 25 years, on the new opera inspired by Pink Floyd’s iconic album.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo has made a name for himself performing the Baroque canon, cutting-edge new works, and traditional Japanese kabuki theatre. Listen in as he gives an interview about his diverse career with Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director Evans Mirageas.
“Whether you are new to Wagner or have spent your life immersed in his world, Der Fliegende Holländer works its magic by giving you new ways to dream.” Fred Plotkin, opera expert and author of Opera 101, on Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
The curtain has yet to rise, but Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 season is well underway. About two dozen singers arrived earlier this month for their first rehearsals. Cincinnati writer Cindy Starr sits in on chorus rehearsal for La Traviata.
Join Evans Mirageas as he interviews Annalisa Pappano, Artistic Director of Catacoustic Consort. This Cincinnati-based early music ensemble is featured in our 2018 production of Monteverdi's final opera The Coronation of Poppea (1643).
At the age of 13, Rufus Wainwright—best known as a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter—listened to opera for the first time and simply fell in love. Listen as Artistic Director Evans Mirageas asks him about his musical inspirations, recent compositions, and life as an artist in two seemingly different musical worlds.
Look into her eyes and what do you see? Fearlessness? Fragility? Resilience? Mistrust? Cincinnati writer Cindy Starr takes a look behind this season’s portrait of La Traviata by illustrator Tim O’Brien.