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.
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.
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!