2017 Season

Our Director: Natascha Metherell

British director Natascha Metherell returns to Cincinnati Opera as our stage director for La Bohème, having been the Assistant Director under Sir Johnathan Miller in our 2010 production of this same opera. Her diverse career has taken here across the world, hitting landmarks like The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Opera di Roma, Staatsoper Berlin, and more. Read on to go backstage, hear about the art of directing, and get a sneak peek at Natascha's vision for this production!

Meet Mimì: Nicole Cabell

Soprano Nicole Cabell has been a Cincinnati Opera fan favorite since she first graced the stage as the Countess in our 2009 Marriage of Figaro, and her “tone of liquid gold” (Opera News) keeps the audience longing for her next return. We’re thrilled that Nicole will join us once again to sing the charming Mimì in La Bohème! Read on to find out what she’s most looking forward to this summer, and why she keeps coming back to Cincinnati!

Meet Musetta: Jessica Rivera

Soprano Jessica Rivera made her career collaborating with today's greatest living composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Gabriela Lena Frank. She has performed in multiple new works with Cincinnati Opera, and we're thrilled to welcome her back as Musetta in the timeless La Bohème! Keep reading to hear why Jessica thinks opera can change lives, and how opera has changed hers!

Our Rodolfo: Sean Panikkar

Tenor Sean Panikkar, "one of the stars of his generation" (Opera News), has performed on stages across the world, from the Metropolitan Opera to Teatro alla Scala in Italy. This summer, he'll join us in the Queen City for his Cincinnati Opera debut to sing the dreamer and poet Rodolfo in La Bohème. Read on for the inside scoop on how Sean is preparing for his role, what he thinks of Rodolfo, and how he'll spend his free time in Cincinnati!