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Opera Rap: Wrongfully Convicted

  • Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal 1301 Western Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45203 United States (map)

Cincinnati Opera’s 2019 season features the world premiere of Blind Injustice, which tells the stories of six Ohio citizens who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and eventually freed through the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). Our panel will explore the topic of wrongful conviction with members of the Blind Injustice creative team, an exoneree whose story will be featured in the new work, and OIP Director Mark Godsey, whose book by the same name inspired the piece. A musical will be performed by Michelle LaJeunesse, who will sing the role of Nancy Smith in Blind Injustice.

  • 5:30 PM Join the OIP YP group and Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) for a happy hour in the rotunda, featuring a cash bar, light bites, and a performance by YPCC.

  • 7:00 PM Opera Rap panel and musical excerpt

Opera Rap Panelists Include:

  • Mark Godsey, OIP Co-Founder & Director

  • Nancy Smith, exoneree freed by the OIP

  • Scott Davenport Richards, Blind Injustice Composer

  • David Cote, Blind Injustice Librettist

  • Robin Guarino, Blind Injustice Stage Director & Dramaturg

  • Moderated by Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera’s Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

This program is presented in partnership with Cincinnati Opera, The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, the Ohio Innocence Project, and Young Professionals Choral Collective, with funding support from The CCM Harmony Fund and The Union Institute & University.