WORLD PREMIERE!

Castor and patience

Music by Gregory Spears
Libretto by Tracy K. Smith

Castor and Patience will premiere during Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary season in 2020. 

Sung in English with projected titles


In the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, a historic family property falls into the hands of two cousins. 

Patience is fighting to stave off overzealous developers. Castor has a ballooning mortgage to contend with and is hoping to sell his share of the land. But if they’re going to get anywhere as a family, they must first learn to see past their differing allegiances and trust one another. Castor and Patience is the story not just of a single family or even a particular geography, but of America’s warring tensions between reckoning with the hard facts of history and racing blindly forward toward the dream of progress.

Cincinnati Opera is proud to present the world premiere of this poignant new opera by some of today's preeminent artistic voices, including Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Gregory Spears. Spears is best known for his opera Fellow Travelers, which premiered at Cincinnati Opera in 2016 and was called "one of the most accomplished new American operas" (Chicago Tribune). This first-class creative team was commissioned in celebration of Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary season.


CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

   Tracy K. Smith   Librettist

Tracy K. Smith
Librettist

 

Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Makeup Designer  James Geier

A new production constructed by Cincinnati Opera


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In The News
7.11.2018 Broadway World: Cincinnati Opera Announces Gregory Spears + US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith's 'Castor and Patience'
7.11.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will write new work for Cincinnati Opera's centennial
7.11.2018 Behind the Curtain Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera Commissions 'Castor and Patience'
7.11.2018 ColorLines: Tracy K. Smith Goes Operatic With 'Castor and Patience'
7.10.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will write new work for Cincinnati Opera's centennial
7.10.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Cincinnati Opera commissions U.S. poet laureate for 2020 premiere
7.10.2018 CityBeat: Cincinnati Opera commissions new work from 'Fellow Travelers' composer Gregory Spears and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
7.10.2018 The New York Times: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
7.10.2018 The Washington Post: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
7.10.2018 U.S. News and World ReportSpears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
7.10.2018 Seattle Post-IntelligencerSmith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati 
7.10.2018 New Haven Register: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
7.10.2018 Bristol Herald Courier: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
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7.10.2018 The Daily Courier: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
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7.10.2018 The Charlotte ObserverSpears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati
7.10.2018 The Herald: Spears, Smith to Write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati