opera fusion: new works

Opera Fusion: New Works (OF:NW) is a dynamic partnership between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Created in 2011 to foster the development of new American operas, OF:NW has grown into a nationally recognized collaboration which is not only advancing in repertoire, but also serving as an inspiring example of a successful joint venture between an educational institution and a professional performing arts organization. 

Process

OF:NW offers composers or composer/librettist teams the opportunity to workshop an opera during a 10-day residency in Cincinnati. Residencies utilize the facilities, personnel, and talent of both Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). The workshops are cast with a combination of CCM students and professional artists, and each workshop concludes with a free public presentation of excerpts followed by an audience Q&A session, all of which is streamed online.


Upcoming

Eurydice

Music by Matthew Aucoin
Libretto by Sarah Ruhl

Eurydice retells the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife Eurydice, who is trapped in the underworld and awaits her rescue. The libretto is based on Sarah Ruhl’s play by the same name and uses contemporary English to portray the quirky and confused young lovers.

Workshop: November 8–17, 2018
Public Presentation: November 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music Hall's Wilks Studio

Admission: Free, but reservations required. Tickets will become available through the Cincinnati Opera box office on Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. Call (513) 241-2742 to reserve.


POSTVILLE: HOMETOWN TO THE WORLD

Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Kimberly Reed

Kaminsky and Reed's new work new work takes place in Postville, Iowa, which bills itself as the “Hometown to the World,” but which is known for a massive 2008 raid by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at a Kosher meat-packing plant, in which over a tenth of the town’s population was arrested and deported. 

Workshop: December 2-6, 2018
Public Presentation: December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Music Hall's Wilks Studio

Admission: Free, but reservations required. Tickets will become available through the Cincinnati Opera box office on Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. Call (513) 241-2742 to reserve.