2016 season in review

Die Fledermaus

Cincinnati Enquirer
"An exuberant cast, a gorgeous production, and Johann Strauss, Jr.’s irresistible tunes added up to a sparkling evening." Read the review.

The Oakwood Register
"They created not a fantasy but a funtasy!" Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"It's a classy, edgy production where all sort of naughty things go on in the set's nooks and crannies..." Read the review.

Cincy Arts Guide
"The orchestra was great, the singing was absolutely incredible, and the sets were maybe the best I've ever seen." Read the review.

fellow travelers

The New York Times
"Assured of lasting appeal" Read the review.

The Wall Street Journal
"[The] subtle, lyrical music is beautiful without being obvious or sentimental." Read the review.

Chicago Tribune
"One of the most accomplished new American operas" Read the review.

Opera News
"Music that breaths along with the story it tells" Read the review.

The Toronto Star
"A well-told, dramatically involving story." Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"Powerful... a ravishing musical score." Read the review.

"A remarkable cast" Read the review.

"It is the finest new opera I have seen since Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking premiered in 2000." Read the review.

I Care If You Listen
"The rhythmic integrity of the vocal performances was highly commendable, and the execution of the pulse-based score was even more impressive..." Read the review.

The Broadway Blog
"Composer Spears has created a score that is often hauntingly beautiful yet simultaneously tuneful." Read the review.

Instinct Magazine
"I noticed that the opera resonated with everyone around me...It was a powerful performance and truly an event I will not forget." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"...Fellow Travelers captures one of [America's] most intense, toxic eras by focusing on a heart-tugging romance." Read the review.

"The mostly youthful cast is superb all around and the two leads are vocally and physically convincing." Read the review. 

Man About World
"The silence and breathlessness after show's impassioned conclusion echoed with an answer of hollow bewilderment, tears hanging on eyelids, ready to jump." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"This superb musical drama is cause for celebration, especially in the first-class world premiere..." Read the review.


The Wall Street Journal
"The superb Russell Thomas held nothing back in his big aria, his clarion tenor rising inexorably to the desperate cry…" Read the review.

Chicago Tribune
"Thomas [steals] the show with Florestan’s showpiece aria, his firm and ample heldentenor opening up with thrilling, clarion power on top." Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"A superb cast, Beethoven’s sublime musical score, and inventive staging...made for a riveting evening." Read the review.

"Fidelio, conducted by Jun Märkl and starring Christine Goerke and Russell Thomas, was musically stupendous — world-class throughout." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Imaginative and moving" Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"This third production of Cincinnati Opera's 2016 season is a another triumph." Read the review.


Cincinnati Enquirer
"This Tosca would rival any production of the crowd favorite, anywhere in the world." Read the review.

Polly Magazine
"A visual feast... astounding." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Puccini would have been proud of Cincinnati Opera's Tosca." Read the review.