CINCINNATI – After two seasons of absence, the Cincinnati Opera plans to return to Cincinnati Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) next June and July for its 2022 summer festival.
The company plans to celebrate the homecoming with a full season of five operas. The shows include popular favorites such as “La Bohème”, “Pirates of Penzance” and “Aida”. There will also be two world premieres and unreleased productions in Cincinnati.
The shows will include collaborations with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, according to the opera.
“As the arts reopen and the Cincinnati stages come to life, we can’t wait to return home to Music Hall and SCPA,” said Evans Mirageas, artistic director of the opera.
Mirageas went on to say that he and opera felt “lucky” to once again share “all that opera can be” in person.
“Our 2022 season was planned to do just that – come together and remind us what it’s like to fall in love, give us reason to laugh out loud, and move us with compelling stories that reflect the modern American experience.” , he added.
The 2022 season includes three productions at Music Hall. It will begin with “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini (June 18, 23, 25).
Soprano Talise Trevigne, who dazzled Cincinnati audiences in 2019 in the title role in “Porgy and Bess of the Gershwins”, plays Mimì. Tenor Ji-Min Park (Alfredo in Cincinnati Opera’s “La Traviata”, 2018) stars as Rodolfo.
Other performances include Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” (July 7, 9, 10) and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” (July 21, 23, 29, 31), which tells the story of a forbidden love between an Ethiopian princess and her captor.
Two operas are slated to debut in July at SCPA’s Corbett Theater. They are “Fierce” (July 6, 8) by William Menefield and Sheila Williams and “Castor and Patience” (July 22, 24, 26, 28, 30) by Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith.
“For audiences, we hope this will be both a welcome return to form and an exciting leap forward, an unmissable chapter in the vibrant history of Cincinnati opera,” added Mirageas.
The opera will contact new subscribers in October. New subscriptions will go on sale in January. Single tickets will be available from spring 2022.
More information is available at cincinnatiopera.org.