WGUC is pleased to present broadcasts of the 2017 Cincinnati Opera Season:

La Bohème
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Originally performed on June 15, 17, 22 & 24
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, libretto
Mimì, Nicole Cabell
Musetta, Jessica Rivera
Rodolfo, Sean Panikkar
Marcello, Rodion Pogossov
Colline, Nathan Stark
Schaunard, Edward Nelson
Benoit/Alcindoro, Marco Nisticò

In her tiny room that Christmas Eve, a candle provided the only light—until the flame died. Resigned, she knocked on the door to another apartment, hoping for a match from a neighbor. Instead, Mimì discovered the love of her life.

Frida by Robert Xavier Rodríguez
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Originally performed on June 23, 25, 27, 29, July 1, 6 & 8
Hilary Blecher and Migdalia Cruz, libretto
Frida Kahlo, Catalina Cuervo
Diego Rivera, Ricardo Herrera
Ensemble, Erin Keesy, Reilly Nelson, Emma Sorenson, Pedro André Arroyo, Benjamin Lee, Thomas Dreeze, Samson McCrady
Calaveras, Melissa Harvey, Paulina Villarreal, John Overholt

As a student, Frida spurned the taunts of the other girls, turning instead to the politics of the revolutionaries. When a near-fatal bus accident kept her bedridden, she found her own path to freedom in her paintings. Through love, pain, tragedy, and ultimately death, Frida’s identity and art remain a fierce cry of independence.

The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Originally performed on July 15, 20 & 22
Emanuel Schikaneder, libretto
Pamina, Kim-Lillian Strebel
The Queen of the Night, Jeni Houser
Tamino, Aaron Blake
Papageno, Rodion Pogossov
Sarastro/The Speaker, Tom McNichols
First Lady, Alexandra Schoeny
Second Lady, Cassandra Zoé Velasco
Third Lady, Amber Fasquelle
Papagena, Jasmine Habersham
Monostatos, John Robert Lindsey

He had only seen her image in a portrait, but he was already head-over-heels. With the help of a loyal friend and a bit of magic, Tamino sets forth on a perilous quest to save the princess, encountering mythical creatures, a venomous queen, and heroic trials to test his worth. But as his otherworldly journey unfolds, Tamino begins to suspect that everything is not as it appears.

Song From The Uproar
Song From The Uproar by Missy Mazzoli
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Originally performed on July 17, 18, 19 & 21
Royce Vavrek, libretto
Isabelle Eberhardt, Abigail Fischer
Soprano 1, Melissa Harvey
Soprano 2, Grace Newberry
Alto, Emma Sorenson
Tenor, Benjamin Lee
Bass, Olusola Fadiran

Isabelle Eberhardt was born in 1877 in Geneva, Switzerland. At age 21, after the death of her father, mother, and brother in quick succession, she travelled alone to Algeria. She dressed as a man, converted to Islam, and joined a Sufi order, roamed the desert on horseback, and fell in love with an Algerian soldier. After surviving an attempted assassination and a failed suicide pact with her lover, Isabelle drowned in a desert flash flood at age 27. Her journals were salvaged from the wreckage. This is her song.

The schedule for the 2017 Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival can be found here.