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Cincinnati Opera

The Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival
Cincinnati Opera 2011 Season Broadcasts Sunday Nights in June at 7:30pm


RigolettoBy Giuseppe Verdi
June 3 at 7:30 p.m. on 90.9 WGUC

A man becomes rough and jaded in the employ of villains, but he secretly strives to protect the one purely beautiful thing in his life—his daughter. She lives happily unaware of the cruelty and perversion of the world in her enforced solitude, until a dangerous suitor arrives to tear their precious world apart. Cincinnati Opera’s production transports Verdi’s tragic and tune-filled Rigoletto to Mussolini-era Italy.


A Flowering TreeBy John Adams
June 10 at 7:30 p.m. on 90.9 WGUC

To rescue her family from poverty, a young girl transforms herself into a flowering tree whose blossoms can be sold in the market. A prince uncovers her secret talent and is enchanted by her beauty. Based on a folk tale from southern India, celebrated American composer John Adams’s latest opera is “alive with innocence and magic” (The New York Times). Inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute, A Flowering Tree explores a delicate love story which prevails through destruction and betrayal.


Eugene OneginBy Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
June 17 at 7:30 p.m. on 90.9 WGUC

A quiet, bookish girl with romantic ideals, Tatyana immediately falls in love with the refined and discriminating Eugene Onegin. Casting modesty aside, she writes him an impassioned letter. He dismisses her entirely, and advises that she show more restraint. When they meet years later, however, their roles are reversed to heartbreaking effect. Tchaikovsky’s wistful 1879 masterpiece Eugene Onegin returns to the Music Hall stage after a 27-year absence.


The Magic FluteBy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
June 24 at 7:30 p.m. on 90.9 WGUC

Steeped in mysticism and magic, Mozart’s majestic and playful The Magic Flute follows Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue his beloved, the beautiful princess Pamina. With the wily birdcatcher Papageno by his side, Tamino endures trials of heart and mind to prove his worth and win her hand. This cherished fairy tale continues to charm with sparkling music, timeless comedy, and the joy of a happy ending after many twists and turns.

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