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Cincinnati Opera

The 2013 Cincinnati Opera Broadcasts
Sunday Nights in June at 8:00pm

June 2
Pagliacci | Gianni SchicchiPagliacci | Gianni Schicchi
Pagliacci: Music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Gianni Schicchi: Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Pagliacci’s ragtag actors and Gianni Schicchi’s scheming family members appear to be polar opposites, but it doesn’t take long to see that they are all essentially stock characters with recognizable humanity. Clowns, in other words, with all their hilarity and hubris brilliantly realized.


June 9
Porgy and BessPorgy and Bess
George Gershwin

“Porgy and Bess Redux” takes place on the fictional street of Catfish Row in Charleston, South Carolina, and explores the community of African Americans living in the neighborhood, from the sly Sportin’ Life to the motherly Maria. The story tells of the romance between Porgy, a handicapped man with a heart full of love, and Bess, a beautiful woman struggling to break free from a troubled past. The production features the best-loved songs from the opera, evocative sets and costumes, and an accomplished cast of five young opera singers. Audiences will hear such favorites as “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Loves You Porgy.”


June 16
La TraviataLa Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi sought ferociously to separate his public life as a composer from his private life. Verdi, the public figure, was not only a beloved artist whose operas dominated Italian theaters during his long career, but also a member of the first national parliament and a political and moral force for his countrymen. Verdi, the man, on the other hand, tried to wall himself off from curious eyes within the villa he constructed at Sant’Agata, near Busseto, the city in which he spent his youth. But separating the public part of a life from the private has never been simple, as artists, athletes, and political figures have long been aware, and it has become ever more difficult in the modern world. What would Verdi have made of a sample form on the walls of every Italian post office filled out with the example name of one “Verdi, Giuseppe”?


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