WGUC is pleased to present broadcasts of the 2018 Cincinnati Opera Season:

La Traviata
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 8 PM

Originally performed on June 14, 16, 20 & 22 | 7:30PM
Francesco Maria Piave, libretto
Violetta Valéry - Norah Amsellem
Alfredo Germont - Ji-Min Park
Giorgio Germont - Youngjoo An
Gastone de Letorieres Martin Bakari
Baron Douphol Thomas Dreeze
Marchese D’Obigny Simon Barrad
Doctor Grenville James Eder
Flora Bervoix Reilly Nelson
Annina Nicolette Book
Giuseppe Samuel Smith
Messenger Michael Young
Flora's Servant Stefan Erik Egerstrom

Conductor - Renato Balsadonna
Stage Director - Linda Brovsky
Scenic & Costume Designer - Desmond Heeley
Lighting Designer - Thomas C. Hase
Co-Lighting Designer - Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer - James Geier
Chorus Master - Henri Venanzi
Choreographer - Johanna Wilt

Violetta had it all—a lavish apartment, beautiful gowns and jewels, fine champagne in crystal glasses. She was a courtesan in 1850s Paris, flirting and toasting her way through life. For this pretty woman, it seemed that the party would never end. And then, she met him. Cincinnati Opera returns home to Music Hall with a "lavish" production (Opera News) of Verdi’s irresistible classic. It’s no wonder Traviata is one of the best-loved operas of all time—filled with soaring melodies, sweeping emotions, rousing drinking songs, and passionate characters. After stealing our hearts as Liù in our spectacular 2015 Turandot, French soprano Norah Amsellem will hold the audience “spellbound” (Financial Times) as the famed courtesan Violetta Valéry. Korean tenor Ji-Min Park returns as Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, after his “beautifully sung and engagingly acted” (Cincinnati Enquirer) performance in Don Pasquale (2015).


The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 8 PM

Originally performed on July 5 & 7 | 7:30PM
Richard Wagner, libretto
Senta - Marcy Stonikas
The Dutchman - Nathan Berg
Erik - Jay Hunter Morris
Daland - Arthur Woodley
Steersman - Frederick Ballentine, Jr.
Mary - Elizabeth Bishop

Conductor - Christof Perick
Original Production & Staging - Tomer Zvulun
Stage Director - Brenna Corner
Scenic & Costume Designer - Jacob A. Climer
Projection Designer - S. Katy Tucker
Lighting Designer - Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer - James Geier
Chorus Master - Henri Venanzi
Choreographer - Meg Gillentine

Once every seven years, the Dutchman comes ashore. Doomed to sail the seas on a ghost ship for eternity, he searches for the only key to his release—true love. Senta, a sailor’s daughter, is fascinated with his legend. When intrigue turns to obsession, she’s willing to risk everything to be the one who frees him from never-ending torment. For the first time in over 20 years, Wagner’s thrilling take on an eerie nautical legend returns to the Music Hall stage. The old folktale gets a new twist with stunning visual projections that “vividly bring to life a contemporary vision of Wagner’s mythical story” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Last seen at Cincinnati Opera as the title character in Turandot, soprano Marcy Stonikas leads the cast as Senta with a voice of “power, grace, and effortless fluidity” (Washington Times). Canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg, “a brilliant actor” with a “palpable stage presence” (Financial Times), sings the title role in his Cincinnati debut.


The Coronation of Poppea
The Coronation of Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 7 PM

Originally performed on June 21, 23, 26 & 28 | 7:30PM and July 1 | 3PM
Giovanni Francesco Busenello, libretto
Poppea - Sarah Shafer
Nero (June performances) - Anthony Roth Costanzo
Ottavia - Sarah Mesko
Drusilla - Melissa Harvey
Ottone - Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Seneca - Alex Rosen
Arnalta - Rebecca Ringle Kamarei
Vallet/Nero (July 1) - Daniel Moody
Lucano - Andrew Owens
Liberto - Christian Pursell

Conductor - Gary Thor Wedow
Stage Director - Zack Winokur
Scenic Designer - Adam Charlap Hyman
Costume Designer - Amanda McGee
Lighting Designer - Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer - James Geier
Catacoustic Consort Artistic Director - Annalisa Pappano

Abandoning her old lover, Poppea only has eyes for Emperor Nero…and his crown. Ottavia, Nero’s wife and empress, crafts elaborate schemes and issues dire threats to hold onto her husband. But when the gods are on Poppea’s side, how can she lose? Love might conquer all, but it leaves a trail of destruction. One of the first operas, Monteverdi’s 1642 Baroque masterpiece tells a dramatic story of passion and intrigue with some of the most transcendently beautiful music in all of opera. It’s presented here in a new production at SCPA’s intimate Corbett Theater under the direction of the “superbly imaginative” Zack Winokur (Parterre Box). Fresh from her Metropolitan Opera debut, soprano Sarah Shafer lends her “luminous voice” to the role of Poppea alongside the “vocally brilliant” countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Emperor Nero (The New York Times). Members of the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in realizing Monteverdi’s exquisite score.


As One
As One by Laura Kaminsky
On 90.9 WGUC Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Originally performed on July 25, 27, 29 & 30 | 7:30PM and July 28 | 3PM
Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed, libretto
Hannah After - Amber Fasquelle
Hannah Before - Matthew Worth

Conductor - Gene Chang
Stage Director - Robin Guarino
Film - Kimberly Reed
Costume Designer - Rebecca Senske
Lighting Designer - Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer - James Geier

With two singers and a string quartet, As One is an uplifting coming-of-age story about a transgender woman. This new, 75-minute chamber opera depicts the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. Two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, portray the character of Hannah. Inspired in part by the life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker Kimberly Reed, As One’s rich libretto–and evocative melodies and harmonies–make it an unforgettable work.



The schedule for the 2018 Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival can be found here.