WGUC is pleased to present encore broadcasts of the Cincinnati Opera. Listen at 8:00 pm - Sunday evenings in November.
Support for the Cincinnati Opera broadcasts on WGUC comes from the H.B. E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Narley L. Haley and Fifth Third Bank co-trustees.
A troubadour has set her heart aflame, and she swears fidelity to him till the end. But all around them, a civil war rages, a jealous suitor is on their trail, and a Gypsy woman's curse casts a menacing shadow. When forces close in, Leonora faces the ultimate sacrifice to secure her beloved's freedom.
Salvadore Cammarano, libretto
Julianna Di Giacomo, Leonora
Jamie Barton, Azucena
Russell Thomas, Manrico
Stephen Powell, Count di Luna
Morris Robinson, Ferrando
Originally performed June 18 & 20, 2015
In this darkly comic take on the Don Juan legend, the lascivious Don Giovanni revels in wreaking havoc on countless hearts, while those he's wronged emerge from his past to seek retribution.
Lorenzo da Ponte, libretto
David L. Michael
Originally performed 1999
Based on the true story of a slave who escaped from a plantation in Kentucky and fled to the free state of Ohio. Faced with recapture, Margaret Garner kills her youngest daughter rather than seeing her returned to slavery. Her case sparked a national debate over the status of slaves in the North.
Toni Morrison, libretto
Margaret Garner: Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano
Robert Garner: Gregg Baker, bass-baritone
Cilla: Angela M. Brown, soprano
Edward Gaines: Rodney Gilfrey, bass-baritone
Caroline: Kelly Kaduce, soprano
George Hancock: Jonathan Boyd, tenor
An auctioneer: Roger Honeywell, tenor
Casey: John Mac Master, tenor
Originally performed 2005
He's a Montague, she's a Capulet. Romeo and Juliet are madly in love, but their families' feud threatens to tear them apart. Determined to be together till death, the star-crossed lovers decide to take fate into their own hands.
Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, libretto
Matthew White, Romeo
Nicole Cabell, Juliet
Hadleigh Adams, Mercutio
Kenneth Shaw, Friar Laurent
Thomas Dreeze, Count Capulet
Piotr Buszewski, Tybalt
Vernon Hartman, Duke of Verona
Reilly Nelson, Stephano
Catherine Keen, Gertrude
Phillip Bullock, Gregorio
Darian Clonts, Benvolio
Simon Barrad, Count Paris
Originally performed June 27 & 29, 2019
A political prisoner, hidden from the world and thought dead by most. His heroic wife, driven by devotion to pose as a man and become a jailer's assistant in hopes of meeting her beloved again. The villainous governor of the prison, racing to kill his secret before the king's minster discovers the truth. Each will risk all to protect what they hold dearest.
Joseph Sonnleithner, libretto
Christine Goerke, Leonore
Russell Thomas, Florestan
Nmon Ford, Don Pizarro
Nathan Stark, Rocco
Daniel Sutin, Don Fernando
Laura Tatulescu, Marzelline
Thomas Blondelle, Jacquino
Originally performed July 7 & 9, 2016