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Cincinnati Opera's Beginnings

Join Evans Mirageas for a one-hour retrospective on the century of exquisite productions, extraordinary guest performers, and zoo animals that encompass the story of our Cincinnati Opera.

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.

Cincinnati Opera's Beginnings Playlist

O'Keefe: The Poor Soldier – "A Rose Tree"
David and Ginger Hildebrand

Anon: Ride Up In the Chariot
Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus; Kathleen Battle, soprano; James Levine, conductor

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro – "Deh vieni, non tardar"
Swedish Radio Symphony; Elizabeth Söderström, soprano; Colin Davis, conductor

Gluck: Orfeo – "Trionfi d'amore"
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; RIAS Kammerchor; Bernarda Fink, mezzo soprano; Marina Fehr, soprano; Rene Jacobs, conductor

Wagner: Lohengrin – Prelude to Act III
Berlin Philharmonic; Klaus Tennstedt, conductor

Boito: Mefistofele – Prologo-finale
Ambrosian Opera Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra; Julius Rudel, conductor

Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ysaye, conductor

Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann Septet
Suisse Romande Orchestra; Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Placido Domingo, Gabriel Bacquier et al; Richard Bonynge, conductor

Flotow: Martha – Overture
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra; Robert Heger, conductor

Flotow: Martha – "Letzte Rose"
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra; Anneliese Rothenberger, soprano; Robert Heger, conductor

Verdi: Rigoletto – "La donna e mobile"
Salvatore Sciaretti, tenor

Niles: I Wonder As I Wander
John Jacob Niles, tenor

Bizet: Carmen – "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre"
London Symphony Orchestra; Ambrosian Opera Singer; Sherill Milnes, baritone; Claudio Abbado, conductor

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel – Dream Pantomime
Milwaukee Symphony; Andreas Delfs, conductor


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