A free concert in Washington Park Sunday, June 7 7:00 p.m.
Featured artists include Jamie Barton, Julianna Di Giacomo, Twyla Robinson, Kenneth Shaw, Morgan Smith, and Russell Thomas with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Christopher Allen, conductor and Henri Venanzi, chorus master
Musical highlights from Il Trovatore, Don Pasquale, Turandot, The Pearl Fishers, West Side Story, and Cincinnati Opera's World Premiere, Morning Star Follow Cincinnati Opera and #CincyOperaInThePark on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for postings throughout the evening of June 7 Presenting Sponsor: Western & Southern Financial Group
CINCINNATI--Cincinnati Opera will kick off its 95th Summer Festival on Sunday, June 7 with a free concert in downtown Cincinnati's Washington Park, across from Music Hall. Opera in the Park will feature opera and musical theater favorites performed by stars of the 2015 season, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of opera under the setting sun. Park concessions will be available with full bar service, soda, and water. Food trucks will be on-site for the event. No tickets are necessary, but attendees are encouraged to register to receive event updates. All registrants will be entered into a drawing for a Cincinnati Opera prize package valued at $300. To register, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Featured singers for the program are sopranos Jeanine De Bique, Julianna Di Giacomo, Stephanie Jennings, and Twyla Robinson, mezzo-sopranos Jamie Barton and Kathryn Leemhuis, tenors Andrew Bidlack, Larry Hylton, and Russell Thomas, baritone Morgan Smith, and bass-baritone Kenneth Shaw. Christopher Allen, the John L. Magro Resident Conductor, who will lead the orchestra for the Opera's upcoming world premiere of Morning Star, will conduct. The Cincinnati Opera Chorus will be led by longtime chorus master Henri Venanzi. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, will serve as host.
The featured singers include stars of Cincinnati Opera's mainstage productions during the 2015 Summer Festival. The 2015 Richard Tucker Award winner, Jamie Barton, will star as Azucena in the season-opening production, Il Trovatore. Also in Il Trovatore are Julianna Di Giacomo as Leonora, Atlanta Symphony Artist-in-Residence Russell Thomas as Manrico, and Kathryn Leemhuis as Inez. Twyla Robinson returns for her third appearance with Cincinnati Opera, singing the role of Becky in the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman's Morning Star. Joining her in Morning Star are Morgan Smith as Aaron Greenspan, Andrew Bidlack as Irving Tashman, Jeanine De Bique as Pearl, Larry Hylton as Prince, and Kenneth Shaw as Rabbi Engel.
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The Opera in the Park Presenting Sponsor is Western & Southern Financial Group.
Media partners are 91.7 WVXU and 90.9 WGUC. For more information, please visit www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Cincinnati Opera presents Opera in the Park Presenting Sponsor: Western & Southern Financial Group
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE, but attendees are encouraged to register to receive event updates.
All registrants will be entered into a drawing for a Cincinnati Opera prize package valued at $300. To register, visit www.cincinnatiopera.org.
Parking: Available in Washington Park Garage, $5 (entry before 5 p.m.), $10 (entry between 5-7:30 p.m.)
Opera in the Park Presenting Sponsor: Western & Southern Financial Group
Cincinnati Opera's 2015 Summer Festival runs June 18 through July 31, featuring Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore, the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman's Morning Star, Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and Giacomo Puccini's Turandot. The season will open with Opera in the Park, a free community concert in Washington Park, on June 7. Cincinnati Opera's 2015 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy's, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations. www.cincinnatiopera.org
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