Cincinnati Opera Announces 2022 Season Lineup and Return to Music Hall

The 2022 season features three classics — "Aida," "La Bohème" and "The Pirates of Penzance"— and two world premieres, originally slated to hit the stage in 2020.

click to enlarge The Pirates of Penzance - Photo: Jeff Roffman, Atlanta Opera
Photo: Jeff Roffman, Atlanta Opera
The Pirates of Penzance

After a centennial season canceled due to COVID and another season held outdoors at Summit Park (again due to COVID), Cincinnati Opera is returning to its home at Music Hall for 2022.

The recently released season lineup kicks off June 18, 2022, and features "a full, five-opera season — including two world premieres and new-to-Cincinnati productions — plus creative collaborations with renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers, as well as the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra," says the Cincinnati Opera in a release.

click to enlarge Music Hall - Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Opera
Photo: Provided by Cincinnati Opera
Music Hall

Classics hitting the stage at Music Hall include love stories Aida (July 21, 23, 29, 31) and La Bohème (June 18, 23, 25), plus Gilbert and Sullivan's comedic The Pirates of Penzance (July 7, 9, 10).

Then, at the SCPA's Corbett Theater, guests can view premieres of Fierce (July 6 and 8) and Castor and Patience (July 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30).

“As the arts reopen and stages in Cincinnati once again come alive, we can’t wait to get back home to Music Hall and SCPA,” said Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera artistic director, in a release. “For the audience, we hope it will feel like both a welcome return to form and an exciting leap forward — a not-to-be-missed chapter in Cincinnati Opera’s vibrant history.”

Fierce — with a libretto from Northern Kentucky novelist Sheila Williams and score from local William Menefield — was originally supposed to premiere in 2020 for the Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary, but was pushed due to COVID.

The production examines "four teenage girls struggling with school, family, and friendship, as each embarks on a transformative journey toward empowerment and self-assurance," according to Cincinnati Opera. 

Williams interviewed youth from WorldPlay Cincy and the Music Resource Center to construct the story. Students from i.imagine's photography program will also help promote the program. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati's D. Lynn Meyers will make her Cincinnati Opera debut as the show's producing artistic director and dramaturg.

Another world premiere that was scheduled for the opera's centennial but was also pushed will now take the stage in 2022.

From the team behind Cincinnati Opera's acclaimed Fellow Travelers comes Castor and Patience. With music from Gregory Spears and a libretto from Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, "the opera centers on two cousins from an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South," reads the Cincinnati Opera description. "Deeply relevant to ongoing calls for racial justice, Castor and Patience probes historical and continuing obstacles to Black land ownership in the United States."

Subscriptions for the 2022 Cincinnati Opera season go on sale in January and single tickets will be available in spring 2022. 

For more information, including showtimes and descriptions, visit cincinnatiopera.org.

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