Best Of 2018

Best Opera Adventure: Song from the Uproar

Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli was the highlight of last summer’s opera season, thanks to Abigail Fischer’s powerful performance as Isabelle Eberhardt, the Russian-born Swiss adventurer and writer. Although there is a small vocal ensemble, Uproar is a one-woman show and Fischer took on Eberhardt’s complexities with a gorgeously burnished mezzo and balletic grace. Royce Vavrek’s libretto incorporates texts by him and Mazzoli with Eberhardt’s words, which Mazzoli’s score brilliantly projects. Presented at the intimate Fifth Third Bank Theater at the Aronoff Center, in collaboration with concert:nova, Uproar is the latest success in Cincinnati Opera’s commitment to new works. Let’s hope they’ll present Breaking the Waves (based on the Lars von Trier film) and Proving Up, Mazzoli and Vavrek’s most recent works, both of which have won critical and audience acclaim. Cincinnati Opera, cincinnatiopera.org.