Best Of 2019

Best Most Exciting Programming by a Performing Arts Institution: Cincinnati Opera

Cincinnati Opera, under Director of Artistic Operations and New Work Development Marcus Küchle, has distinguished itself nationwide — and attracted a newer, younger audience here — with its cutting-edge programming. In 2018, it had sell-outs for its U.S. premiere of the operatic adaptation of Roger Waters’ Another Brick in the Wall. Its chamber opera As One, a coming-of-age story of a transgender woman with music and concept by Laura Kaminsky and libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, won accolades. Meanwhile, its Opera Fusion: New Works partnership with University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, for which Küchle was co-artistic director, workshopped Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian; composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice; and Kaminsky and Reed’s new Postville: Hometown to the World in 2018. Küchle has since departed Cincinnati for a conducting job in Austria, but word is that the commitment to Opera Fusion and new work will remain strong. Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiopera.org.