Best Of 2020

Best World Premiere Opera to Open Your Eyes: "Blind Injustice"

"Blind Injustice"
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"Blind Injustice"

No question: Cincinnati Opera’s Blind Injustice hits hard and stays with you long afterward. Based on University of Cincinnati law professor and Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) co-founder Mark Godsey’s 2017 book Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions, it weaves together the stories of six wrongly incarcerated people aided by the OIP. The actual words of the exonerees are used in the libretto crafted by David Cote, which is accompanied by Scott Davenport Richards’ brilliant score. Robin Guarino’s terrific staging of the sold-out series of shows in the Wilks Studio in Music Hall in July 2019 drew excellent performances from a gifted cast that included members of Cincinnati’s Young Professionals Choral Collaborative. The five performances sold out months in advance, as did a free presentation at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Bond Hill. Blind Injustice is proof positive that opera can bear powerful witness to the social issues of our time, as well as to the strength of the human spirit in the face of mindless injustice. May it be seen again and again and again, here and throughout the country. Cincinnati Opera, cincinnatiopera.org.