Onstage: Morning Star

Tuesday is the long-anticipated opening of Morning Star, Cincinnati Opera’s first world premiere in more than 50 years.

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'Morning Star'

Tuesday is the long-anticipated opening of Morning Star, Cincinnati Opera’s first world premiere in more than 50 years. When the lights go up in the School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Corbett Theater, it will mark the culmination of an odyssey spanning more than 15 years for composer Ricky Ian Gordon and his librettist William M. Hoffman, and a three-year journey for Cincinnati Opera.

Based on a 1940 play by Sylvia Regan, Morning Star chronicles a Russian Jewish family struggling to assimilate into early 20th-century America, with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire serving as the central event — in 1911, 146 workers, mostly immigrant women, died in a fire in a Manhattan garment factory whose locked doors prevented any chance of escape. Read more about Morning Star here.


MORNING STAR opens Tuesday and runs for seven performances through July 19 at SCPA’s Corbett Theater. More info: cincinnatiopera.com.


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