Onstage: Opera Idol in Concert

Playing on the national obsession with American Idol-style talent competitions, the Opera auditioned almost 200 aspiring singers, all vying for a chance to sing with the Cincinnati Opera next summer. Now down to 10 semi-finalists, the Opera presents Oper

That’s right folks, the Opera does more than present timeless works of vocal art. They dabble in pop culture, too. Playing on the national obsession with American Idol-style talent competitions, the Opera auditioned almost 200 aspiring singers, all vying for a chance to sing with the Cincinnati Opera next summer. Now down to 10 semi-finalists, the Opera presents Opera Idol in Concert. The finalists, who come from as far away as Wilberforce and West Chester to Moscow (Ohio) and Highland Heights, will perform live with commentary from Idol judges. And you can be a judge, too, as audience votes will determine the five finalists, who will return after intermission to sing again. Videos of the final five will be available on the opera’s Web site. The ultimate winner, recipient of a $3,500 contract to sing in a Cincinnati Opera production next summer, will be announced at the end of the 2009 Opera season. 7 p.m. at the Aronoff’s Jarson Kaplan Theater. $10. Get details, tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.

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