Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director of Cincinnati Opera, is pleased to announce the repertoire, selected guest artists and creative team members, and special events for the company’s 2017 Summer Festival, which will run from June 15 to July 23. The company’s 97th season will feature three mainstage operas, including the return of the company’s heartbreaking English National Opera co-production of La Bohème, conducted by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Louis Langrée; the company premiere of Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida, inspired by the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; and the spectacular Barrie Kosky/1927 production of The Magic Flute from the Komische Oper Berlin. Cincinnati Opera will also collaborate with concert:nova on a special presentation of Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar. The season will commence with the fifth annual free Opera in the Park concert in Washington Park.
While the $135 million renovation of the company’s performance and administrative home,Cincinnati Music Hall, continues on schedule, all mainstage performances will take place as planned at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2017, and Cincinnati Opera’s 2018 Summer Festival will be presented in the revitalized Music Hall.
The 2017 Summer Festival will open with Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème in the 2,500-seat Procter & Gamble Hall, followed by Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida in the 400-seat Jarson-Kaplan Theater. The season will close with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute in the Procter & Gamble Hall. All performances feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.