Three Opera Raps on February 15, 16 & 23



Each year, Cincinnati Opera presents a diverse series of informative and entertaining Opera Raps lectures in the months leading up to, and during, the summer performance season. These community programs are created to enlighten and engage opera devotees and newcomers alike, and feature conversations on topics related to Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival. For more information, visit

Delights for the Palate: Dishes Inspired by Opera

Fred Plotkin makes culinary music with the help of Cincinnati Opera’s favorite chef, Evans Mirageas. Enjoy a unique evening of delicious dishes, and learn about their interesting–and sometimes surprising–connections to opera.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Midwest Culinary Institute Auditorium at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223
Admission: $30 per person. Cash bar. Reservations required: (513) 241-2742

Going the Extra Mile: Traveling for Opera
Fred Plotkin offers advice on how to be a smart opera traveler and experience magnificent performances at the world’s finest opera houses. Learn helpful hints and insider tips that will inspire you to plan your very own international opera experience.

When: Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, 11th floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE. Reservations required: (513) 241-2742

About Fred Plotkin
One of America’s foremost experts on opera, Fred Plotkin is the author of Opera 101 and Italy for the Gourmet Traveler. He is a regular guest on Travel with Rick Steves, and a writer for the WQXR blog, Operavore.

Women in Opera
Join Emma Griffin as she explores some of the fascinating female characters you’ll encounter at Cincinnati Opera this summer. Lauded by the New York Times for her “intelligent staging,” theater and opera director Emma Griffin is Assistant Professor of Music in Opera/Directing at UC’s CCM, and a frequent collaborator on new music and theater pieces.

When: Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, 11th floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Admission: FREE. Reservations required: (513) 241-2742

Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every June and July. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 Summer Festival runs June 15 through July 23, featuring Giacomo Puccini’s La BohèmeRobert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 

The Magic FluteThe season will open with Opera in the Park, a free community concert in Washington Park, on June 11. Cincinnati Opera will also present Missy Mazzoli’s 

Song from the Uproar in collaboration with concert:nova. Cincinnati Opera’s 2017 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.