Cincinnati Opera & CCM Opera’s Opera Fusion Announce 2018 Residencies

By Francisco Salazar

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music have announced that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, will host two new operas in November and December of 2018.

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program and LA Opera, the new opera “Eurydice,” by composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright Sarah Ruhl, will receive a 10-day workshop in Cincinnati and the residency will culminate in a public performance in Cincinnati in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio. The presentation will be followed by a public presentation in New York City at the Century Association.

Then, composer Laura Kaminsky and filmmaker Kimberly Reed will bring their latest work, “Postville: Hometown to the World,” to the program. The new piece will investigate the intersection of immigration, race, religion, ethnicity, and culture in America’s heartland. Selections from this opera will be performed publicly at the conclusion of the workshop.

“Postville: Hometown to the World” is part of “Opera For All Voices,” an initiative which was established with the goal of creating works that attract audiences of all ages who may not have had prior exposure to opera. The initiative is led by Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera.