Cincinnati Opera Commissions Gregory Spears’ ‘Castor And Pastor’

By Francisco Salazar

The Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music have announce that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, will host a residency for the new opera “Castor and Patience.”

The new work will be written by composer Gregory Spears and librettist by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith. The work was commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera in honor of its 100th anniversary season and will receive its world premiere as part of the company’s 2020 Summer Festival.

The work will mark Spears’s second work for the company, following his critically acclaimed opera “Fellow Travelers.”

During the Opera Fusion: New Works residency, which begins on August 26, the work’s creative team will collaborate with singers and musicians for a 10-day workshop, culminating in a public performance of excerpts on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.