The Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Steven Rosen was in attendance at Saturday’s public workshop of Champion, the new American opera composed by Terence Blanchard with a libretto by Michael Cristofer.
In his review of the performance, Rosen states, “Judging from the enthusiastic audience response, the opera may become a champion in more ways than one. One person asked, to general overall approval, if he would have to go all the way to Saint Louis to see the full opera, wishing Cincinnati Opera would itself stage it. (Several of the CCM students will be in the Saint Louis production.)”
You can read Rosen’s review in its entirety here.
Champion was the first of two new operas selected for this year’s Opera Fusion: New Works program hosted by CCM Opera and Cincinnati Opera. The program will resume late next month, with Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman in residency from Nov. 26 through Dec. 5 to workshop the opera Morning Star.
Learn more about Opera Fusion (and Morning Star) here.
Opera Fusion: New Works is sponsored by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
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