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Jun 11

Curtains Up!

I admit this is a break from our regularly scheduled wine programming.

Kevin & I are involved with the Cincinnati Opera Center Stage group, which is an off-shoot of the Opera focusing on young professionals. Did you know we have the oldest running opera company in the US? There’s also a big party on Friday night for young professionals.

UPDATE 6/20/07: Photos from the event are here.

It’s easy to have a negative viewpoint of Opera. It’s often-times portrayed as long, boring, and for the rich. But it’s not. My first Opera was Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which I saw about 7 years ago. It’s a comedy, and I loved it. I was hooked. Shortly after, we subscribed. Over the years we’ve worked our way down in seats, from the Gallery to the Orchestra floor. Orchestra seats are more expensive. We’re able to afford it because of Center Stage.

(Want to know about the party? All the info is after the jump.)

Here’s the deal. You can join Center Stage for $20/year, per person
under the age of 40. Your first 3 years as a member, you get 50% off up
to two subscriptions each year or 25% off individual tickets. Suddenly
a subscription becomes affordable. In addition, there are all sorts of
cool parties and happy hours associated with Center Stage. I’m also
begging for a Center Stage Lounge at Music Hall, where we can all share
our thoughts at intermission and, of course, share a drink. (No word on
that yet. I’m working on it.) Why are we promoting this? Because
although we’ve sat through our share of long operas, each one has been
a new and exciting experience. More often than not, we really enjoy the
operas. Last year’s L’Etoile was perhaps my favorite of all. We
think everyone should at least give Opera a chance. And we’d like to
see even more folks our own age at Music Hall each summer.

If you are unfamiliar with Opera, this is one of Cincinnati’s more accessible seasons. The first Opera, this weekend, is Faust, which is the classic tale of selling one’s soul for everlasting youth. The next Opera of the season is Cosi Fan Tutte.
It’s a dark comedy and one of the leads is Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Ladies,
this guy is just hot. Forget that fat lady image you have of opera (in
fact, you may be surprised at how young and lithe many of the "new"
opera singers really are). The production is set as a Hollywood movie
in the 1930s. Next in the season is Nixon in China.
It’s an ENGLISH opera about President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972.
Yep, an English opera about recent events. The season ends with a bang
and flourish as the Cincinnati Opera presents Aida.
It’s a "cast of thousands" type of show, with spectacle, live animals,
love, and betrayal. Evans Mirageas, Artistic Director, has a great page of FAQs for first-time opera goers.

So, we now have affordability and accessibility. What’s left? Parties!
We’re kicking off the season for young professionals with Curtains Up!
at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown. Admission is $10, although
for one night, you can apply that $10 to membership in Center Stage. If
you’re already a Center Stage member, admission is free. Opera stars
will be spontaneously bursting into song all night in addition to a dj,
refreshments, and an all-over ’70’s theme, to promote Nixon in China. Of course, there will be a bar and bartender, although I suspect you might be paying for your own drinks.

Interested in joining Center Stage right now? Click here or call Julie at 513.768.5570. Just want to attend the party? It’s Friday night, June 15, from 8 pm – midnight at the CAC.
Go take in a Happy Hour and then drop by our party. Kevin & I will
probably be working the admissions table, so make sure you say hello!

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