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So Cincinnati: Cincinnati Opera

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- A geisha girl marries an American officer who dumps her and she's pregnant.
   
A gypsy girl dumps the factory worker for the sexy bullfighter.  Opera plots are often steamy and usually someone dies.  The stories are told in a big way with big voices that don't need microphones.
    
Cincinnati's Opera kicked off its 94th season Sunday with "Opera in the Park," Washington Park.  4,000 people attended.  The season opened at Music Hall Thursday night with the ever popular, "Carmen."  Cincinnati's opera is the second oldest in the country and the story behind it is So Cincinnati.

The opera is rich in tradition.  The Germans who came to Cincinnati, the tailors, the butchers, the candlestick makers all brought music to the city.  After union meetings the men sang together.  For over 50 years the opera performed at the Cincinnati Zoo Pavilion.  Then in 1972 it moved to Music Hall.

Opera patron Tricia Suit said, "I love the history of the opera; from the Zoo to Music Hall, don't feel like summer in Cincinnati unless you go to the opera."

The set for act one of "Carmen" is the square in Seville, Spain.  That is the name of the most popular bullfighter.  Saucy, cigarette girl Carmen falls for him in the opera.

"Carmen" is sung in French.  There are subtitles if you need it but the words don't seem to matter.  It's the music.  Patrons can be moved to tears by the beauty of one note.  Then you can shout, "Bravo!"  

There are more "Carmen" performances and three other summer operas including "Silent Night."  A new opera by an American composer is the true story of the Christmas truce of 1914 when enemies laid down their arms and came out of the trenches for one peaceful night.
   
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