Opera Fusion: New Works presents ‘Intimate Apparel’

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music will present “Intimate Apparel” Nov. 5-14 as part of its Opera Fusion: New Works residency. The new American opera by composer Ricky Ian Gordon, with a libretto by Lynn Nottage, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program.

The workshop will be directed by CCM’s Robin Guarino and conducted by Timothy Myers, artistic and music director of North Carolina Opera. Paul Cremo, dramaturg and director of opera commissioning programs for the Met, will be the dramaturg for the workshop.

Adapted by Lynn Nottage from her prize-winning 2003 play of the same name, “Intimate Apparel” tells the story of Esther, a 35-year-old seamstress in 1905 New York City.

This is the second of two Opera Fusion: New Works productions this fall. In September, “Some Light Emerges,” composed by Laura Kaminsky to a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, was presented.

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Opera Fusion: New Works was created in 2011 to foster the development of new American operas.  

The residency for “Intimate Apparel” will culminate in a free public performance of excerpts Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cincinnati Club’s Oak Room, 30 Garfield Place. Tickets are available through the Cincinnati Opera box office.

513-241-2742 or cincinnatiopera.org

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