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Six reasons to try opera

Ever wonder what’s the big deal about opera? Learn all about it at Cincinnati Opera Rap, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

Tosca3Enjoy “One Giant Leap: Puccini’s tragic and powerful ‘Tosca,‘” celebrated for its gorgeous melodies and dramatic plot twists.

Cincinnati Opera Managing Director Chris Milligan will take a closer look into the Sardou play that inspired the opera and the work’s performance history.

Hear why you shouldn’t miss Cincinnati Opera’s stunning new period production of this beautiful classic.

Ashley Tongret, Carrico/Fort Thomas patron & PR person for Cincinnati Opera

Ashley Tongret, Carrico/Fort Thomas patron & PR person for Cincinnati Opera

Intrigued? Ashley Tongret, a regular Carrico/Fort Thomas patron and Cincinnati Opera Director of Public Relations, offers six reasons you should try opera.

1. Just like chocolate mousse, you don’t know whether or not you’ll like it until you try it.
2. Opera is for everyone. Wear a ball gown, or jeans, or both!
3. You don’t need to come prepared, or know any foreign languages. The story is in your program, and the words are projected in English above the stage as the words are sung.
4. Experiencing opera is a lot like watching a movie being performed right in front of you.
5. Yes, there’s music most of the time, but don’t let that scare you: There’s music during most of Star Wars, too! Just as in movies, music helps tell the story and prompts how you should feel about a certain character or during a particular scene.
6. Opera singers don’t use amplification. Unlike Broadway, opera singers are specially trained so their voices reach every part of the theater without microphones or speakers.


This article appeared in the May issue of our Connections newsletter.

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Join the Arts & Culture Crowd

Janet Ginter enjoys variety. That’s why she’s a regular at the library’s Arts & Culture Series at Carrico/Fort Thomas, now in its third year.

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Janet Ginter, photographed at our Cold Spring Branch

“I like a lot of diversity,” said Ms. Ginter, a retiree from Alexandria. “I like a lot of different types of music and a lot of different types of people.”

The series offers two great events in April. At 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, Falcon Theatre & The Queen City Sisters present “Sentimental Journey,” a fond look back to the Golden Age of Radio.

Become part of a studio audience at a 1943 broadcast and hear Andrews Sisters-style songs, plus serial comedies and melodramas.

At 7 pm Friday, April 29, the series swings toward the swing revival of the 1990s, as The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents The Covington Devou-Doo Daddies.

The KSO’s 10-piece show band will enthusiastically recreate the fusion of old jazz and swing with modern rock.

The KSO, an Arts & Culture Series staple, an Arts & Culture Series staple, is a favorite of Ms. Ginter.

The Konermans, photographed at the Cold Spring Branch

The Konermans, photographed at the Cold Spring Branch

Sandy Konerman of Alexandria, who attends many Library events with her husband, Bert, also lists the KSO as a favorite. “When they come, they are really good,” Mrs. Konerman said. “We’ve gone to two KSO performances and they were both excellent. We brought lots of friends and they all loved it. Some of them are coming to the next one.”

Mrs. Konerman also likes the diversity of all the Library’s events. She’s especially looking forward to the upcoming City Barbeque’s Food for Thought at 6:30 pm Tuesday, April 19 at Cold Spring.

Separate registration for both Arts & Culture Series events is required. The series is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Campbell County Public Library. Added support for the April 29 event is provided by Seta Music of Silverton, Ohio.

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