Cincinnati Opera’s first mainstage production in Spanish was last week at Music Hall. Saturday night’s show was not sold out but had strong attendance.
The set was on the minimalist side and didn’t change much throughout. The music and voices were lovely and it’s always impressive to see the coordination of so many elements in a single show: singers, dancers, chorus, orchestra, set production, costumes, lighting, surcaps, pre-show entertainment outside, etc.
The opera is starting their shows at 7:30 instead of 8. Which means dinner after is a better option than dinner before. It’s too far to walk to Shanghai in opera shoes but the short drive is worth it for some late night pad thai.