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April 2010

What’s New · Cincinnati Opera Anniversary

Renata Scotto Renata Scotto

Popular Library Program

The Cincinnati Opera celebrates its 90th anniversary in June and July. To commemorate this milestone, the Popular Library will host an Italian language class for opera lovers on Saturday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m., in the Popular Library Reading Lounge in the Main Library.

Experience the grace and charm of the Italian language through the beauty of the aria at a program presented by Cincinnati's Italian School Amici. Professor David Bezona, former German and European opera tenor, and currently a music and theatre-arts educator at Wilmington College of Cincinnati, will lead a one-hour discussion and demonstration of the use of the Italian language from its inception and through the history of Italian opera. He will be joined by former Metropolitan Opera soprano Blythe Walker.

The Popular Library recently reorganized its collection of more than 600 opera titles on CD. Your favorite opera is now easier than ever to find and borrow. Visit the Popular Library on the First Floor of the Main Library today!

Cincinnati Opera Archives at the Main Library

The Library is proud to be the custodian of the Cincinnati Opera Archives, a responsibility we inherited in 2006 from the Cincinnati Historical Society. The archives, which extend from 1883 to 1994, include a wealth of material chronicling the history of the Opera. It contains photographs of the many legendary stars and conductors who performed with the company along with historic programs, posters, scores, librettos, scrapbooks, newspaper articles and clippings, and other documents. More information, including images of some of the material in the collection, is available here.