Fierce the Opera
July 14, 2021 - July 23, 2021
Fierce the Opera
Fierce the Opera is a collaboration with WordPlay Cincy, The Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagine, Fierce receives its highly-anticipated world premiere during Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 season. The opera focuses on four teenage girls who face struggles with school, family, and friendship, and follows their journeys toward finding empowerment.
In Fierce the Opera, four teenage girls gather for a workshop on writing an effective college essay. The teacher asks them to “Tell me who you are.” Each of the girls shares her story. One is mourning the loss of a special friend. Another hides behind her popularity. The third feels constrained by her parents’ expectations. And the last has a troubled home life. Despite the chorus of trolls that taunts them, the girls unite, declaring their empowerment.
Fierce tells stories inspired by the lives of the Cincinnati-area teenage girls who helped create it. Composer William Menefield and novelist Sheila Williams join forces to present this new work in collaboration with community partners WordPlay Cincy, The Music Resource Center—Cincinnati (MRC), and i.imagine.
Interviews with WordPlay and MRC participants inspired the opera’s libretto by novelist Sheila Williams, and the score is by composer and Cincinnati native William Menefield. Teenage girls participating in i.imagine’s photography-based educational programs will partner with Cincinnati Opera on promoting the production to their peers. D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, makes her Cincinnati Opera debut as Fierce’s stage director and dramaturg. The production design is by Samantha Reno, with lighting design by Thomas C. Hase and wig and make-up design by James Geier.
Plans for the 2021 Summer Festival include three operas that were originally scheduled to be presented in 2020—the world premieres of Castor and Patience and Fierce, as well as The Barber of Seville—plus the return of two all-time favorite operas, Carmen and Tosca. Performances are currently slated to take place at Music Hall and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), and to feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Fierce the Opera Time & Dates: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. SCPA’s Mayerson Theater Cincinnati Opera’s mission is to enrich and connect our community through diverse opera experiences. For more information, ticket information, and program updates, visit cincinnatiopera.org. Check out this article, A Musical Journey Through Black History