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Violetta’s Chosen Family – Opera Rap

April 17 @ 7:30 pm

First Lutheran Church

Free Admission

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See the Opera Rap, Violetta’s Chosen Family at First Lutheran Church on April 17.

As a preview to Cincinnati Opera’s 2024 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, stage director Trevore Ross explores this beloved masterpiece as an ode to the outsider.

When Verdi composed the opera in 1853, his life bore some similarities to that of his heroine, the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry; he was something of a social outcast, living unmarried with his lover, the opera star Giuseppina Strepponi.

Through this lens, Ross will examine Violetta’s world and the friends with whom she surrounded herself. Were they members of high society, fellow demimondaines, or both? The evening will include excerpts performed by soprano Dana Pundt and tenor Pedro Barbosa.

Trevore Ross, director
Dana Pundt-Barbosa, soprano
Pedro Barbosa, tenor
Andrew Crooks, piano

Admission to Violetta’s Chosen Family

Admission is free; reservations are required.

About Opera Raps

Opera Raps are lively and entertaining talks featuring guest artists and opera experts who bring opera stories, excerpts, and behind-the-scenes insights each Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival season. These delightful and informative experiences will enlighten, engage, and excite both the opera-curious and the seasoned opera lovers alike. FREE and open to the public. Reservations required.

About the Cincinnati Opera

Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera is one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in the United States. Known for its longstanding partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a roster of world-class singers, and its spectacular performance venue, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati Opera has received numerous accolades and awards. 

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First Lutheran Church Venue Details


First Lutheran Church is an urban-focused worshipping community rooted in authentic inclusion, abundant generosity, adaptive practices, and vibrant creativity.


On-street parking is available in the neighborhood. Additionally, a 450-space underground parking garage at Washington Park is located directly across Race Street from the front doors. Arrive using Cincinnati METRO.


Chairlift access is available. The building is not equipped with elevator or ramp access.

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Cincinnati,OH45202United States
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