Featuring Chris Milligan, Managing Director of Cincinnati Opera

CINCINNATI — Every year, Cincinnati Opera presents a diverse series of informative and entertaining Opera Raps lectures in the months leading up to, and during, the summer performance season. These community programs are created to enlighten and engage opera devotees and newcomers alike, and feature conversations on topics related to Cincinnati Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival.

One Giant Leap: Puccini’s Tosca

Puccini’s tragic and powerful Tosca is celebrated for its gorgeous melodies and dramatic plot twists. Join Cincinnati Opera Managing Director Chris Milligan for a closer look into the Sardou play that inspired the opera, the work’s performance history, and why you don’t want to miss our stunning new period production of this beautiful classic.

When: Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 1000 Highland Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Admission: Free, but reservations are required. To reserve, call (859) 572-5033 or visit
The Mercantile Library
When: Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Where: 414 Walnut Street, 11th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Admission: Free for members, $5 for non-members (cash only). To reserve, email reservations@mercantilelibrary.com or call (513) 621-0717.

Founded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the nation, Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling season of grand opera every June and July. The company’s repertoire includes beloved classics and contemporary masterworks brought to life by some of the world’s most dynamic performers and creative teams.

Cincinnati Opera’s 2016 Summer Festival runs June 16 through July 29, featuring Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, the world premiere of Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s Fellow Travelers, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Giacomo Puccini’s ToscaOpera in the Park, a free community concert in Washington Park, returns on June 26. Cincinnati Opera’s 2016 Season Presenting Sponsor is PNC. The 2016 season is also made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, Macy’s, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.