Cincinnati Opera's "Castor and Patience"
July 22-30, 2022
Originally commissioned for Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary in 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "Castor and Patience" receives its much-anticipated world premiere in July 2022. With music by Gregory Spears, composer of the company’s acclaimed 2016 commission "Fellow Travelers," and an original libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, the opera centers on two cousins from an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited in the American South. Deeply relevant to ongoing calls for racial justice, "Castor and Patience" probes historical and continuing obstacles to Black land ownership in the United States.
Performances will be held on July 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 in Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. New subscriptions to Cincinnati Opera’s 2022 Summer Festival will become available in January 2022, and single tickets, including tickets to "Castor and Patience," go in sale in spring 2022.