Cincinnati Opera's "Flowering Tree" True Sensory Immersion
2 Jul 2011
Music in Cincinnati
John Adams' "A Flowering Tree" opened in a new production by Cincinnati Opera June 30 at Music Hall in Cincinnati (with repeat July 2).  Directed by Brian Robertson, it was a true feast for the senses -- to satiety, with video projections, ballet, dazzling costumes and Thomas Hase's magical lighting -- though there was Adams' magnificent score to provide constant reference.  Re-creating their roles in the 2006 premiere in Vienna were Eric Owens as the Storyteller, soprano Jessica Rivera as Kumudha and Russell Thomas as the Prince. Joana Carneiro led with assurance in the pit. (first published at


Golijov: Ainadamar
Poulenc: Gloria in G major
Spohr: Songs (6), Op. 103
Salazar: Canciones Mexicanas (3)
Adams: A Flowering Tree
Golijov: La pasión según San Marcos
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Górecki: Symphony no 3, Op. 36 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
Mompou: Combat del somni
Theofanidis: Creation/Creator
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Spano: Hölderlin-Lieder: No. 1, Lebenslauf

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