Opera Columbus close to premiering ‘The Flood,’ about the Ohio Flood of 1913

What do you have planned for the coming weekend?

If the answer’s “nothing,” how does “driving to Columbus for some opera” sound?

OK, probably few will do that. However, if you live in Northeast Ohio and love opera, you have only a few opportunities to experience the oh-so-difficult musical genre in person, so driving a couple of hours doesn’t seem that ridiculous. (We will note the Opera Theater at Oberlin College & Conservatory has a production right now and another one in March, while Cleveland Opera Theater’s next performances are in April.)

Opera Columbus is presenting “The Flood” — a world premiere co-commissioned with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and composed by Korine Fujiwara with libretto by Stephen Wadsworth — Feb. 8 through 10 at The Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.

From a news release:

Opera Columbus collaborates for the first time with the Columbus ProMusica Chamber Orchestra to present a newly commissioned chamber opera. The Flood is about the Ohio Flood of 1913 and its lasting effects—the legacy of trauma and how it is passed down through generations. All the stories take place in Columbus, a city whose low-lying, riverbank community Franklinton, the downtown neighborhood directly to the west of the Scioto River, was destroyed in the disaster. The Flood will show the intense human impact of the disaster and its lingering effect through multiple generations of a family.

Get more information here.

Photo courtesy of Opera Columbus

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