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Cincinnati Opera Auditions Look Different During A Pandemic

Left, Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks artistic director, Cincinnati Opera; Logan Wagner, Tenor
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Left, Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks artistic director, Cincinnati Opera; Logan Wagner, Tenor

The Cincinnati Opera recently held auditions for its 2021 Summer Festival Chorus. In any typical year, the event would bring dozens of singers to Music Hall, performing nearly back-to-back for several days in a row. This is anything but a typical year.

Auditions in the age of COVID required a careful level of planning, from social distancing to plexiglass barriers. The event was music to the ears.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss auditions under a pandemic are Cincinnati Opera Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director Evans Mirageas; and one of the auditioning performers, Tenor Logan Wagner.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.