Great Mass in C minor

Music by

Mozart

Cincinnati Music Hall

Cincinnati, OH

Friday May 20, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Soloists

Soprano  Lisette Oropesa
Mezzo-soprano  Elizabeth DeShong
Tenor  Benjamin Bliss
Baritone  John Cheek

Conductor

James Conlon

About

May Festival

The 2016 May Festival kicks off on Friday, May 20 at Cincinnati Music Hall with Mozart’s
exquisite “Great” Mass in C minor. With its grandiose choruses, pristine virtuosity for soloists and
soaring expressiveness, this is one of the composer’s most-beloved works. Also on the program are
Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Exsultate jubilate. Soprano Lisette Oropesa, mezzo-soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Ben Bliss and baritone John Cheek bring their artistry to these
masterpieces along with the May Festival Chorus and CSO.

May Festival Chorus
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Reviews

Mozart Mass inspires in May Festival opener

“Oropesa performed the lovely solo, “Et incarnatus” with radiant beauty, and her stunning trills, leaps and embellishments were in perfect tandem with the winds of the CSO”

“In the evening’s first half, Oropesa displayed impressive vocal flourishes and flexibility in the soprano showpiece, “Exsultate, jubilate.”

—  Janelle Gelfand  •  Cincinnati Enquirer