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The Knock

Presented by Cincinnati Opera at Music Hall Wilks Studio, Cincinnati OH

Jul 07 2023
The Knock

The Knock // Illustration: © Daria Petrilli - Licensee Chiara Roilo

Our hearts are on the line.

Music by Aleksandra Vrebalov
Libretto by Deborah Brevoort

World stage premiere!
A group of military wives gathers after rumors of a possible incident on the battlefront. Their husbands are fighting the war in Fallujah. Meanwhile, a young Army officer makes the long journey to their gathering place. Named for the expression military spouses use for notifications of death, The Knock explores what must be endured by the loved ones of those who serve. Based on years of interviews with real spouses of American soldiers, this new opera tells dramatic stories of heroism that often go unheard, tragedies that go far beyond the conflict.

Sung in English with projected lyrics.

Performance Sponsor:
Johnson Investment Counsel

The company debut of Stephanie Rhodes Russell was partially supported by OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors, generously funded by the Marineau Family Foundation.

The Knock was co-commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival through a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

This event is sponsored by: DAV Charitable Service Trust.


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The Knock — Cincinnati Opera

Contact: (513) 241-2742


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Opera Insights
Enhance your knowledge and appreciation of The Knock with a pre-curtain discussion one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Wilks Studio. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Music Hall Wilks Studio

1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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