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Opera and ballet make a classic return to Downtown

Opera Circle recently announced plans to return opera to Downtown Cleveland.    Over at Opera Circle, they’re accustomed to doing things on a small scale with spare sets and costumes and a laser-beam focus on musical values. The Cleveland company is continuing to do so during its 17th season, which last month with a production of Bellini’s “Norma.”
However, at season’s end in June, they’ll take their company to downtown Cleveland for the first time to present Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Ohio Theatre in PlayhouseSquare.    Co-directors Dorota Sobieska and Jacek Sobieski state that the performances mark the beginning of a beautiful new relationship with the region’s opera-loving public.
Opera Circle generally performs in churches and halls, and is now heading Downtown to introduce itself to opera lovers who may not be aware of their performances. To learn more about Opera Circle, read the full story on
PlayhouseSquare is not only helping reintroduce opera to Downtown, but they are now housing Ballet In Cleveland. This company, now located in the heart of PlayhouseSquare, is right in the center of Cleveland history.
It was vital for Ballet In Cleveland to be located at PlayhouseSquare, as its aim is to present the highest quality professional classical ballet performances and events, and what better location for their office than right in the middle of the second largest performing arts district in the country.
Ballet in Cleveland’s mission is to revitalize the presence of classical ballet in Cleveland, Ohio by presenting performances by the highest quality professional ballet companies as well as promoting the art through ballet-centered programming and events that not only foster interest but also educate and entertain the community. Ballet in Cleveland will highlight the importance, relevance, and entertaining artistry of professional classical ballet in the region.

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