Cincinnati Opera releases premiere recording of Scott Davenport Richards and David Cotes BLIND INJUSTICE
Cincinnati Opera has released the live audio recording of the world premiere of Blind Injustice, the critically acclaimed new opera featuring music by Scott Davenport Richards and the libretto by David Cote. Directed by Robin Guarino, Blind Injustice was recorded at Wilks Studio in the Cincinnati Music Hall in July 2019 and will be released on the Fanfare Cincinnati label.
The digital album is now available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and other digital music retailers, and for streaming on Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon Music, and other music streaming services. The CD release can be pre-ordered at cincinnatiopera.org/bravo-shop.
Blind Injustice premiered at the Cincinnati Opera in July 2019 to a sold-out audience and rave reviews. The opera explores the true stories of six innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit and then ultimately released by the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). The opera is a collaboration with the OIP and the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) of Cincinnati and is based on the casework of the OIP and the book Blind Injustice by law professor and OIP director Mark Godsey of the University of Cincinnati as well as interviews with the six exonerees: Rickey Jackson, Nancy Smith, Clarence Elkins and the East Cleveland 3-Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson. Through Richards’ music and Cotes libretto, the opera brings to life the fear, perseverance and grace of these men and women.
The recording includes the original cast, the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, members of YPCC and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell.
Lead support for the inclusion of Blind Injustice was generously provided by Dianne and J. David Rosenberg.
Blind Injustice received his first workshop on Opera Fusion: New Works, a partnership between the Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) to support the development of new operas. Opera Fusion: New Works is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
More information is available at www.cincinnatiopera.org.