Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Opera Program are pleased to announce the selection of a new American opera, Shalimar the Clown, for the fall 2015 Opera Fusion: New Works residency.

Shalimar the Clown
Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Rajiv Joseph
October 7-17, 2015

Free Public Performance of Excerpts
Saturday, October 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.
The Transept
1205 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
FREE, but reservations are required.
Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

The story

Adapted from a 2005 novel by Salman Rushdie, Shalimar the Clown tells the story of Shalimar and his beloved Boonyi, who have grown up together in a pastoral Kashmiri village, making people laugh as acrobats and dancers in a traditional folk theater. Though one is Muslim and one is Hindu, they fall in love—and despite all odds, their village embraces their marriage. But when a new American ambassador sees Boonyi dance, dark clouds gather. The promise of a new life tears their love apart and sends Shalimar down a path of revenge.