Fidelio is a dramatic story about a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to get a job at a jail where her husband is being held as a political prisoner.

The only opera by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed in honor of his 250th birthday.

Presented in collaboration with Amnesty International and the Ohio Innocence Project. There will be a presentation and discussion on criminal justice reform one hour before each performance.

Will full orchestral accompaniment, conducted by Isaac Selya. At the Finneytown Performing Arts Center:

Date and Venue will be confirmed soon.

Tickets: or call 1-800-838-3006


Stage Director: Rebecca Herman

Rebecca Herman splits her time between directing and assistant directing at numerous companies around the country, including numerous productions at Des Moines Metro Opera and Portland Opera. She returns to QCO following her revelatory stage direction in productions of Walküre, Act 1, Der Freischütz, and Iolanta. She is the Founding Artistic Producer at LOLA Local Opera Local Artists, where she recently directed We Might Be Struck By Lighting, and an innovate all-female production of La bohème called “La Femme Bohème.” Her productions there include La Clemenza di Tito: A Retelling. Other credits include directing Don Giovanni and The Daughter of the Regiment at Austin Opera; Assistant Directing Turandot, The Magic Flute, and Rigoletto at Michigan Opera Theatre; and directing The Damnation of Carmen at Lawrence Opera Theatre.


Production Designer: Lizzy DuQuette

Lizzy DuQuette is a multimedia artist living in Price Hill. This is her eighth time working with Queen City Opera. Past productions include design for Mozart’s Abduction, Wagner’s Siegfried Act II and III, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Weber’s Der Freischütz (The Magic Bullets). She created illustrated projections for QCO’s Israel in Egypt at the Mayerson JCC. Lizzy is interested in small and large scale puppetry and has apprenticed with the legendary Bread & Puppet Theater in Glover, VT.


Lighting Design and Technical Director: Larry Csernik

Larry Csernik is lighting designer for theatre and dance. Originally from Louisville, KY, Larry is a local lighting designer who stayed in Cincinnati after attaining his BA in Theater at Northern Kentucky University.

At NKU he has designed many shows including Mud Nostalgia, The Divine Visitor, Dance, The Wedding Singer, Birds, Years: A Musical, As You Like It, The Heidi Chronicles, and most recently Angels in America: Part I.

For the past four years he has designed for both The Commonwealth Theatre Company as well as The Contemporary Dance Theatre of Cincinnati. Other recent productions include The Full Monty and Willy Wonka (The Carnegie in Covington), the premier performance of Soldier’s Christmas (Blueline Editorial), and numerous shows at Thomas More College. He is pleased to return once again to Queen City Opera after designing for Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rossini’s Cinderella, Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Weber’s Der Freischütz, and Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act 1.


Costume Design: Anna Jekel

Anna Jekel is a costume designer from Newton, MA, living in New York City. She recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in theatre production. She held many design positions at Northeastern University including associate costume designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and costume designer for HAIR. Since graduating, she has held positions at Berkshire Theatre Group and Alabama Shakespeare Festival as well at the Hangar Theatre where she designed five shows including The Revolutionists and The Phantom Tollbooth. Anna is currently a costume design Apprentice at the Juilliard School working on costumes for drama, opera, and dance. Anna enjoys embroidery, vintage shopping, and traveling.