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Archive for October, 2010

Benjamin Britten’s Operatic Thriller, “The Turn of the Screw,” Continues Spirit of Halloween

CCM Opera Theatre and the Philharmonia Orchestra present the fully staged concert opera Nov. 5-7.

Date: 10/19/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Moore
Phone: (513) 556-9831
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683

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Turn of the Screw

Continuing the spirit of Halloween, the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Opera Theatre and Philharmonia join forces to present a fully staged concert version of Benjamin Britten’s operatic thriller, “The Turn of the Screw,” in the Patricia Corbett Theater on the University of Cincinnati campus on Nov. 5-7.

Based on the famous Henry James novella and described by Stephen King as “the quintessential ghost story,” “The Turn of the Screw” tells the story of a young governess hired to care for two young children on an isolated English manor estate. Shortly after her arrival the governess is haunted by two malicious ghosts who she fears are stalking her innocent charges. Determined to save the children, the governess battles the supernatural while struggling with the apparent complicity of the children. Benjamin Britten blends 12-tone technique, arresting motifs and stirring lyricism, as the “Screw” turns in this chilling tale of sexual repression and the corruption of innocence.

Conducted by Christopher Allen and directed by Amanda Consul, the performance is sung in English. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 non-UC students. UC students can receive one free ticket with their ID two days prior to the first performance.

“The Turn of the Screw

Music by Benjamin Britten

Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

Based on the novella by Henry James

Christopher Allen, conductor

Amanda Consol, director

Click here to view the cast

Performance Dates:

Nov. 5-7

* Friday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

* Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.

* Sunday, Nov. 7, 2:30 p.m.


Patricia Corbett Theater

College-Conservatory of Music

University of Cincinnati


$15 — general admission

$10 —non-UC students

UC students can receive one free ticket with their ID two days prior to the first performance.

Ordering and Additional Information:
513-556-4183 or

Michael Maniaci and The Catacoustic Consort perform tonight at CCM, 8:00pm – Werner Recital Hall

The CCM Student Tribunal presents Cincinnati’s own early music ensemble, the Catacousic Consort, with Cincinnati’s own international opera superstar, Michael Maniaci, performing love songs from 17th-century Italy with theorbo, lirone, and viola da gamba. Join us to hear this amazing talent to share an intimate evening of beautiful music with Michael Maniaci (NY), Daniel Swenberg (NY), and Annalisa Pappano.

Location: Werner Recital Hall, CCM
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Michael
Click here to learn more about The Catacousic Consort

CCM Opera Students advance to Met Opera Central Region Finals in Chicago

This past weekend a number of talented singers competed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions for Southern Ohio here at CCM. CCM Opera is proud to announce two of its singers have advanced to the next round. Congratulations to soprano Xi Wang & mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom. Amongst a very stiff competition they were singled out by the judges and now move on to the Central Region Finals in Chicago. Also receiving accolades was mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel who was given an encouragement award by the judges.

MONC is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Many of the world’s foremost singers including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.

CCM Opera 2010-2011 Season

This year’s opera season offers a variety of performances from the Baroque to Contemporary. In addition to six shows we are also hosting one of the icons of American opera, Carlisle Floyd for an evening of his operatic works. Mr. Floyd will be joined the The Metropolitan Opera pianist/coach George Darden.
If you have an questions about tickets please contact the CCM Box office at 513-556-4183 OR

The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten
Patricia Corbett Theater
November 5th – 8:00 p.m.
November 6th – 8:00 p.m.
November 7th – 2:30 p.m.

An Evening with Carlisle Floyd
Patricia Corbett Theater
November 17th – 7:00 p.m.

Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Patricia Corbett Theater
February 10th – 8:00 p.m.
February 11th – 8:00 p.m.
February 12th – 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
February 13th – 2:30 p.m.

L’île de Tulipatan by Jacques Offenbach
Cohen Family Studio Theater
March 4th – 8:00 p.m.
March 5th – 8:00 p.m.
March 6th – 2:30 p.m.

The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček
Cohen Family Studio Theater
April 1st – 8:00 p.m.
April 2nd – 8:00 p.m.

Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc
Corbett Auditorium
May 12th – 8:00 p.m.
May 13th – 8:00 p.m.
May 14th – 8:00 p.m.
May 15th – 2:30 p.m.

Giulio Cesare in Egitto By George Frideric Handel
Cohen Family Studio Theater
May 27th – 8:00 p.m.
May 28th – 8:00 p.m.
May 29th – 2:30 p.m.