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Archive for May, 2011

CCM Opera Alumni Spotlight – Caitlin Lynch

Caitlin Lynch is one of the most promising young sopranos on the threshold of a prominent career. Mrs. Lynch was an artist diploma student here at CCM from 2004-2006 where she performed leading roles in Ariodante and Don Giovanni.

photo by Arielle Doneson

Where do you call home these days?

My home base has been Cincinnati– Milton Street, but we are moving to Ann Arbor, MI in the fall. I have mostly been on the road, living out of suitcases, in hotel rooms, etc.

What performances and events do you have coming up?

  • Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC– Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium (May 28-June 10)
  • Gotham Chamber Opera, NY, NY– Eliza in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Dark Sister (preview performances Sept. 23-25 and official premiere performances Nov. 9-19)
  • Seattle Opera — Micaela in Carmen (Oct. 21-28)
  • Baltimore Opera– Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro –(March 9, 11, 2012)
  • Dallas Opera– First Lady in The Magic Flute (April 20-May 6, 2012)
  • Opera Company of Philadelphia — Eliza in Dark Sisters (June 8, 10, 13, 2012)

Could you share a little bit about what you have been working on this past year?

  • Arizona Opera, Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio April 2011
  • Palm Beach Opera, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Feb. 2011
  • University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI, soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 2010
  • Opera Carolina, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Oct. 2010
  • Opera Cleveland, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Sept. 2010
  • Awards and accolades: George London Awards Honorable Mention and 3rd place in the New York MET Regional Council Auditions

What are some of your fond memories of CCM?

One of the most inspiring moments I had as a student was singing “Let Evening Come” by William Bolcom for William Bolcom himself in a master class. It was thrilling and humbling and I will never forget it.

Each role I had while I was at CCM taught me something– musically, dramatically, physically. I feel very blessed to have had those experiences. I will never forget singing Ginevra in Ariodante for the first time. I was so overwhelmed by all of that recit. and all of the arias– I never thought I would be able to do it… and then I did. 🙂 And it felt great. And so many of my fellow cast mates in that production are having fantastic careers right now! CCM has the most extraordinary young talent.

What was something of value that you took from CCM?

I learned how to sing while I was a student at CCM with Bill McGraw’s guidance and patience, and I continue to learn from him now. He is still my teacher and I feel he always will be. He is one of the best teachers in the world and I am forever grateful for his continued guidance

I also learned how to learn music with Tibby Plyler’s innovative teaching and wisdom. She is still the coach I work with when preparing new roles and reviewing old roles. The woman is a genius and her methods unlock and reveal music in the most powerful ways.


Stephanie Blythe visits CCM Opera

World renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe joined us at CCM Opera on Thursday for an inspiring two hours of conversation and Q&A with students and faculty.

Ms. Blythe recently performed the role of Fricka in Wagner’s Opera Die Walküre live from the Metropolitan Opera HD Broadcast. She will be singing this Saturday May 28th in Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Cincinnati May Festival.

Preview of CCM Opera Studio Production of Giulio Cesare in Egitto

CCM’s Spring Opera Studio Production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare opens this weekend. To learn more about the creative team click here.

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
by George Frideric Handel
Friday, May 27th – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 28th – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 29th – 2:30pm
The Cohen Family Studio Theater 
For ticket information contact the CCM Box office at 513-556-4183 or email

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Conductor Mark Gibson and stage director Steven Goldstein from opening night of Dialogues of the Carmelites

Mark Gibson and Steven Goldstein, opening night of the CCM Opera Mainstage Production of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

This production marked the first mainstage opera production for Steven Goldstein as the Weinberger Chair of Acting at CCM.
Click here to read Janelle Gelfand’s interview with Steven about Dialogues of the Carmelites and his interpretation of the opera.

Steven Goldstein’s “A Little Night Music” highlighted in The Sondheim Review

The Sondheim Review (TSR) is the quarterly magazine dedicated to the work of the musical theatre and Broadway’s foremost composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. In the Winter issue our own Steven Goldstein was reviewed by Rick Pender for his production of A Little Night Music.

Steven Goldstein brought maturity to a student production of A Little Night Music in Cincinnati. – Rick Pender, The Sondheim Review

Click here to read Rick Pender’s review of CCM’s A Little Night Music.

Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe Q & A session with CCM Opera Students

Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe visits CCM Opera this Thursday from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in DVAC 300 for a Q&A session with CCM Opera students and faculty.

Ms. Blythe was most recently featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD production of Wagner’s Die WalkĂĽre as Fricka.

This session is open to all CCM Opera Students and Faculty.

The 26th Annual NOA Vocal Competition includes 2 CCM Opera students

In the 26th Annual NOA Vocal Competition, 112 singers entered the Artist Division, with 13 advancing to the finals. 4 singers from this division were chosen to perform for the NOA banquet. Among the four finalists were 2 CCM Opera students. Catherine Martin (MM), an alumna who is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio program, was awarded 1st place and the Todd Duncan Legacy Award AIMS Scholarship. 3rd place, the Marjorie Gordon Award, was given to current CCM Opera masters student Yoon Geong Lee (MM).