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Archive for October, 2011

CCM Opera’s Brandi Samuel featured in the UC Gradcaster Fall Newsletter

The University of Cincinnati Gradcaster Fall 2011 Newsletter featured an article on CCM Opera’s Brandi Samuel (AD).

Click the link above to read the newsletter.


Cincinnati Opera 2012 Preview Event, Tuesday Oct. 25th @ Music Hall

Get the inside scoop on our 2012 season from Evans on October 25!

Join Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, and young artists from CCM on Tuesday, October 25 for a sneak peek at Cincinnati Opera’s 2012 Summer Festival. Evans will offer insight on the upcoming operas, illuminating not only the history and music of each piece, but also providing a unique insider’s look at the creation of a world-class opera season. This summer, Cincinnati Opera will stage three thrilling productions, beginning with a double bill of Italian one-act operas: Leoncavallo’s tragic Pagliacci and Puccini’s charming comedy Gianni Schicchi. Next, Cincinnati Opera will proudly present its first-ever production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The season will close with a sumptuous production of Verdi’s heartrending romance La Traviata.

When: Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Corbett Tower in Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Paid parking available adjacent to Music Hall.

Admission: $5 at the door or in advance by calling the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at
(513) 241-2742.
Seating is limited—reservations are recommended!

Cincinnati Opera gratefully acknowledges the support of ArtsWave and Ohio Arts Council.

Cincinnati Opera 1243 Elm Street &bull Cincinnati, OH 45202

Box Office: (513) 241-2742
Administrative Offices: (513) 768-5550  

Yi Li – grant winner at 2011 Licia Albanese Puccini Competition

Mark Gibson, Robin Guarino & Yi Li

Maestro Mark Gibson Robin Guarino, and Yi Li after a triumphant concert in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

UPDATE – Opera Fusion: New Works Interview on WVXU (FM 91.7) – October 16th @ 7:00 p.m.

October 16th
(this Sunday)

The WVXU Opera Fusion: New Works interview has been moved. It will now air on “Around Cincinnati” and on “Spotlight” on Cincinnati’s WVXU

Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera received a grant to help produce new American operas. Called Opera Fusion: New Works, the first new composer from this historic collaboration is ready to be introduced. Anne Arenstein learns about the program’s progress from Robin Guarino from CCM and Marcus Kuchle from Cincinnati Opera.

An archive of the radio interview will be available on WVXU‘s website.


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CCM AD Student Paulette Penzvalto – From Vocalist to Student Government President

From Vocalist to Student Government President

Paulette Maria Penzvalto is the President of the Graduate Student Governance Association at University of CincinnatiC.

Paulette Maria Penzvalto has not taken a traditional route to student government. She is a classically trained vocalist who completed two years of undergraduate education and then decided to start a diploma program at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Wales. During her studies there, she served as a postgraduate representative to the student government association. Now Penzvalto is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati. Last spring, she attended an Elect Her–Campus Women Win training and went on to be elected president of the Graduate Student Governance Association at UC. We talked with her to find out if she has future political aspirations and what was most valuable about AAUW’s election-training program.

Why did you run for student government?

Giving back is a major part of creating a community. I believe that civic duty and the university are interconnected. I did not have the same experience as some of those who were running. They had a traditional, four-year experience, but I didn’t think of it as a disadvantage. I started by talking to students about what the needs on campus for graduate students are.

Did you experience any gender discrimination while running?

I didn’t experience any discrimination, although I would like to see more women run. There was one other woman running, out of seven candidates. During the actual election itself, women were very involved and active.

What are some of the goals you hope to accomplish in your term?

Housing for graduate students, encouraging unity through multiculturalism and diversity, and access to resources. I am partnering with the Center for Community Engagement in compiling a master list of university and community resources geared toward graduate students. This will be printed and online and hopefully handed out at orientation.

Do you feel that the Elect Her–Campus Women Win training prepared you for running?

I feel very strongly that it was a major contributor to me winning my election. I went over the materials in detail before I decided to run. I didn’t feel 100 percent qualified; I don’t think anyone does. When we practiced writing down our issues in the training, that really helped create the framework for my speech. The elevator speech really helped too. One thing I really remembered was 3 + 3 = 1, which means you make three points, repeat them three times, and the audience will remember one. I still go back to that; I go back to basics. The campaign simulation, I had never done that, and I never thought I could. Close to the end, I had a handful of ballots and I thought, you know, I’m going to at least try. And I didn’t win, but I got all of my ballots filled out.

Do you see yourself running for office in the future?

I have a thriving music career, but at some point in the future I could see possibly running for state representative. I think if the right opportunity will present itself, I will take it. My father taught me to be involved in politics. I would love to be involved on a bigger scale, and I think this has given me the motivation and confidence to run.

Applications to become a 2012 Elect Her–Campus Women Win training site will be available August 22 at

This post was written by former AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Donnae Wahl.

Meet David Walker – CCM Opera GA and International Recording Artist

David Walker - Countertenor

David had an international, professional opera career for 17 years singing at such venues as The Met (opposite Renée Fleming), NYCO, Washington National Opera, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, ENO (London, UK), Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich, Germany), and the Salle Pleyel (Paris, France).  For more information about David, visit his website at

He’s in his 2nd year of the MA/MBA Arts Administration degree program at CCM, and he hopes to become a General Director of an opera company.

David recently recorded a new CD with Australian mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell in Sydney, Australia. The CD, Baroque Duets is available on iTunes  To check out recent reviews for the CD, and learn more about Vexations Recording Company, click on this link – Vexations/CD Reviews.

Baroque Duets - David Walker & Fiona Campbell

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