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Archive for November, 2011

CET Arts Channel Broadcasts CCM E-Media’s Performing Arts/Digital Future Panel Discussion

Earlier this year, CCM’s Electronic Media Division hosted Performing Arts/Digital Future, a panel of opera production and marketing experts gathered to examine the impact of the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcasts in movie theatres across the country. Panelists included:
  • Marc Scorca, President and CEO, OPERA America
  • Patricia Beggs, General Director/CEO, Cincinnati Opera
  • Marcus Küchle, Director of Artistic Operations, Cincinnati Opera
  • Robin Guarino, CCM Opera Department Chair and opera director
  • Marjorie Fox, CCM Electronic Media Division Head, moderator

CET’s Digital Arts channel broadcasted this panel discussion at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. on channel 48.3 (Time Warner channel 987).

Learn more about the panel discussion here or visit the CET Connect website for more detailed scheduling information.



Dear Colleagues, it is my pleasure to congratulate the following Stage Directors, Conductors, Creative Teams, Stage Management, Technical Directors, Staff and Mentors throughout OMDA on the following National Opera Association Awards!

  • Amanda Consol, Stage Director: The Turn of the Screw was awarded 2nd Prize in Division III of the 2011 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. 
  • Steven Goldstein, Stage Director: Dialogues of the Carmelites was awarded 2nd Prize in Division V of the 2011 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association. 
  • Kenneth Shaw, Stage Director: The Cunning Little Vixen was awarded 3rd Prize in Division II of the 2011 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association.
  • Jennifer Williams, Stage Director: L’Ile de Tulipatan was awarded 3rd Prize in Division III of the 2011 Opera Production Competition sponsored by the National Opera Association

Another great year for CCM Opera!
The awards will be presented at the Gala Banquet of the NOA National Convention on January 7, 2012.  For convention information

Cincinnati Opera Announces Additional Chorus Auditions for 2012 Season

CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Opera will host additional auditions for its 2012 Summer Festival Chorus on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Audition times must be scheduled in advance by contacting Lauren Bailey, Artistic Coordinator, at (513) 768-5568 or Singers should prepare two (2) contrasting arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

About the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
The Cincinnati Opera Chorus is a paid, professional chorus under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. An artist must be a member in good standing or have begun the application for membership prior to employment. Rehearsals for the 2012 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through late July.

2012 Season
The 2012 Summer Festival, which will take place June 14 through July 28, 2012, opens with a double bill of Italian one-act operas, pairing the tragedy of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with the comedic charm of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Next, Cincinnati Opera proudly presents its first-ever production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The season will close with a lavish presentation of Giuseppe Verdi’s heartbreaking romance La Traviata. All performances will take place at historic Music Hall and feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

For additional 2012 season and casting information, please visit

Additional Information
Please contact Lauren Bailey, Artistic Coordinator, at (513) 768-5568 or with questions about auditions.   

Cincinnati Opera’s 2012 Summer Festival will take place June 14 through July 28, featuring a double bill of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. The 2012 season is made possible with support from ArtsWave, Ohio Arts Council, The Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, and many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations.

CCM Presents a Staged ‘St. Matthew Passion’ – Sunday, November 20th at 1:30pm at St. Peter in Chains

Shawn Mlynek as The Evangelist

CCM’s Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra and Cincinnati Children’s Choir combine for an afternoon featuring one of the timeless masterworks of choral music: J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. This massive staged undertaking, the first of its kind in the Midwest, will be held at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Eighth and Plum Street, Downtown Cincinnati) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 20.

Dr. Earl Rivers – conductor
Jennifer Williams – director

William McGraw – Jesus
Ian McEuen & Shawn Mlynek – The Evangelists
John McCarthy – Pilate
Holly Cameron – soprano
Abigail Santos – soprano
Kate Wakefield – mezzo-soprano
Eric Jurenas – countertenor
Ian Ramirez – tenor
Wesley Brax – baritone
Derrell Acon – bass-baritone

CCM Chamber Choir
CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
The Cincinnati Children’s Choir

CCM Electronic Media student Greg Shurts provides us with a video preview of this weekend’s staged production of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

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Opera Fusion: New Works rehearsal photos

Opera Fusion: New Works hosted the composer, Douglas Cuomo and the playwright/librettist John Patrick Shanley for a ten day residence and developmental workshop, November 3-10 working on their opera, DOUBT based on Shanley’s play and movie of the same title. Workshop rehearsals took place on the CCM campus as well as on site at Cincinnati Opera. Joining the team was Maestro Gary Wedow (Seattle Opera,New York City Opera) with Robin Guarino directing. The ten day workshop culminated with public readings of part of Act One at the Patricia Corbett Theater and at Northern Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall at the School of Informatics. Both Cuomo and Shanley participated in a lively talk back and Q&A after both of the readings.

For ten days CCM singers,pianists, designers and stage management worked closely in collaboration with the creative team to learn and “Try out” new material and help discover the world of the piece.

Click here to read Janelle Gelfand’s Blog About Doubt & Opera Fusion: New Works.

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Stage director and specialist on Shakespeare, Daniel Fish will be in residence at CCM Opera giving a workshop on speaking Shakespeare.

Daniel Fish is a stage director based in New York City and Berlin. He began his career directing the plays of Shakespeare and Moliere and in recent years has made new work from sources as varied as Elliott Smith’s album FROM A BASEMENT ON A HILL, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA. He has directed plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Clifford Odets, Charles L. Mee, Sarah Ruhl, David Rabe, Roland Schimmelpfennig and Sheila Callaghan. In New York City, his work has been produced by Signature Theatre, Classic Stage Company, The Juilliard School, HERE, and The Zipper, which his production of TRUE LOVE opened in 2001. He has also created work for Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, The Royal Shakespeare Company,  The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Shakespeare Theater. Daniel Fish has taught directing at The Yale School of Drama, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, and Bard College.

Workshop Information
■ Room 300 in the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center at CCM
■ Tuesday, November 15th 4:00pm – 6:00pm & 7:00pm – 10:00pm
■ Wednesday, November 16th 3:00pm – 6:00pm & 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Opera Fusion: New Works – Performance venue change – Patricia Corbett Theater 8:00pm, Nov.12th

The Opera Fusion: New Works performance venue has been moved from Werner Recital Hall to Patricia Corbett Theater.