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CCM Opera Scholarship Competition – Saturday, March 31st in Corbett Auditorium

The 2012 CCM Opera Scholarship will take place Saturday, March 31st  starting at 10:00 am in Corbett Auditorium. Singers compete for over $70,000 in scholarships and prize money. This Competition is open to the public and audiences are encouraged to attend.
Judges for the competition this year are: Metropolitan Opera singer Claudia Catania, renowned Metropolitan Opera Stage Director, Fabrizio Melano and  Stage Director and Artistic Director of  Opera Theatre of Saint, James Robinson.

A reception following the competition will be held in the Baur Room where the judges will announce their decision.


CCM Opera’s Jonathan Stinson (DMA, baritone) participates in Atlanta Opera’s “24-Hour Opera Project”

Atlanta Opera offered an opportunity for composers and librettists to compete in a exciting and one of a kind opportunity called the 24-Hour Opera Project.

Composers, librettists, stage directors, and singers all participated in the 24-Hour Opera Project. Composers and librettists were randomly paired together, and had 12 hours to write an opera scene. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces were assigned to a stage director, who picked singers from a pool of applicants, and had 8 hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 24 hours after the project began.

CCM Opera’s Jonathan Stinson was selected from a national pool of composers  to participate.

This is the exchange between Jonathan and Robin Guarino as the clock started. Atlanta Opera’s blog also chronicled the event from the 2011 24-Hour Opera Project.

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

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

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.

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 Walküre as Fricka.

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