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CCM Opera Presents “The Rake’s Progress”

Thursday May 10th, 8:00pm
Saturday May 12th, 8:00pm
Sunday May 13th, 2:00pm

For additional information or to purchase tickets,
please visit the CCM Box Office:
(513) 556-4183


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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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.

Preview of CCM Opera’s Spring Mainstage Production, Dialogues of the Carmelites

Photography by Mark Lyons

CCM Opera continues its season with the Spring mainstage production of Francis Poulenc’s masterpiece “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (Dialogues des carmélites). Based on a true story, this heartbreaking saga of martyred nuns runs from May 12-15, 2011 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Conductor Mark Gibson and stage director Steven Goldstein collaborate on this intense, dramatic opera based on a true story. Learn more about the production at

Steven Goldstein

Director Steven Goldstein recognizes the beauty of the Carmelite’s story.

“The simplicity of the story is what’s gripping in the end. The storytelling Poulenc accomplishes draws an audience into the tragic story of how innocents were slaughtered for their pure beliefs, and how in that process grace is achieved,” explains Goldstein. He also feels that the basis of the plot-line on a true event also reveals a lesson on humanity. “Unfortunately, events such as this are repetitive historically, even to our days today. Dialogues of the Carmelites shows how a society can lose its moral center and become vicious.”

WVXU’s Anne Arenstein sat down with talked with the Steven about this CCM Opera production. Click here to listen to the interview online.

Photography by Mark Lyons

Danielle Messina, a second-year graduate student from Poughkeepsie, New York, plays Blanche in CCM’s production. She too sees the unique simplicity of Poulenc’s opera. “The fact that the opera is different from other operas is reflected in the name- Dialogues of the Carmelites. I think of Mozart operas where we have these great duets and great arias, but the music of Dialogues is a different take on opera. We’re not singing duets- we’re talking, sometimes giving monologues- and because of that, there’s a lot of listening involved. We’re trying to find this stoic, cloistered life not only in the plot-line, but in the music as well.”

Written over a four-year period and completed in 1957, Dialogues of the Carmelites follows the life of Blanche de la Force, a shy, aristocratic young woman who seeks refuge in a Carmelite nunnery during the French Revolution. The opera is based on the true account of the Martyrs of Compiègne, a group of 16 Carmelite nuns who were sent to their deaths during the Reign of Terror following the overthrow of the French monarchy.

Performance Dates
May 12-15, 2011

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 12-14, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2:30 p.m.

Location: Corbett Auditorium

Tickets: $27-$29 general admission, $17-$19 students

Ordering or Additional Information
Box Office: 513-556-4183 or

CCM Opera Remembers Daniel Catán

Acclaimed and beloved composer Daniel Catán passed away suddenly on Saturday April 9 at the age of 62. He was in Austin, TX at the time where he was teaching for a semester at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas.

Catán is known best for his lyrical romantic style and especially his operas, the most recent of which, Il Postino premiered with great success at Los Angeles Opera in September 2010, starring Plácido Domingo. His second opera Florencia en el Amazonas was frequently performed and garnered great acclaim when it premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 1996. Florencia en el Amazonas has the distinction of being the first opera in Spanish commissioned by a major American company. The success of that opera led to the commission of Salsipuedes for Houston Grand Opera. Catán had recently created a new chamber version of his first opera La Hija de Rappaccini (which was performed here at CCM in 2008) and was currently at work on his fifth opera Meet John Doe which was due to premiere in October 2012.

In 2008 Mr. Catán visited CCM and graciously offered his time and talents to students who where preparing his opera La Haja de Rappaccini. Below we’ve posted a clip from the CCM Studio Opera production of La Hija de Rappaccini with Wesley Lawrence (DMA) as Giovanni.