CCMOnStage OPERA Presents

(Le Nozze di Figaro, 1786)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte


Nov. 18-21, 2021, Corbett Auditorium

Watch the Nov. 20 Performance On Demand

Becoming Susanna: A CCM Mini Documentary

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how CCM student Emma Marhefka becomes Susanna from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

  • Conductor Brian McCann*
  • Director Robin Guarino
  • Musical Preparation Marie-France Lefebvre
  • Scenic Designer Thomas C. Umfrid
  • Lighting Designer Alex Mason*
  • Costume Designer Meredith Buckley*
  • Sound Designer Corbin White*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer Kelly Yurko
  • Production Stage Manager Madison Stone*
  • Props Masters Ben Beardon*, Madison Frasier*
  • Rehearsal Pianists Gongming Jiang*, Deborah Robertson*, Caleb Glickman*

*CCM Student

The Marriage of Figaro will last three hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Director's Note

By Robin Guarino

It is so emotional for the students, faculty and staff  to be back in the theater  rehearsing and performing a fully staged opera for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Therefore, for the first order of business and as their envoy:

“The cast, orchestra, creative team and crew want to thank you for coming tonight and believing in us and coming back to be our audience. We dedicate this performance to you!” 

About 15 years ago, I was directing Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera and rehearsing with my soon-to-be colleague at CCM, Marie-France Lefebvre, who was the assistant conductor, coach and prompter for the Met production. Our friendship was born in those rehearsals.

We were both very nervous and excited to be moving to Cincinnati and over the next months, whenever I questioned my decision to leave New York City, I thought of our collaboration and the work we would do together at CCM with the fantastic students I had already met. Now 15 years later, there is a certain harmony to the fact that we are here again rehearsing Figaro having brought our students back to the stage in this new world we are living in with Mozart’s masterpiece.

The great Italian Bass, Ferruccio Furlanetto once told me that he ‘was born as an artist in the role of Figaro.’ I know this is true for me as a director. The power of The Marriage of Figaro remains so prescient in its music, storytelling and relevance. Yes, it speaks of the four seasons of love portrayed in the household: Barbarina and Cherubino (spring), Susanna and Figaro (summer), the Countess and Count (fall), and Marcellina and Bartolo (winter), but it also reflects on more serious matters of class and privilege that is focused on specifically with the Droit du seigneur (lord's right), also known as jus primae noctis (right of the first night). Susanna’s right to choose who she “gives herself to” on her wedding night, something so personal and completely inalienable.  

What also impresses me every time I direct Figaro is Mozart and Da Ponte’s ability to capture humanity at its fullest and most complex on the eve of revolution. Even the Count, who is clearly the foil in this story, is a man who is struggling between wanting to do the right thing and being perceived as weak and fundamentally questioning his role as Count and head of the estate.

On the first day of rehearsal we set our goal to explore a deeper humanity in all of the characters in the opera no matter the size of the role. I have also seen that attitude across the entire team. I know that all of the students: cast, creative team, orchestra and crew have worked harder than they ever have to earn this opera and achieve the large collaborative brain trust truly necessary to do a piece like this. I am so proud them; they are passionate and fearless.  And they are so excited to perform for you tonight — so WE thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being here!


By Robin Guarino 

My special thanks go to all my colleagues in Technical Design and Production — especially Steve Miller who convinced me that we could beautifully and fittingly recycle a beloved old production of The Barber of Seville into this gorgeous new production of The Marriage of Figaro, thereby saving countless thousands for future CCM productions! And thanks to Tom Umfrid, who turns everything he touches into a thing of beauty, my heartfelt appreciation. I also want to thank Michele Kay for leading her students and therefore leading all of us through the night! A very special thank you to Kelly Yurko, Kat Miller, Sharon Huizinga and Elizabeth Payne for their beautiful work and generous mentorship. Thanks to Stirling Shelton for holding up the walls. My special thanks to Marie-France Lefebvre for her friendship, collegiality, impeccable coaching and for musically leading an amazing team of student pianists, coaches and conductors. Lastly, all hail to our conductor, Brian McCann who is a deeply talented musician and wonderful artist and human being!

The Company

  • Figaro | John Siarris^, Joseph O’Shea~
  • Susanna | Emma Marhefka^, Tori Adams~
  • Count | Ryan Wolfe^, Justin Burgess~
  • Countess | Heidi Miller^, Saane Halaholo~
  • Cherubino | Georgia Jacobson^, Christina Hazen~
  • Marcellina | Kendra Beasley^, Tess Klibanoff~
  • Bartolo | Atticus Rego^, John Mburu~
  • Basilio/Curzio | Arieh Sacke^, Logan Wagner~
  • Barbarina | Su Hyeon Park^, Hyein Hong~
  • Antonio | Erik Nordstrom
  • Chorus | Jinpark Choi, Aaron McKone, Vaugh Richardson, Tanya Harris, Hannah Schendel, Ariana Maubach, Clara Reeves, Natasha Naik

^ Thursday/Saturday Performances 
~ Friday/Sunday Performances

Orchestra Roster

Marriage of Figaro Orchestra Roster

Brian McCann, conductor

Violin I

  • Alayne Wegner
  • Grace Brown
  • Xiaorong Huang
  • Ju Young Lee
  • Maggie Niekamp
  • Nayoung Yang

Violin II

  • Sarah Becker
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Sydney Ebersohl
  • Skylar Hansen
  • Jade McCellan
  • Gabrielle Sewell
  • Linke Zhou


  • Cristian Diaz, principal
  • Javier Oralora, principal
  • Yufeng Lin
  • Tyler McKisson
  • Nathaniel Sendi
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Shelby Thompson
  • Wenxin Zhao


  • Matt Shin, principal
  • Joe Kovac
  • Samantha Powell


  • Taiga Benito, principal
  • Kaleb Collins


  • Lisa Choi
  • Oscar Thompson


  • Leo De La Cruz
  • Angela Shaver


  • Jason Wilcox
  • Citlalmina Toro


  • Elizabeth Beeche
  • Zachary Elmore


  • Brady Catlett
  • Jonathan Chiou


  • Kole Pantruso
  • Benjamin Hunter


  • TJ Stroth


  • Gongming Jiang
  • Deborah Robertson


Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Aaron Graham
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Sage Shepard, Kali Ashurst
  • Production Assistant | Annalee Crosser
  • Assistant Production Managers | Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Assistant Set Designer | Sean Haffey
  • Assistant Costume Designers | Natasha Cox, Emily O’Donnell
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Kristen Peck, William Baker
  • Assistant Wig and Make-Up Designer | Madison Weber
  • Pattern Maker | Quinn Collins
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Iris Harmon
  • Costume Run Crew Leaders | Corey Cochran, Savanah Brooks, Amira Rowe
  • Costume Running Crew | Mia Adrian, Shelby Allred, Abby Fluck, Melanie Reitman, Cassie Smith
  • Master Electrician | Samuel Wilson
  • Assistant Master Electrician | Isabella Pfeiffer
  • Assistant Master Electrician/Deck Chief | Will Meckstroth
  • Programmer | Tal Kochav
  • Light Board Operator | Isabella Pfeiffer
  • Deck Electricians | Indy Caramelli
  • Spotlight Operators | Christopher Berger, Ryan Kasko, Sarah Patisaul, Katie Reus
  • Assistant Technical Director | Thomas Iodice
  • Master Carpenter | Lukas Hummeldorf
  • Tait-IQ Programmer | Stephanie O'Rear
  • Tair IQ Programmer | Grace Mayo
  • Set Construction Crew | Mia Adrian, Shelby Allred, Annalee Crosser, Peggie Dona, Izzy Dillon, Abby Fluck, Sophia Gamble, Hannah Kate Hawver, Ashton Karp, Bri Kelly, Benji Lookatch, Emily Mallendick, Nat Miller, Liz Mitan, Arcadia Paff, Meredith Randall, Ryan Rasko, Melanie Reitman, Anika Shirvaikar, Brady Smith, Cassie Smith, Macay Smith, Lucia Thill, Sam Verba, Lauren Wooten
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Abigail Heyd 
  • Paint Crew | Ali Flanagan, Sami Tamulonis, Maddie Byrnes, Suzanne Barnes, Anna Campasino
  • Scene Shop Assistants| Mckenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Aaron Graham, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Stephanie O’Rear, Janay Sukkarieh, Logan Vanderpool
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Ashton Karp, Benji Lookatch, Brady Smith, Macay Smith, Lauren Wooten
  • Production Sound Engineer | Alec Group
  • Sound Board Operator | Brady Smith
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Emily Mallendick, Meredith Randall, Lucia Thill
  • Props Construction Crew | Suzanne Barnes, Paige Baumann, Benjamin Beardon , Hannah Buford, Maddy Byrnes, Indy Caramelli, Noam Denenberg, Madisen Frazier, Brian Haack, Sean Haffey, Alex Henry, Rachel Ledington, Quinn Morgan, Sarah Patisaul, Katherine Reus, Sage Shepard, Amber Szpak, Samuel Wilson, Vincent Vandeleest, Natalie Zimmerman
  • Stage Management Office Assistant| Jie Min

On stage

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Louise Dieterle Nippert Trust
Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor
The Corbett Endowment at CCM
Dance Department Sponsor
All-Steinway School Sponsor
Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc.
Community Partners
The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel
Visiting Artists & Thinking About Music Sponsor
Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Greg Mathein 
Gary & Barb Cummins 
Jim & Linda Miller 
George & Carroll Roden
Musical Theatre Department Sponsors
Genevieve Smith
Opera Production Sponsor
Rafael and Kimberly de Acha
Opera D’Arte Sponsor
An Anonymous Donor
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
Mrs. William A. Friedlander
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen
Elizabeth C.B. Sittenfeld
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman
Mrs. Theodore W. Striker
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer
Ariel Quartet Sponsors
Jan Rogers
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
Choral Studies Sponsors
  Classical Guitar Sponsor

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
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General Information

Box Office

Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 12:30-6 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


Convenient parking is available in the CCM Garage at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue. Additional parking is available in garages throughout the UC campus. Any questions concerning on-campus parking should be directed to UC Parking Services at 513-556-2283.

Tax Credit

If you find that you cannot attend your performance, your tickets may be donated for tax credit as a charitable contribution. Simply notify the Box Office prior to the performance to release your seats, and give your name and address. A tax donation receipt will be mailed to you.

COVID Careful

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity and all individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Lost and Found

If you have lost an item, contact lost and found at 513-556-9413.

House Policies

The House Manager has been instructed to minimize the disturbance to patrons already seated when accommodating latecomers. The director and producer of each production select times that are least likely to interrupt the performance, and latecomers will be seated only during these times. Latecomers who miss these opportunities will not be admitted until intermission. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Cameras, Phones and Recording Devices

The video or audio recording of performances is prohibited.

The use of cameras, with or without flashes, recording devices, cellular phones and other electronic devices inside the theater is prohibited. Please leave them with the House Manager.

Smoking and Refreshments

Smoking and refreshments are not permitted in the theater. Effective May 1, 2017, smoking and tobacco use (including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes) shall be prohibited by students, staff, faculty, visitors, vendors and contractors at all times in or on University of Cincinnati properties, including events on university property during non-school hours. This includes all shelters, indoor and outdoor theaters and athletic facilities, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, residence halls, parking lots, and street parking and garages owned by the university.

Hearing Enhancement

Telex listening devices are available for checkout during performances in both Patricia Corbett Theater and Corbett Auditorium. Please inquire at the Box Office.

Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

Group Sales

The Box Office can accommodate groups for major productions and concerts. Preview and benefit performances are also available for some productions. For more information, call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.

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Know Your Exit

Corbett Auditorium emergency exits are located at the back left and right of the balcony level, the back left and right of the main floor level, and at the left and right at the front of the stage.

Performance dates and repertoire are subject to change. View CCM's current calendar of events.

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