CCMOnStage OPERA Presents


Music by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges 
Libretto by Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis 

Feb. 17-20, 2022, Cohen Family Studio Theater

  • Conductor Caleb Glickman*
  • Director Alison Pogorelc*
  • Scenic Designer Sean Haffey*
  • Lighting Designer Baron Leon*
  • Costume Designer Natasha Cox*
  • Sound Designer Patrick Kiernan*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer Kelly Yurko
  • Production Stage Manager Quinn Morgan*
  • Props Manager Maddy Burns*

*CCM Student

L'Amant Anonyme will last approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

Director's Note

By Alison Pogorelc

In the past year, there has been increased attention surrounding this neglected 1780 chamber opera by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Bologne’s extraordinary life, artistic success and influence have recently captured the interest of many, as he was a pioneering Black composer, contemporary with Haydn and Mozart. 

On the surface, his charming chamber opera, L’Amant Anonyme, explores themes of love and romance typical in the High Enlightenment period and sexual awakening that occured during the late 18th century. At that time, there was an increasing rejection of grand baroque spectacles and a newfound interest in themes relating to a more personal human nature. 

Such is the case for this opera, as well as its source material, the play by Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis. Similar to our composer, Madame de Genlis has fallen into a kind of anonymity, though her accomplishments as a writer and educationalist are just as exceptional — especially for a woman of that period.

As I began my work on L’Amant Anonyme, I was first struck by the charming moments of absurdity juxtaposed with intense emotionality represented by the strum und drang musical style. At its core, this piece is an exploration into the fear of the unknown; what it means to leave the comfort of familiarity and trust in new (and sometimes anonymous) possibilities. 

I quickly began to draw parallels to the cinematic style of the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague), a film movement in the 1950s and '60s which gave birth to a new filmmaking approach, rejecting the traditional techniques of larger film studios. The films of the French New Wave are highly self-aware, often deemphasizing plot to focus on universal themes, such as human existence and love. 

Many New Wave directors embraced naturalism and spontaneity, which along with their low-budgets and improvisational style creates a “homemade” or “anti-technique” quality. 

Our production channels the philosophical and stylistic ideas of this cinematic movement, both aesthetically and dramatically pushing the boundaries of what might be deemed “traditional” for a piece of this period. Taking inspiration from the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda, and other directors of the movement, we bridge naturalism with surreal extremes to highlight the intense emotional journey of our protagonist Léontine as she struggles to move on from her past and embrace the unknown. 

It seems only fitting that this piece, conceived by two mavericks in their day, be approached in a style which challenges dramatic expectations. We hope that our interpretation of this piece highlights the durability of their work and encourages our audience to explore other anonymous artists whom history has forgotten.

The Place and Time

South of France, Léontine’s Country Home, in 1960

The Company

  • Léontine | Victoria Ellington^, Rachel Kobernick~
  • Valcour | Haksung Lee
  • Ophémon | Justin Burgess^, Erik Nordstrom~
  • Jeanette | Felicity Tomkins^, Tanya Harris~
  • Colin | Jinpark Choi^, Logan Wagner~
  • Dorothée | Ariana Maubach^, Tess Klibanoff ~   

^Thursday/Saturday Performances  ~Friday/Sunday Performances

Orchestra Roster

L'amant Anonyme Orchestra Roster

Caleb Glickman, conductor

Violin I

  • Yasmine Bougacha

Violin 2

  • Mable Lecrone


  • Violet Huang


  • Samantha Powell


  • Naomi Sarchet


  • Gongming Jiang

Graduate Assistants

  • Robbie Garza
  • Xiao Geng
  • Brian McCann
  • Sophie Mok
  • Vaughn Richardson
  • Hannah Schendel


  • Rebecca Flank
  • Kristin Welke

Production Staff

  • Technical Director | Stirling Shelton
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Rachel Ledington, Jie Min
  • Production Assistant | Annalee Crosser
  • Supertitles Operator | Indy Caramelli
  • Assistant Production Managers | Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Assistant Lighting Designer | Sydney Riddle
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Chloe Marstellar
  • Assistant Wig and Make-Up Designers | Colin Gallaher, Tiara Jones
  • Wardrobe Crew Head | Abby Powers
  • Wardrobe Crew | Ranease Brown
  • Costume Crew | Corey Cochran, Savannah Brooks, Amira Rowe
  • Costume Graduate Assistants| Meredith Buckley, Maria Ortiz Lopez, Brittannie McKenna Travis, Natasha Cox, Clara Cavins
  • Head Electrician | Will Meckstroth
  • Light Board Operator | Will Meckstroth
  • Electrics Crew | William Baker, Paige Baumann, Aiden Bezark, Jason Bowden, Natalia Carlson, Abby Fluck, Andrew Gange, Oliver Hunt, Kathryn Ingram, Ashton Karp, Tal Kochav, Ian MacIntosh, William Meckstroth, Dionte Mercado, Claire Michels, Nate Miller, Bella Pfeiffer, Sydney Riddle, Riley Rowan, Kyle Strickland, Eli Suarez, Vincent Vandeleest, Rama vanGils, Samuel Wilson
  • Lighting Graduate Assistants | Baron Leon, Alex Mason, Kristen Peck, Alaina Pizzoferrato
  • Assistant Technical Director | Logan Vanderpool
  • Set Construction Crew | Mia Adrian, Shelby Allred, Annalee Crosser, Peggie Dona, Izzy Dillon, Abby Fluck, Sophia Gamble, Hannah Kate Hawver, Alex, Husiung, Ashton Karp, Bri Kelley, Benji Lookatch, Emily Mallendick, Nate Miller, Liz Mitan, Meredith Randall, Anika Shirvalker, Brady Smith, Cassie Smith, Macay Smith, Lucia Thill, Lauren Wooten
  • Staff Scenic Artist | Karolyn Hasselfeld
  • Scene Shop Assistants | Mckenna Brennan, Maya Eberhardt, Aaron Graham, Nick Hunley, Thomas Iodice, Grace Mayo, Stephanie O’Rear, Janay Sukkarieh, Logan Vanderpool
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Benji Lookatch
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Alec Group
  • Production Sound Engineer | Frank Jernigan
  • Sound Board Operator | Frank Jernigan
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Brian Cheung
  • Props Construction Crew| Madisen Frazier, Simon Knox, Maddy Byrns, Suzanne Barnes, Ali Flanagan, Rachel Ledington, Sage Shepard, Melanie Reitman, Lauren Wooten, Mia Adrianne, Hunter Lee, Nick Hunley, Lucas Hummeldorf, James Allison, Oliver Hunt, Rosa Gavriilidis
  • Props Graduate Assistant | Finley Fields
  • Stage Management Office Assistant | Jie Min

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