An Opera by Philip Glass
Libretto by Mary Zimmerman
With Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein
Music by Philip Glass

March 31-April 3, 2022, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Conductor Aik Khai Pung
  • Director Greg Eldridge
  • Choreographer Hazel Alexander*
  • Scenic Designer Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer Thomas Hase*
  • Projection Designer Ian Macintosh*
  • Costume Designer Reba Senske
  • Sound Designer Matt Tibbs
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer Colin Gallaher*
  • Production Stage Manager Avery Woodruff*
  • Props Manager Madison Frazier*
  • Technical Director Stephanie O’Rear*
  • Musical Preparation Kathleen Kelly

*CCM Student

Galileo Galilei will last 90 minutes with no intermission

Director’s Note

By Greg Eldridge

This performance is dedicated to the memory of those we’ve lost during the pandemic. It is also dedicated to those who, especially now, are struggling to resist violence, occupation, and oppression.

Philip Glass, working alongside librettists Mary Zimmerman and Arnold Weinstein, has created in this work a powerful meditation on love and betrayal, and the never-ending tension between religion and scientific inquiry. The opera uses the life of Galileo (told in flashes that move backwards in time from his last breath to his first) to explore the cyclical nature of relationships, and what it costs to stand up for the truth in a time when dogma seeks to stamp out any voice of dissent. An allegory, sadly, that is far too applicable to our own time

The music of Philip Glass is both haunting and deeply, powerfully emotional, and the significance of this work demands a true collaboration across all the fields of artistic endeavour. Our production brings together some of the finest artists from across all of CCM's world-renowned disciplines. Postgraduate Artist Diploma singers join Masters of Music and Doctoral candidates alongside the accomplished instrumentalists of CCM's orchestral program to perform this mesmerizing and fiendishly difficult music. Adding to the central theme of Art as a means of resisting Ignorance, they are joined by members of CCM's undergraduate Dance course with choreography by a student of this prestigious program. To fully create the world of this allegorical story, students involved in the disciplines of lighting design and video projection have joined forces with a student-designed hair and make-up aesthetic to create a piece that combines the very best of CCM's creative disciplines. With a student-led stage management team supporting a production that draws on the skill of the indefatigable Technical Design and Production students, this promises to be a showcase of the full breadth of CCM's incredible student talent.

Synopsis/Scene Breakdown

  • Chapter 10: The Death of Galileo | Florence, January 1642
  • Chapter 9: The Recantation of Galileo | Rome, June 1633
  • Chapter 8: Pears | Rome, May 1633
  • Chapter 7: The Trial of Galileo | Rome, April 1633
  • Chapter 6: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World | Published in 1632
  • Chapter 5: A Treatise on the Incline Plane | Rome, 1630
  • Chapter 4: A Walk in the Garden | Rome, 1620 or 1613
  • Chapter 3: Lamps | Tuscany, 1612
  • Chapter 2: The Presentation of the Telescope | Florence, 1610
  • Chapter 1: The Opera Within An Opera | Sometime in the past

The Company

  • Older Galileo | Corbin DeSpain^, Aaron McKone~
  • Pope Urban VIII /Cardinal Barbarini / Simplicio | John Mburu
  • Cardinal 1 / Oracle 1 | Nicholas Kelliher^, Chuanyuan Liu~
  • Cardinal 2 / Servant / Oracle 2 | Justin Burgess
  • Cardinal 3/Priest/Father | Ryan Wolfe
  • Maria Celeste / Duchess Christina | Christina Kerstan^, Ashlyn Rock~
  • Scribe / Maria Maddelena | Jaime Sharp^, Natasha Naik~
  • Sagredo/Marie de’ Medici/Eos | Hayley Maloney
  • Salviati / Younger Galileo | Erik Nordstrom
  • Dancers | Katie Griffith, Morgan Montour, Erin Decker*
  • ^Thursday/Saturday Performance
    ~Friday/Sunday Performances

Orchestra Roster

CCM Philharmonia Orchestra Roster

Aik Khai Pung, conductor 
Vaughn Richardson, assistant conductor (conductor on April 3)

Violin I

  • Kiran Rajamani
  • Korah Cuff
  • Peiyan Cai


  • Brianna Barta
  • Violet Huang
  • Nathaniel Sendi


  • Juneho Kim
  • Joe Kovac
  • Maximiliano Oppeltz


  • Yian Liu


  • Citlalmina Toro


  • John Robken


  • Catherine Dowd


  • Benjamin Hunter


  • Jordan Rowan 


  • Zack Todd


  • Deborah Robertson


  • Gongming Jiang

Graduate Assistants

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


  • Rebecca Flank
  • Kristin Welke

Production Staff

  • Assistant Director | Hayley Maloney
  • Associate Choreographer | Tess Klibanoff
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Kaylin Story, Rosie Pavilk
  • Production Assistant | Hannah Kate Hawver
  • Supertitles Operator | Hannah Kate Hawver
  • Assistant Production Managers | Leah Berry, Emma King
  • Assistant Set Designer | Sami Tamulonis
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Natalia Carlson, Andrew Gange
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Clara Cavins
  • Wardrobe Crew Head | Emily O’Donnell
  • Wardrobe Crew | Kristen Das, Makayla Shipe
  • Costume Crew | Corey Cochran, Savannah Brooks, Amira Rowe
  • Costume Graduate Assistants | Meredith Buckley, Maria Ortiz Lopez, Brittannie McKenna Travis, Natasha Cox, Clara Cavins
  • Media Content Creation | Ian Macintosh
  • Media Server Programmer | Tal Kochav
  • Media and Projection Tech/Operator | Sydney Riddle
  • Lighting Programmer | Rama Van Gils
  • Head Electrician | Samuel Wilson
  • Light Board Operator | Kyle Strickland
  • Deck Chief | Ashton Karp
  • Programmer | Rama Van Gils
  • Followspot Operators | Quinn Morgan, Katie Reus
  • 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 Van Gils, Samuel Wilson
  • Lighting Graduate Assistants | Baron Leon, Alex Mason, Kristen Peck, Alaina Pizzoferrato
  • Assistant Technical Director | Grace Mayo
  • Head Carpenter | Gabby Ullman
  • 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
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Sami Tamulonis
  • Paint Crew | Anna Campisano, Suzanne Barnes, Sean Haffey, Madelyn Byrnes, Abigail Heyd, Madisen Frazier, Alexandra Flanagan, Liz Mitan, Mia Adrian, Melanie Reitman
  • 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 | Annalee Crosser, Alex Husiung, Bri Kelly, Benji Lookatch
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Corbin Hopkins
  • Production Sound Engineer | Aaron Harris Woodstein
  • Sound Board Operator | Aaron Harris Woodstein
  • Sound Load in/Out | Aiden Gray, Aaron Harris Woodstein, Corbin Hopkins, Ryan Hurt, Alex Brock, Patrick Kiernan
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Alex Brock, Ryan Hurt, Patrick Kiernan, Aaron Woodstein
  • Wig and Make-Up Graduate Assistants | Tiara Jones, Colin Gallaher
  • Props Construction Crew | Madisen Frazier, Ali Flannigan, Maddy Byrnes, Suzanna Barnes, Rachel Ledington, Sage Shepard, Simon Knox, Finley Fields, Melanie Reitman, Lauren Wooten, Oliver Hunt, Nick Hunley, Hunter Lee, Lukas Hummeldorf, Roza Gavriilidis, Liz Mitan
  • Stage Management Office Assistant | Jie Min

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