CCM OPERA SERIES PRESENTS 

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Music and Libretto by Frances Poulenc
Libretto by Emmet Lavery

Nov. 18-20, 2022, Corbett Auditorium

  • Conductor | Christopher Larkin
  • Director | Robin Guarino
  • Scenic Designer | Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer | Alaina Pizzoferrato*
  • Costume Designer | Iris Harmon*
  • Sound Designer  | Alena Milos*
  • Media Designer | Jessica Ann Drayton*
  • Production Stage Manager  | Rosie Burns Pavlik*
  • Props Manager | (LB) Amber Slater*
  • Movement Director | Susan Moser
  • Music Preparation/Master Coach and Lanugage/Diction Preparation | Marie-France Lefebvre

*CCM Student

Run time will be 2 hours and 45 minutes with intermission.

The Company

  • Marquis de la Force | Erik Nordstrom
  • Chevalier de la Force | Aaron McKone *, Manfred Anaya ^
  • Blanche de la Force | Gabrielle Turgeon *, Malone Blaich ^
  • Thierry | Patrick Kelly
  • Madame de Croissy | Kendra Beasley *, Salleigh Harvey ^
  • Sister Constance of St. Denis | Candace Williams *, Ashlyn Rock ^
  • Mother Marie of the Incarnation | Tess Klibanoff *, Ariana Maubach ^
  • Monsieur Javelinot | Joseph O’Shea
  • Madame Lidoine | Felicity Tomkins *, Saane Halaholo ^
  • Mother Jeanne of the Child Jesus | Isabel Lee
  • Sister Mathilde | Rachael Bell
  • Chaplain of the Convent | Logan Wagner *, Alex Gushrowski ^
  • First Commissioner | Tristan Tournaud *, Carlos Ahrens ^
  • Second Commissioner | John Potvin
  • Officer | Will Ryan
  • Jailer | Nathan Schludecker
  • Mother Gerald | Hyein Hong
  • Sister Claire | Jaeyoon Choi
  • Sister Antoine | Natalia Adame
  • Sister Catherine | Lauryn Davis
  • Sister Felicity | Maren Hrivnak
  • Sister Gertrude | Junyue Gong
  • Sister Alice | Grace Graham
  • Sister Valentine | Ahhyun Baek
  • Sister Anne of the Cross | Olivia Knutsen
  • Sister Martha | Sarah Scofield
  • Sister St. Charles | Holly Thiemann
  • Chorus of Citizens and Officers | Lauren Albano, Henry Benson, Zachary Burnham, Reed Demangone, Ryan Henry, Rachel Kobernick, Emma Marhefka, Maya McGuire, Lea Nayak, Erik Nordstrom, Joseph O’Shea, Su Hyeon Park, John Potvin, Jadyn Riggs, Nathan Schludecker, Grant Shields, Nia Spaulding, Emilio Vasquez

Friday/Sunday Performances
^ Saturday Performance

Cast Profiles

Marquis de la Force

Erik Nordstrom

Erik Nordstrom (he/him)
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Saint Paul, Minnesota

At CCM: Marquis de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travellers, Young Galileo in Galileo Galilei, Ophémon in L’Amant Anonyme and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Baritone in Hydrogen Jukebox, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass at Lawrence University, Marullo in Rigoletto at Central City Opera (Central City, Colorado).


Chevalier de la Force

Manfred Anaya

Manfred Anaya
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Los Angeles, California

Elsewhere: Galstone in La Traviata at Dayton Opera (Dayton, Ohio), Tchaplitsky (cover) in The Queen of Spades at Des Moines Metro Opera (Indianola, Iowa), Rose’s Fiancé in Awakenings and Scott Smith (cover) in Harvey Milk at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Saint Louis, Missouri), Telamone in Ercol su’l Termodonte with Pacific Opera Project (Los Angeles, California).


Aaron McKone

Aaron McKone
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Rock Hill, South Carolina

At CCM: Galileo in Galileo Galilei, Chorus in Le Nozze di Figaro, Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos.  Elsewhere:Auctioneer/Taylor (cover) in Omar with the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, South Carolina), Orphée in Orphée et Euridice with Central Piedmont Opera Theatre (Charlotte, North Carolina), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Laurie in Little Women and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Winthrop University Opera Theatre (Rock Hill, South Carolina).


Blanche de la Force

Kevanna

Gabrielle Turgeon (she/her)
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Lake Worth, Florida

At CCM: Blanche de la Force in Les Dialogues des CarmélitesElsewhere: Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music and Chorus in Falstaff with Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado), Iris in Semele with Toronto Lyric Opera Centre (Toronto, Canada), Marie Levesque in Union with Green Room Sound Collective (Toronto, Canada).


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Malone Blaich
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Kansas City, Missouri 

Elsewhere: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimí in La Bohème, Tatyana, Norma, Fiordiligi and Leonore (scenes) at Heidelberg Summer Opera (Heidelberg, Germany), Cendrillon in Cendrillon, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Chorus and Dance Captain in Die Fledermaus at Pepperdine University (Malibu, California).


Thierry, a footman

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Woodbridge, Virginia

At CCM: Thierry in Les Dialogues des CarmelitesElsewhere: Chorus in Cendrillon, Lord Tolloller in Iolanthewith Eastman Opera Theater (Rochester, New York).


Madame de Croissy

Kendra Beasley

Kendra Beasley
Second-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Madison, Georgia

At CCM: Marcellina in Le Nozze di FigaroElsewhere: The Ordering of Moses with The Louisville Orchestra, Jungle Book, Ensemble in Carmen at The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, New York), Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at The New Orleans Opera.


Salleigh Harvey

Salleigh Harvey
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Fountain Inn, South Carolina

At CCM: Madame de Croissy in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Ottone in Agrippina Elsewhere: Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina).


Sister Constance of St. Denis

Candace Williams

Candace Williams
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Capitol Heights, Maryland 

At CCM: Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Lucy in Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (Lexington, Kentucky), Lucinda and Cinderella/Rapunzel (cover) in Into the Woods with Distilled Theatre Company (Lexington, Kentucky), Norina in Don Pasquale (partial) at Oakwood University (Huntsville, Alabama).


Ashlyn Rock

Ashlyn Rock
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Sterling, Virginia

At CCM: Sister Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Marie Celeste/Duchess in Galileo GalileiElsewhere: Chorus in Aida at Cincinnati Opera


Mother Marie of the Incarnation

Tess Kilbanoff

Tess Klibanoff
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Rochester, New York

At CCM: Mère Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Dorothée in L'Amant Anonyme, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen in Carmen (CCM Bootcamp), Djamileh in Djamileh (CCM Bootcamp), Suzy in La RondineElsewhere: Chorus in La Bohème, chorus in Aida, chorus in Pirates of Penzance at Cincinnati Opera (Cincinnati, Ohio), Turnspit in Rusalka with Luke Housner Summer Opera (virtual), Zerlina in Don Giovanni with New York Lyric Opera (New York, New York).


Ariana Maubach

Ariana Maubach
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Toronto, Canada

At CCM: Dorothée in L'Amant AnonymeElsewhere: Chorus in La bohème with Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, South Carolina), Filippyevna cover in Eugene Onegin at Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, California), Madame scenes in Bulrusher with Cincinnati Opera Fusion (Cincinnati, Ohio), Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Lucrezia in Lucrezia, The Abbess in Suor Angelica at the Glenn Gould School (Toronto, Canada).


Monsieur Javelinot

Joseph O'Shea

Joseph O’Shea
Second-year MM Voice student from Mobile, Alabama

Elsewhere: Pensacola Opera, Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata at Mobile Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola, cover of Elder McLean in Susannah, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore.


Madame Lidoine

Felicity Tomkins

Felicity Tomkins 
Second-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Te Puke, New Zealand

At CCM: Jeannette in L’amant Anonyme, Soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.  Elsewhere: DMMF Studio Artist with New Zealand Opera (Auckland, New Zealand), Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann at University of Waikato (New Zealand), Chorus and Countess Almaviva (cover) in Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale and Elle (cover) in La voix humaine with New Zealand Opera, Nedda (cover) in Pagliacci with Festival Opera (New Zealand).


Saane Halaholo

Saane Halaholo
Second-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Orinda, California

At CCM: Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Chorus in The Bartered BrideElsewhere: Annina in La traviata, Susannah cover and chorus in Susannah, Léontine cover and chorus in L’Amant Anonyme with Wolf Trap Opera (Vienna, Virginia), Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Cunegonde in Candide, and Nina in Chérubin with Bob Cole Conservatory Opera Institute (Long Beach, California).


Sister Mathilde

Rachel Bell

Rachael Bell
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from San Diego, California

Elsewhere: Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Trentino Music Festival (Trentino, Italy), Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and Maman and L’Ecureuil in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Utah Vocal Arts Academy (Provo, Utah), Tolomeo in Tolomeo with Vanderbilt Opera Lyric Theatre Scenes, Agathe/Hélène in Passionément with Lyrique en Mer Jeune Artistes (Bell-Île, France).


Chaplain of the Convent

Logan Wagner

Logan Wagner
Vocal Performance student from Villa Hills, Kentucky

At CCM: Basilio/Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, L'Orfeo in L'Orfeo, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Chorus in Candide. Elsewhere: Chorus in Carmen at Cincinnati Opera, Chorus in Tosca at Cincinnati Opera, Chorus in Il Barbiere di Saviglia.


Alex Gushrowski

Alex Gushrowski
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from La Porte, Indiana

Elsewhere: Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Le Dayon de Faculté in Cendrillon, Albert in Albert Herring, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Younger Jim Thompson in Glory Denied, Ernesto (cover) in Don Pasqualewith Ball State Opera Theater (Muncie, Indiana).


First Commissioner

Tristan Tournaud

Tristan Tournaud
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Nashville, Tennessee

At CCM: First Commissioner in Les Dialogues des CarmelitesElsewhere: Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with the Trentino Music Festival (Fiera di Primiero, Italy), Jupiter in Semele with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee)


Carlos Ahrens

Carlos Ahrens
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Orlando, Florida

At CCM: First Commissioner in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Rinuccio in Gianni Schiccci
Elsewhere: Tamino in Die Zauberflaüte with the Trentino Music Festival (Fiera, Italy), Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Mayor in Albert Herring, Old Man in L'enfant et les sortilèges and Apollo in Semele at Vanderbilt Opera Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee), Don Curzio in Le Nozze Di Figaro at Prague Summer Nights (Prague, Czechia )


Second Commissioner

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John Potvin
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Aiken, South Carolina

At CCM: 2nd commissioner in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Pallante in Agrippina, Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator Joseph McCarthy in Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us Allwith Chautauqua Opera Company (Chautauqua, New York), Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni and The Baker in Into the Woods with Furman Lyric Theater (Greenville, South Carolina).


Officer

Will Ryan

Will Ryan
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Brentwood, Tennessee

At CCM: Officer in Dialogues des Carmélites Elsewhere:  Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Policeman in The Unicorn in the Garden, Chorus in L'Elisir D'Amore, Chorus in La tragédie de Carmen with University of Tennessee Opera Theater (Knoxville, Tennessee).


Jailer

Nathan Schludecker 
Senior Vocal Performance student from Terre Haute, Indiana

At CCM: Papageno in The Magic Flute, Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with CCM Opera d’Arte. Elsewhere: La RondineA Little Night Music, and Guglielmo (cover) in Cosí fan Tutte with Opera in the Ozarks (Carroll County, Arkansas).

 


Mother Gerald

Hyein Hong

Hyein Hong
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Seoul, South Korea

At CCM: Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Chorus in Aida with Cincinnati Opera, Violetta in La Traviata, Musetta in La Bohème, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at the Korea National University of Arts (Soeul, South Korea).


Sister Claire

Jaeyoon Chi

Jaeyoon Choi
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Bundang, South Korea

At CCM: Sister Claire in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Narciso in AgrippinaElsewhere: Chorus in La BohèmePirates of Penzance and Aida with Cincinnati Opera.


Sister Antoine

Natalia Adame

Natalia Adame
Senior Vocal Performance student from Novi, Michigan

At CCM: Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld, Dritter Knabe in The Magic Flute with Opera d’Arte. Elsewhere: Gertrude Stein (cover) and Anna Hope (cover) in The Mother of Us All, Shamana 3 in The House on Mango Street (premiere), Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen and Rose and Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden with the Chautauqua Opera Company and Conservatory (Chautauqua, New York), Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Mercédès (scenes) in Carmen at the International Opera Summer Festival of Morelia (Morelia, Mexico).


Sister Catherine

Lauryn Davis

Lauryn Davis
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Atlanta, Georgia 

At CCM: Chorus in Les Dialogues des CarmelitesElsewhere: Musetta in La Bohème with Atlanta Concert Opera (Atlanta,Georgia), Margaret in The Light in the Piazza with Kennesaw State Opera Theatre (Kennesaw, Georgia).


Sister Felicity

Maren Hrivnak

Maren Hrivnak
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Madison, Mississippi

Elsewhere: Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor and Chorus in Noye's Fludde with St. Olaf College Lyric Theater (Northfield, Minnesota), Stacey in The Bachelor with IES Milan Opera Theater (Milan, Italy), Dancing Role in Carmen with Opera Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi), and Chorus in L'elisir d'amore with Opera Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi).


Sister Alice

Grace Graham

Grace Graham
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Des Moines, Iowa 

At CCM: Sister Alice in Dialogues des Carmelites.
Elsewhere: Countess Almaviva in Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Chorus in Falstaff at Drake University Opera Theatre (Des Moines, IA), 3rd Spirit in die Zauberfloete at International Lyric Academy (Vicenza, Italy).


Sister Valentine

Ahhyun Baek

Ahhyun Baek
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from South Korea

Elsewhere: Ida in Die Fledermaus, chorus in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Korea National University of Arts (Seoul, South Korea), chorus in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci with Korea Arts Group, chorus in L’Elisir d’Amore with Seocho Cultural Foundation (Seoul, South Korea).


Sister Anne of the Cross

Olivia Knutsen

Olivia Knutsen
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Brooklyn, New York

At CCM: Sister Anne of the Cross in Les Dialogues des CarmélitesElsewhere: Monica in The Medium with Northwestern Opera Theater (Evanston, Illinois), Spirit 1 in Orfeo with Northwestern Opera Theater (Remote), Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with Northwestern University Opera Project and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with Northwestern University Opera Project (Evanston, Illinois), La Sagesse in Armide with Miami Music Festival (Miami, Florida).


Sister Martha

Sarah Scofield

Sarah Scofield
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Paris, France

At CCM: Narciso in Agrippina, Die Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte Messaggiera in L’Orfeo, and Sa Femme in Le Pauvre MatelotElsewhere: Figaro in The Barber of Seville with, The Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood with ROKCincy (Cincinnati, Ohio).


Sister St. Charles

Holly Thiemann

Holly Thiemann
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Nashville, Tennessee

Elsewhere: Rose in Ruddigore (University of Michigan), Celia in Lucio Silla with Chicago Summer Opera, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Fanchette in Le Mariage aux Lanternes (online), Lisa (cover) in La Sonambula and chorus in La Maometto Secondo with Teatro Nuovo (New York, New York).


Citizens and Officers

Lauren Albano

Lauren Albano
Sophomore Vocal Performance student from New Orleans, Louisiana 

At CCM: Chorus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, chorus in Les Dialogues des Carmelites
Elsewhere: Chorus in Carmen and Helga in Friedl with the New Orleans Opera (New Orleans, Louisiana), Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.


Zachary Burnham

Zachary Burnham
Junior Vocal Performance student from Detroit, Michigan

At CCM: Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Sailor in Dido and Aeneas, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld with Opera d’Arte. Elsewhere: Doody in Grease at Riverbank Theatre (Marine City, Michigan).


Reed Demangone

Reed Demangone 
Senior Vocal Performance student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, Second Spirit in The Magic Flute, Eco in L'Orfeo with Opera d’Arte.


Ryan Henry

Ryan Henry
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from McAllen, Texas

At CCM: Chorus in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Tommy McIntyre in Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Georgia State University, Falstaff in Falstaff at Festival of International Opera Italia (Urbania, Italy).


Emma Marhefka

Emma Marhefka
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Allentown, Pennsylvania

AT CCM: Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers, Citizen Chorus in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Younger Alyce in Glory Denied at Knoxville Opera (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Opera Roanoke (Roanoke, Virginia), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Tampa (Tampa, Florida), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Valeria in Mayo at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, New York).


Maya McGuire

Maya McGuire (she/her)
Sophomore Voice student from Washington, DC studying with Gwendolyn Coleman

At CCM: Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, chorus in The Magic Flute with Opera d’Arte


Lea Nayak

Léa Nayak
Junior Vocal Performance student from San Francisco, California

At CCM: Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld with CCM Opera d'arte.


Erik Nordstrom

Erik Nordstrom (he/him)
First-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Saint Paul, Minnesota

At CCM: Marquis de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travellers, Young Galileo in Galileo Galilei, Ophémon in L’Amant Anonyme and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Baritone in Hydrogen Jukebox, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass at Lawrence University, Marullo in Rigoletto at Central City Opera (Central City, Colorado).


Joseph O'Shea

Joseph O’Shea
Second-year MM Voice student from Mobile, Alabama

Elsewhere: Pensacola Opera, Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata at Mobile Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola, cover of Elder McLean in Susannah, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore.


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John Potvin
First-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Aiken, South Carolina

At CCM: 2nd commissioner in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Pallante in Agrippina, Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator Joseph McCarthy in Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us Allwith Chautauqua Opera Company (Chautauqua, New York), Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni and The Baker in Into the Woods with Furman Lyric Theater (Greenville, South Carolina).


Jadyn Riggs

Jadyn Riggs
Sophomore Voice student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCMThe Magic Flute. 


Nathan Schludecker 
Senior Vocal Performance student from Terre Haute, Indiana

At CCM: Papageno in The Magic Flute, Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi with CCM Opera d’Arte. Elsewhere: La RondineA Little Night Music, and Guglielmo (cover) in Cosí fan Tutte with Opera in the Ozarks (Carroll County, Arkansas).

 


Grant Shields

Grant Shields 
Junior Vocal Performance student from Morrow, Ohio

At CCM: Gherardo and Rinuccio (cover) in Gianni Schicchi, Sailor and Chorus in Dido and Aeneas, Mercury in Orpheus in the Underworld, Chorus in The Magic Flute with Opera d’Arte, Tenor Soloist in Nunez Garcia’s Requiem, Jephte in Historia di Jephté.


Nia Spaulding

Nia Spaulding 
Junior Vocal Performance student from Berkeley, California

At CCM: Citizen's Chorus in Dialogues des Carmelites, Zita in Gianni Schicci, 2nd Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld, and 3rd Lady (cover) in The Magic Flute with CCM Opera d’Arte.  Elsewhere: La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia (Morelia, Mexico), Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Voices of Music (San Francisco, California).


Emilio Vasquez

Emilio Vasquez
Junior Vocal Performance student from Houston, Texas

At CCM: Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, 2nd Armored Man/ 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Aeneas slated in Dido and Aeneas, and Marco slated in Gianni Schicchi.

Orchestra Roster

CCM Philharmonia

Christopher Larkin, guest conductor 
Pablo Pegalajar, assistant conductor

 

Violin 1

  • Cassidy Franzmeier, concertmaster
  • Gabby Sewell, assistant concertmaster
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Danbi Choi
  • Yue Yang
  • Zhe Xiao
  • Sejin Byun

 Violin 2

  • Clara Brown* 
  • Ava Shedd
  • Andrew Smeader
  • Madeline Moore
  • Ju-Young Lee
  • Rafael Roig-Francoli

Viola

  • Tyler McKisson*
  • Matthias Young
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Brianna Barta
  • Celeste Meisel
  • Yue Qin

Cello

  • Jon Kovac*
  • Lucas Orth 
  • Samantha Powell
  • Liam Battle
  • Hye-Jeong Oh

Bass

  • Lorenzo Nigrelli*
  • Hollie Greenwood
  • Corey Watzek
  • Peter McCutcheon

Flute

  • Lauren Jett*
  • Katie Frazier
  • Lianna Bartlett (Piccolo)

Oboe

  • Angela Shaver*
  • Elena Suárez Davila
  • Luca Ortolani (English Horn)

 Clarinet

  • Joey Miller*
  • Marian Mayen
  • Rachel Beil (Bass Clarinet) 

Bassoon

  • Taylor Shorey*
  • Bryan Benson
  • Kathleen Moran (Contrabassoon) 

Horn

  • Tristan Burns*
  • Jacob Speakman
  • Jonathan Chiou
  • Dominick Neville 

Trumpet

  • Kole Pantuso*
  • Joe Keller
  • Mason Kibble

 Trombone

  • Wenze Li*
  • Madison Smith 

Bass Trombone

  • Donovan Klutho

Tuba

  • Laurenz Oriondo

Timpani

  • Marie Conti*

Percussion

  • Yudong Wang
  • Jun Zheng 

Harp

  • Mary Duplantier*
  • Allegra Bel Embley

Piano

  • Deborah Robertson

Librarians

  • Liam Gibb
  • Citlalmina Hernandez Toro

* denotes principal player

Production Staff

  • Associate Director | Daria Zholnerova
  • Rehearsal Pianists | Debbie Robertson, Jie Fang and Brian McCann
  • Technical Director | Logan Vanderpool
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Hannah Burford, Emily Mallendick
  • Production Assistant | Lily Landoch
  • Assistant Scenic Designer | Mia Adrian
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Lauren Fitts
  • Assistant Media Designer | Andrew Gange
  • Media Programmer | Tal Kochav
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Ashton Karp, Claire Michels
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Brittannie McKenna Travis
  • Crafts | Emily O’Donnell
  • Costume Run Crew Leader | Cassie Smith
  • Costume Crew | Meredith Randall, Peggie Dona, Shelby Allred
  • Costume Running Crew | Cassidy Kempthorne
  • Costume Production Crew | El Bowers, Willow Heichel
  • Production Electrician | Samuel Wilson
  • Assistant Production Electrician | Nate Miller
  • Light Board Operator | Matti Andrews
  • Programmer | Dionte Mercado
  • Head Carpenter | Izzy Dillon
  • Set Construction Crew | Abigail Barrientes, Laura Hanks, Orion Petzel, Julia Schillaci, Kassidy Schley
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Lucia Hill
  • Production Sound Engineer | Michael Donahue

Production Staff Profiles

Lighting Designer

Alaina Pizzoferrato

Alaina Pizzoferrato 
Third-year MFA Lighting Design and Technology student from Lemont, Illinois

At CCM: Lighting Designer for Xanadu, Sunday in the Park with George and The Light in the Piazza.


Costume Designer

Iris Harmon

Iris Harmon 
Senior Costume Design and Technology student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Wardrobe Head for 42nd Street, Costume Design Assistant for The Rocky Horror Show, Costume Designer for Sunday in the Park with George. Elsewhere: Stitcher for Book of Mormon National Tour (Aronoff), Dresser for Mean Girls 1st National Tour (Aronoff), Principal Dresser for Hello, Dolly! National Tour (Aronoff), Principal Dresser for Les Misérables National Tour (Aronoff), Costume Designer for Berlin Opera Academy, Wardrobe on the film Bones and All, Wardrobe Assistant for Hostess commercial.


Sound Designer

Alena Milos

Alena Milos
Senior Sound Design and Technology student from Broadview Heights, Ohio

At CCM: Design for Dialogues of the Carmelites, A1 for Pippin, Assistant Design for Blue Stockings, Design for Boom, Production Sound Engineer for Once. Elsewhere: A2 for Little Shop of Horrors, A2 for Ain't Misbehavin'.


Production Stage Manager

Rosie Pavlik

Rosie Burns Pavlik 
Senior Stage Management student from Farmington Hills, Michigan

At CCM: Production Stage Manager for Dialogues of the CarmelitesJulius Caesar, and Orpheus and the Underworld, Calling Stage Manager for Cincinnati Dyonisia. Assistant Stage Manager for Cinderella, Galileo Galilei, and Travelogue, Production Assistant for The Magic Flute, and Rocket Science, Wardrobe Supervisor for Spring Awakening. Elsewhere: Orchestra Stage Manager for Aspen Music Festival, Assistant Stage Manager for The Sound of Music (Aspen Music Festival) and The Absentee (The KNOW Theatre of Cincinnati), Sub-Assistant Stage Manager for Don Giovanni (Aspen Music Festival).


Associate Director

Daria Zholnerova

Daria Zholnerova
Artist Diploma Opera Directing student from Saint Petersburg, Russia

Elsewhere: Director of Don Giovanni, director of Snow Maiden, director of L'elisir D'amore, director of Dido and Aeneas at Unlikely Opera House (Saint Petersburg, Russia), director of La Traviata at St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera and Ballet Theatre (Saint Petersburg, Russia).


Technical Director

Logan Vanderpool

Logan Vanderpool 
Senior Technical Production student from Fairfield, Ohio.

At CCM: Assistant Technical Director for Xanadu, Master Carpenter for Say What You Want to Say, Scenic Crew for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Rocky Horror show, Secret Garden. Elsewhere: Carpenter for Cinderella at Trollwood Performing Arts School.


Assistant Stage Managers

Emily Mallendick

Emily Mallendick 
Sophomore Stage Management student from Toledo, Ohio

At CCM: Assistant Stage Manager for Dialogues of the Carmelites and Spring Awakening. Production Assistant for Blue Stockings and The Burials. Deck Electrician for Cincinnati Dionysia and Frankenstein. Wig and Makeup Crew for The Marriage of Figaro, Scenic Crew for Xanadu and Pippin Elsewhere: Stage Manager for Rent with Stone Productions (Toledo, Ohio).


Production Assistant

Lily Landoch

Lily Landoch
Freshman Stage Management student from Chicago, Illinois

At CCM: Production Assistant for Dialogues of the Carmelites, Wardrobe Crew for She Loves Me.


Assistant Scenic Designer

Mia Adrian

Mia Adrian
Sophomore Stage Design, Props and Scenic Art student from Mason, Ohio

At CCM: Our Town.


Assistant Media Designer

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Andrew Gange
Junior Lighting Design and Technology student from Flower Mound, Texas

At CCM: Assistant Lighting Designer for She Loves Me, Assistant Media Designer for Hughes Project 2.0, Assistant Lighting Designer for Galileo Galilei, Assistant Lighting Designer for The Burials, Assistant Lighting Designer for Light in the Piazza


Assistant Lighting Designers

Ashton Karp

Ashton Karp
Sophomore Lighting Design and Technology student from Kingwood, Texas

At CCM: Our Town.


Claire Michels

Claire Michels
Junior Lighting Design and technology student from Oregon, Wisconsin

At CCM: Spotlight operator for Choreography Showcase, Assistant Master Electrician on Fall and Spring Dance shows, Assistant Lighting Designer for Emelia. Elsewhere: Associate Lighting Designer for Titanic and Sweeney Todd with Oregon Straw Hat Players, Lighting Designer for Nutcracker, Recitals (2018, 2019) with A Leap Above Dance (Oregon, Wisconsin).


Wardrobe Supervisor

Brittannie Travis

Brittannie McKenna Travis 
Third-year MFA Costume Design and Technology student from Indianapolis, Indiana 

At CCM: Costume Designer of Fellow Travelers, Blue Stockings; Costume Coordinator of Xanadu; Wardrobe Supervisor of Lysistrata + Trojan Women, Dialogues of the Carmelites. Elsewhere: Costume Designer of Sidra Bell’s Work Within Dreams with Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana); 2021 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Costume Design Award Recipient for In the Heights (Washington D.C.); 2022 Costume Design Intern at Television Academy Foundation – Emmy’s (Los Angeles, California).


Crafts

Emily O'Donnell

Emily O’Donnell 
Senior Costume Design and Technology student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Wig and Makeup Crew for 42nd Street, Dresser for The Secret Garden.


Costume Run Crew Leader

Cassie Smith

Cassie Smith 
Sophomore Costume Design and Technology student from Arlington, Virginia

At CCM: Debut production in Our Town. Elsewhere: Costume Crew Member in Pinocchio with Encore Theater (Arlington, Virginia) and Costume Crew Member in The Tale of Sweeney Todd with the Arlington Players (Arlington, Virginia).


Costume Crew

Meredith Randall

Meredith Randall 
Sophomore Costume Design and Technology student from Toledo, Ohio

At CCM: Our Town.


Peggie Dona

Peggie Dona
Sophomore Costume Design and Technology student from Toledo, Ohio

At CCM: Set/Props Running Crew for Our Town, Costume Running Crew and Set construction Crew for Xanadu.


Shelby Allred

Shelby Allred
Sophomore Technical Production student from Cincinnati, Ohio

Elsewhere: Set crew in Puffs, Student Technical Director in Indecent with CAST Kentucky Theatre.


Costume Production Crew

Indy Caramelli

El Bowers
Freshman Stage Management student from Liberty Township, Ohio

At CCM: Production Assistant for Something Rotten. Elsewhere: Stage Manager for 101 Dalmatians at Rise Up Performing Arts (Hamilton, Ohio). 


Willow Heichel

Willow Heichel
Freshman Technical Production student from Granville, Ohio

At CCM: Scenic crew for Something Rotten Elsewhere: Deck Electrician for Crazy for You with the Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina).


Production Electrician

Samuel Wilson

Samuel Wilson 
Senior Lighting Design and Technology student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Master Electrician and Programmer for Wings, Master Electrician and Programmer for Magic Flute, Assistant Master Electrician and Programmer for The Good Trouble Project, Spot Op. for 42nd Street. Elsewhere: Programmer for Shrek at Performing Arts Inc, Lighting Design Intern for Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre, Live Entertainment Tech for Kings Island.


Assistant Production Electrician

Nate Miller

Nate Miller
Sophomore Lighting Design and Technology student from Cincinnati, Ohio

Elsewhere: Lighting Tech with I.A.T.S.E. Local 5 at the Cincinnati Opera.


Programmer

Dionte Mercado

Dionte Mercado 
Senior Lighting Design and Technology student from Alpharetta, Georgia

At CCM: Master Electrician for Xanadu and Pippin. Lighting Programmer for Spring DanceElsewhere: Electrics Apprentice for Santa Fe Opera 2021 Season.


Head Carpenter

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Izzy Dillon
Sophomore Technical Production student from Carmel, Indiana

At CCM: Our Town.


Assistant Sound Designer

Lucia Thill

Lucia Thill 
Sophomore Sound Design and Technology student from Minneapolis, Minnesota

At CCM: Our Town. Elsewhere: Wizard of Oz at Southwest Community Education (Minneapolis, Minnesota).


Production Sound Engineer

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Michael Donahue 
Junior Sound Design and Technology student from Norwalk, Connecticut

At CCM: Run crew for Spring Dance. Elsewhere: Sound Engineer for Shrek, Addams Family and Willy Wonka.

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CCM will share its spring 2023 schedule of performances and public events in November.


CCM News

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CCM shares spring 2023 schedule of major performances and events

November 22, 2022

Audiences are invited to return to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s (CCM) concert halls and theaters to experience world-class performances and presentations by the next generation of performing and media artists! The college’s spring 2023 schedule of free and ticketed events is now available. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM's Opera Series presents Poulenc’s harrowing 'Dialogues of...

Event: November 18, 2022 8:00 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music opens its 2022-23 Opera Series with Francis Poulenc’s 1953 masterpiece, Dialogues of the Carmelites. One of the most revered operas of the 20th-century, this profound drama runs November 18-20 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. Guest artist Christopher Larkin conducts with stage direction by CCM Professor Robin Guarino. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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CCM Play Series continues with 'A Dream Play'

Event: November 3, 2022 8:00 PM

The UC College-Conservatory of Music continues its Play Series with August Strindberg’s 1901 "A Dream Play" (translated by Harry G. Carlson), which runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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Sponsors

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
CCMpower: Friends and Alumni Fueling the Future of the Arts 
The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCM Digital Sponsors
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
Anonymous
  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

Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter
Jeff Thomas Catering
The Castleberry Family
KMK Law
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
CCMpower
eat well celebrations and feasts 
The Summit Hotel
Event Sponsors
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of August 30, 2022

General Information


Land Acknowledgment

The Cincinnati area and the land that the University of Cincinnati has been built on is the native homeland of the Indigenous Algonquian speaking tribes, including the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnee tribes.


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: boxoff@uc.edu
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003

Parking

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.


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.


CCM Faculty and Staff

CCM's faculty and staff and its state-of-the-art facilities make possible the professional training and exceptional education on which CCM believes the future of the arts relies. The school's roster of eminent faculty regularly receives distinguished honors for creative and scholarly work, and its alumni have achieved notable success in the performing and media arts. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world, specializing in eight areas of study.


Know Your Exit

Patricia Corbett Theatre emergency exits are located at the back left and right of the main floor level.

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

The purpose of these performances is educational, and they are part of a University of Cincinnati academic program.