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 
Second-year Artist Diploma student in Opera from Saint Paul, Minnesota

At CCM: Revírník in The Cunning Little Vixen, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Younger Galileo in Galileo Galilei, Ophémon in L’Amant Anonyme, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: El Dancaïro in Carmen with Virginia Opera (Norfolk, Virginia), Samuel in Pirates of Penzance with Kentucky Opera (Louisville, Kentucky), Marullo in Rigoletto with 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 
Second-year Vocal Performance student from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

At CCM: Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, 1st Tendril/Ensemble in Lincoln in the Bardo (Opera Fusion: New Works), Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites. Elsewhere: 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).


Malone Blaich

Malone Blaich 
First-year Artist Diploma in Opera student from Kansas City, Missouri

At CCM: Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Chorus/Jenny/Reporter 1/Woman 1 in The Righteous (Opera Fusion: New Works). Elsewhere: Chorus in Lucia di Lammermoor and Madama Butterfly with Cincinnati Opera; Tatyana in Eugene Onegin (partial), Norma in Norma (partial), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (partial) with Heidelberg Summer Opera (Heidelberg, Germany); Cendrillon in Cendrillon and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with 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 
Second-year Master’s in Vocal Performance student from Fountain Inn, South Carolina

At CCM: Ensemble in The Highlands (Opera Fusion: New Works), Cricket/Owl in The Cunning Little Vixen, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Ottone in Agrippina, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Elsewhere: Ensemble in Liverpool Oratorio with Cincinnati Opera, Old Baroness (cover) in Vanessa with Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, South Carolina), Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods with Furman Lyric Theatre (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 
Artist Diploma student from Sterling, Virginia

At CCM: Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Sister Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, Marie Celeste/Duchess Cristina in Galileo Galilei. Elsewhere: Chorus in Aida at Cincinnati Opera (Cincinnati, Ohio), Contessa cover in Le nozze di Figaro at Berlin Opera Academy (Berlin, Germany), Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Emmie in Albert Herring, Celia in Iolanthe, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Monica cover in The Medium at Mason Opera (Mason, Ohio).


Mother Marie of the Incarnation

Tess Kilbanoff

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

At CCM: Agrippina in Agrippina, 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 Rondine. Elsewhere: 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

At CCM: The Doctor in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Cover of Escamillo in Carmen with Janiec Opera in Brevard, North Carolina. De Rocher Brother in Dead Man Walking at Pensacola Opera, Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata at Mobile Opera, Ko-Ko in The Mikado and Cover of The Mikado in The Mikado at University of South Alabama, 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 
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Encinitas, California

At CCM: Lapák (Dog), Mrs. Páskova, and Songbird in The Cunning Little Vixen, Sœur Mathilde in Dialogues des Carmélites. Elsewhere: Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, Florence Pike in Albert Herring and Maman/L’Ecureuil in L’Enfant et les Sortileges with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee), Piacere [cover] in Il trionfo del Tempo with Opera NEO (San Diego, California), Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Trentino Music Festival (Trentino, Italy), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Utah Valley Opera Festival (Provo, Utah).


Chaplain of the Convent

Logan Wagner

Logan Wagner 
Second-year Master’s student from Villa Hills, Kentucky

At CCM: Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers, L'Aumonier in Les Dialogues Des Carmelites, Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Colin in L'Amant Anonyme, Orfeo in L’Orfeo with Opera d’Arte. Elsewhere: Jumper (Cover) in The Falling and the Rising at Des Moines Metro Opera (Indianola, Iowa), Padre in The Man of La Mancha and Monostatos in The Magic Flute at Utah Festival Opera (Logan, Utah).


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
Second-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 
Second-year Vocal Performance student from Aiken, South Carolina

At CCM: Pallante in Agrippina, 2nd Commissioner in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator Joseph McCarthy in Fellow Travelers. Elsewhere: Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us All with Chautauqua Opera (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 
Second-year Vocal Performance student from Nashville, Tennessee

At CCM: Officer in Dialogues des Carmélites. Elsewhere: Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tennessee), Chorus in Mefistofele with Knoxville Opera. 2024 Metropolitan Opera Tennessee District Winner and Southeast Region Encouragement Winner.


Jailer


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 in Vocal Performance student from Seoul, South Korea

At CCM: Narciso in Agrippina, Sister Claire in Les Dialogues des Carmélites. Elsewhere: Chorus in La Bohème, Pirates 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
Second-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
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Madison, Mississippi

At CCM: Pepik and Young Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Lucy in Fellow Travelers, Sister Felicity in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Soloist in Haydn's Missa brevis in F Major. Elsewhere: Juno in The Fairy Queen with Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College (Queens, New York), 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), Chorus in Carmen and L’elisir d’amore with Opera Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi).


Sister Alice

Grace Graham

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

At CCM: Chocholka in The Cunning Little Vixen, Soeur Alice in Dialogues des CarmélitesElsewhere: Countess in The Marriage of Figaro (concert) and Despina in Così fan tutte with Drake University Opera Theatre (Des Moines, Iowa).


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 
Second-year Master’s in Vocal Performance from Brooklyn, New York

At CCM: Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Sister Anne of the Cross in Dialogues des Carmelites. Elsewhere: Monica in The Medium and Spirit 1 in Orfeo with Northwestern Opera Theater (Evanston, Illinois), Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief with Northwestern 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: Sœur Martha in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Die Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Messaggiera in L’Orfeo with CCM Opera d’Arte.


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 
Junior Vocal Performance student from New Orleans, Louisiana

At CCM: La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Chorus in Dialogues des Carmélites, Chorus in Orpheus in the Underworld. Elsewhere: Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief with The New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, Helga in Friedl and Chorus in Carmen with New Orleans Opera.

 


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, chorus in Dialogues des Carmélites. 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, Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, L'Eco in L'Orfeo with Opera d’Arte.


Ryan Henry

Ryan Henry
Second-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).


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Emma Marhefka 
First-year Artist Diploma student from Allentown, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Mary Johnson in Fellow Travelers, Chorus in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Frasquita in Carmen with Des Moines Metro Opera (Indianola, Iowa), Younger Alyce in Glory Denied with Knoxville Opera (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Opera Roanoke (Roanoke, Virginia).


Maya McGuire

Maya McGuire (she/her)
Junior Vocal Performance student

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. Elsewhere: Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at Berlin Opera Academy (Berlin, Germany).


Lea Nayak

Lea Nayak
Junior Vocal Performance student from San Francisco, California

At CCM: Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld with Opera d'Arte, People's Chorus and Voix de femme en coulisse in Les Dialogues des Carmélites with CCM Graduate Opera, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Opera d’Arte.


Erik Nordstrom

Erik Nordstrom 
Second-year Artist Diploma student in Opera from Saint Paul, Minnesota

At CCM: Revírník in The Cunning Little Vixen, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Younger Galileo in Galileo Galilei, Ophémon in L’Amant Anonyme, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: El Dancaïro in Carmen with Virginia Opera (Norfolk, Virginia), Samuel in Pirates of Penzance with Kentucky Opera (Louisville, Kentucky), Marullo in Rigoletto with Central City Opera (Central City, Colorado).


Joseph O'Shea

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

At CCM: The Doctor in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. Elsewhere: Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Cover of Escamillo in Carmen with Janiec Opera in Brevard, North Carolina. De Rocher Brother in Dead Man Walking at Pensacola Opera, Marquis D'Obigny in La Traviata at Mobile Opera, Ko-Ko in The Mikado and Cover of The Mikado in The Mikado at University of South Alabama, Dandini in La Cenerentola, cover of Elder McLean in Susannah, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore


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John Potvin 
Second-year Vocal Performance student from Aiken, South Carolina

At CCM: Pallante in Agrippina, 2nd Commissioner in Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator Joseph McCarthy in Fellow Travelers. Elsewhere: Gloster Heming in The Mother of Us All with Chautauqua Opera (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 
Junior Vocal Performance student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Ensemble in Orpheus in the Underworld, Ensemble in Die Zauberflöte. Elsewhere: MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir (Cincinnati, Ohio).



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, Chorus in Dialogues des Carmélites, 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 Berkley, California

At CCM: Zita in Gianni Schicchi, 2nd Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Public Opinion in Orpheus in the Underworld and Dritte Dame cover in Die Zauberflöte with Opera d’Arte, Citizen’s Chorus in Les Dialogues des Carmélites. Elsewhere: La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica with 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: 2nd armored man in Die Zauberflöte, Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, People's chorus in Dialogues of the Carmelites.

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

Associate Director

Daria Zholnerova

Daria Zholnerova 
Second-year Artist Diploma in Opera Directing student from Saint Petersburg, Russia

At CCM: Stage Director for Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Stage Director for Two Remain (Out of Darkness) with Unlikely Opera House (Saint Petersburg, Russia).

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 student from Cleveland, Ohio

At CCM: Sound Designer for Dialogues of the Carmelites, A1 for Pippin, Assistant Sound Designer for Blue Stockings, Co-Sound Designer for Boom 2022, PSE for Assistant Sound Designer for The Laramie Project, A2 for The Secret Garden, A2 for The Rocky Horror Show. Elsewhere: A2 for Little Shop of Horrors and Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Idaho Shakespeare Festival (Boise, Idaho), Mix Engineer for The 39 Steps at Great Lakes Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio), Mix Engineer for Bands in Residence at Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio).


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).


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 
Junior Stage Management student from Toledo, Ohio

At CCM: Production Stage Manager for Everybody, Assistant Stage Manager for Spring Awakening and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Production Assistant for The Burials and Blue StockingsElsewhere: Production Stage Manager for Be More Chill and Stage Manager for Rent with Stone Productions (Toledo, Ohio).


Production Assistant

Lily Landoch

Lily Landoch 
Sophomore Stage Management student from Chicago, Illinois

At CCM: Assistant Stage Manager for An American in Paris and Clue, Production Assistant for Spring Awakening and Dialogues of the Carmelites, Wardrobe Crew for Frankenstein and She Loves Me, Spotlight Operator for Spelling Bee. Elsewhere: Assistant Stage Manager for Pippin and The Producers at North Shore Center for Performing Arts (Skokie, Illinois).


Assistant Scenic Designer

Mia Adrian

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

At CCM: Our Town.


Assistant Media Designer

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

At CCM: Associate Lighting Designer for Fairies, Swans, and Still Waters, Disguise Programmer and Content Creator for Frankenstein, Assistant Media Designer for Dialogues of the Carmelites, Disguise Programmer and Content Creator for The Hughes Project 2.0, Assistant Lighting Designer for She Loves Me, Assistant Lighting Designer and Programmer for The Burials, Assistant Lighting Designer for Galileo GalileiElsewhere: Associate Designer/Design Intern at Mandylights (Sydney, Australia).


Assistant Lighting Designers

Ashton Karp

Ashton Karp 
Junior Lighting Design student from Houston, Texas

At CCM: She Loves Me, 2023 Student Choreographers Showcase. Elsewhere: The Carnegie (Covington, Kentucky).


Claire Michels

Claire Michels 
Senior Lighting Design student from Madison, Wisconsin

At CCM: Lighting Designer for St. Matthew's Passion, Assistant Lighting Designer for Once on This Island, Associate Lighting Designer for Student Choreographers Showcase 2023. Elsewhere: Assistant Lighting Designer for The Nutcracker with Cincinnati Ballet.


Wardrobe Supervisor

Brittannie Travis

Brittanie McKenna Travis 
Third-year Master’s in Costume Design and Technology student from Indianapolis, Indiana

At CCM: Costume Designer for Fellow Travelers, Blue Stockings; Costume Coordinator for Wild Party, Xanadu; Wardrobe Supervisor for Lysistrata + Trojan Women, Dialogues of the Carmelites; Wardrobe Head for Cinderella. Elsewhere: Costume Designer for Sidra Bell’s Work Within Dreams (Muncie, Indiana); 2021 National Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Costume Design Award for In the Heights (Washington D.C.); 2022 Costume Design Intern at Television Academy Foundation – Emmy’s (Los Angeles) including PBC Season 2 (YouTube), The Purple Glasses (Los Angeles).


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 
Junior Costume Design and Technology student from Toledo, Ohio

At CCM: Assistant Costume Designer for Sweet Charity, Wardrobe Supervisor for Let the Right One In, and Wardrobe Head for Cinderella and Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Wardrobe Head and Stitcher for I Do! I Do! and Baby at Otterbein Summer Theatre (Westerville, Ohio).


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
Junior Technical Production student from Cincinnati, Ohio

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


Costume Production Crew

Elora Bowers

Elora Bowers 
Sophomore Stage Management student from West Chester, Ohio

At CCM: Production Assistant for Something Rotten, Costume Crew for Dialogues of the Carmelites, Assistant Stage Manager for Dido and Aeneas and Gianni Schicchi, Scenic Crew for Spring Dance, Deck Electrician for Sweet Charity.


Willow Heichel

Willow Heichel
Sophomore 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


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

Izzy Dillon

Iz Dillon 
Sophomore Technical Direction student from Carmel, Indiana

At CCM: Head Carpenter for Frankenstein, Run Crew for Xanadu and Blue Stockings, Wigs and Makeup for Once, Spotlight Crew for She Loves Me.


Assistant Sound Designer

Lucia Thill

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

At CCM: Production Sound Engineer for EverybodyOur Town. Elsewhere: Wizard of Oz at Southwest Community Education (Minneapolis, Minnesota).


Production Sound Engineer

Michael Donahue

Michael Donahue 
Senior Sound Design student from Norwalk, Connecticut

At CCM: Sound Designer for Dido and Aeneas & Gianni Schicchi, Production Sound Engineer for Dialogues des Carmelites, Production Sound Engineer for The BurialsElsewhere: Sound Designer/A1 for Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Matilda, Spamalot, and Clue with Forestburgh Playhouse (Forestburgh, New York).

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CCM News

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New CCM apparel available for purchase online

February 14, 2024

Show your school spirit this spring with official CCM apparel! New UC College-Conservatory of Music apparel is available for purchase online. CCM's Spring 2024 t-shirt and hoodie designs can be ordered online now through March 18, 2024.

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WATCH: CCM Opera Series presents 'The Cunning Little Vixen'

Event: February 29, 2024 8:00 PM

UC College-Conservatory of Music presents Leos Janáček’s beloved anthropomorphic opera "The Cunning Little Vixen" Feb. 29-March 2 in Corbett Auditorium. Sung in the original Czech, the opera follows a clever fox (or “vixen”), and the Forester, a human who captured her as a cub. Weaving between the human and animal world, the opera blends comedy and tragedy, exploring the cyclical nature of life and death.

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WATCH: CCM Play Series presents 'Clue: On Stage'

Event: February 8, 2024 8:00 PM

UC College-Conservatory of Music presents "Clue: On Stage" (play) on Feb. 8-10, 2024 at Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed by Brant Russell, the hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery play is based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie inspired by the classic Hasbro Board game.

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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
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
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
Sponsors listed as of Sept. 7, 2023

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.