Composed by Benjamin Britten   
Libretto by Ronald Duncan, after the play by André Obey

Nov. 16-19, 2023, Patricia Corbett Theater


  • Conductor | William Langley, alumni guest artist
  • Director | Darya Zholnerova 
  • Faculty Advisor | Robin Guarino
  • Scenic Designer | Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer | Kristen Peck *
  • Costume Designer |  Jayna Fry *
  • Sound Designer | Brian Haack *
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer | Tiara Jones *
  • Production Stage Manager | Annalee Crosser *  
  • Technical Director | Troy Brizius
  • Props Manager | Mia Adrian *
  • Choreographer and Intimacy Director | Susan Moser

*CCM student

Content advisory: For mature audiences, contains scenes of self-harm and sexual violence.

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Director’s Note

The composer Benjamin Britten, a registered conscientious objector and Christian pacifist, returned to Great Britain with his partner, Peter Pears, after a three year long self-imposed exile in the United States during 1939-42 at the peak of World War II. It was after witnessing the devastation of London and the British countryside that he began to write two of his greatest and most challenging pieces: The War Requiem and The Rape of Lucretia.

The Rape of Lucretia was his first chamber opera. In it Britten uses virtuosic vocal writing and eerie orchestral textures to weave together a hard-hitting, atmospheric theatre work that sounds and feels unlike anything else in the repertory. The story is framed by the observation and narration of a male and female chorus serving much the same role as in a Greek tragedy but in this context looking at the tragedy through Britten’s very personal Christian lens. The male and female chorus sing, “While we as two observers stand between this present audience and that scene, we'll view these human passions and these years through eyes which once have wept with Christ's own tears.”

The dramatic strength of this opera lies in its fearless treatment of taboos and the most primal means of human expression. Ronald Duncan based his English libretto on André Obey’s play Le Viol de Lucréce which in turn, was based on the 142-volume History of Rome, by the historian Livy tells the tragic story of the rape of a Roman noblewoman Lucretia by the heir apparent of the invading Etruscan military regime, Tarquinias. It was Lucretia’s martyrdom that resulted in the founding of the Republic of Rome.

The Rape of Lucretia does not back away from clearly detailing unbearable abuses of power, war, sexual violence, misogyny, xenophobia and martyrdom. The female chorus begins by stating: "It is an axiom among kings, to use a foreign threat to hide a local evil.” Britten views the story both as historical narrative and as an allegory to address the continued violence against women, colonialism, war, social, political and religious struggles still unfortunately part of the human condition.

The chorus "observers" are only tasked by Britten to recount the story. Despite this directive, they still attempt to stop Tarquinius's act of violence. Unfortunately, their attempt to change the course of history is thwarted, and they are tragically unable to prevent the inevitable crime. They can only repeat their endless narrative to each “present day audience.” 

Seen in allegorical terms, this production explores the Pagan symbolism while asking the question: how can we of faith now stand and watch without feeling complicity? Is forgiveness or redemption humanly possible? Can Christianity or any other religion help us to understand or stop the cycle of continued violence against women, the resurgence of racism, xenophobia, war and domestic gun violence? It is these questions that make this magnificent allegorical work even more relevant in our current times of violence at home and abroad.

It must be our mission as artists in society to face these challenges with diligence and depth of study coupled with a commitment to our audience to fiercely and courageously engage as artists in all aspects of the human condition. In this production we do not shy away from the reality of good and evil portrayed in Duncan’s and Britten’s allegory of “the white dove and the poisonous viper."  In our present complex world where wars still rage, Britten asks us to look with “eyes wide open” and consider with our hearts and good faith how to stop the endless cycle of violence and war and live to our greater potential as artists and human beings.

If you or someone you know is a victim of violence or experiencing a mental health related crisis the links below will direct you to resources that can help:

Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support: call or text 988; chat at 988lifeline.orgConnect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365. Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at

- Darya Zholnerova, Director and Robin Guarino, Dramaturg

The Company

  • Lucretia | Salleigh Harvey*, Tess Klibanoff^
  • Tarquinius | Erik Nordstrom*, Soren Pedersen^
  • Male Chorus | Carlos Ahrens*, Henry Benson^
  • Female Chorus | Lauryn Davis*, Tanya Harris^
  • Junius | Ryan Henry*, John Potvin^
  • Collatinus | John Mburu*, Cole Stephenson^
  • Bianca | Diamond Sparks*, Junyue Gong^
  • Lucia | Oliva Knutsen*, Holly Thomas^

* Performs Thursday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 18
^ Performs Friday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 19

Cast Profiles


Salleigh Harvey

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

At CCM: Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Ottone in Agrippina, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des CarmélitesElsewhere: Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Furman Lyric Theatre (Greenville, South Carolina), Old Baroness cover in Vanessa with Spoleto Festival USA (Charleston, South Carolina).

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).


Erik Nordstrom

Erik Nordstrom (he/him)
Second-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).

Male Chorus

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 )

Kendra Beasley

Henry Benson (he/him) 
Second-year Artist Diploma Opera student from Marinette, Wisconsin

At CCM: Timothy Laughlin in Fellow Travelers, Fenton in Falstaff, Nemorino in the 2021 Italian Opera Gala. Elsewhere: 2023 Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, 2021 Artist in Residence with Dayton Opera, Tenor II in The Tibetan Book of the Dead at Eastman Opera Theatre.

Female Chorus

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).


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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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).


John Mburu

John Mburu 
Second-year Master’s Vocal Performance student from Warwick, Rhode Island

At CCM Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Logger in Bulrusher (Opera Fusion: New Works), Pope Urban VIII/Cardinal Barabarini/Simplicio in Galileo Galilei, Young Paul/Frank Goode in Robeson Opera (Opera Fusion). Elsewhere: Chorister in Aida with Cincinnati Opera, Mr. Kofner in The Consul and Martin Avdeitch in What Men Live By with Lee University Opera Theatre (Cleveland, Tennessee).


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Diamond Sparks
First-year MM Voice student from Birmingham, Alabama

At CCM: Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia. Elsewhere: Prince Charmant in Cendrillon with the University of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama), Suzy cover in La Rondine, chorus member for La Rondine, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, and Carmen with Mobile Opera (Mobile, Alabama), Marcelina in Le nozze di Figaro with Vienna Summer Festival (Vienna, Austria).

Junyue Gong

Junyue Gong 
Second-year Master’s in Vocal Performance student from Chengdu, China

At CCM: Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Flower 3 in La hija de Rappaccini, Sister Gertrude in Dialogues des CarmélitesElsewhere: Nicolette cover in The Love for Three Oranges and Chorus in Carmen with Des Moines Metro Opera (Des Moines, Iowa).


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).

Holly Thomas

Holly Thomas 
Second-year Master’s in Vocal Performance student form Nashville, Tennessee

At CCM: Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Sister St. Charles in Dialogues Des CarmelitesElsewhere: Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata at Queen City Opera (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lisa cover in La Sonnambula at Teatro Nuovo (Montclair, New Jersey), Celia in Lucio Silla at Chicago Summer Opera (Chicago, Il), Rose in Ruddigore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Fanchette in Le Mariage aux Lanternes at the University of Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee).

Orchestra Roster

William Langley, alumni guest conductor 
Stephen Hardie, graduate assistant conductor (conductor on Nov. 19)


Violin 1

  • Yasmine Bougacha

Violin 2

  • Kiran Rajamani


  • Lila Reeser


  • Myles Yeazell 


  • Lorenzo Nigrelli

Flute/ Piccolo/ Alto Flute

  • Sieun Park

Oboe/ English Horn

  • Addie Carter

Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet

  • Kotaro Fujiwara


  • Bryan Benson


  • Charlie Klukow

Timpani/ Percussion

  • Jun Zheng


  • Madeline Arney


  • Joe Stevens

Musical preparation

  • Lisa Hasson
  • Andrew Crooks

Rehearsal pianists

  • Joseph Stevens 
  • Billie Jo Miller
  • Jie Fang Goh

Pit Pianist

  • Joseph Stevens

Alumni Guest Artist

William Langley (MM Orchestral Conducting, ’18)

William Langley

Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, William R. Langley, began his career as an orchestral conductor at age sixteen. In 2009 he founded the Wolf River Chamber Orchestra and in 2011 the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. The MRO served as the Orchestra in Residence at the Buckman Performing Arts Center where they gave over forty- five performances during their residency. 

An avid performer, the young Maestro has appeared as guest conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Starling Chamber Orchestra, Blueshift Ensemble, Concert:Nova, and All of the Above ensemble. In 2017 he made his opera debut with the CCM Opera Theatre where he conducted a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide as a part of their "Bernstein at a 100" centennial celebration and has since gone on to work with the opera companies of Cincinnati (as the John L. Magro Resident Conductor 2021-2022) workshopping, covering, and performing various operas since 2018 and in Naples (Florida) covering Ramon Tebar and making his debut in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied (2022). Recent opera appearances include his return to CCM Opera leading productions of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers and Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Langley has recorded albums with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra (Dvorak + Tchaikovsky and“Voyagers : Scheherazade + Mitton”) and All of the Above Ensemble (Double Portrait), the latter of which led to his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in the fall of 2018. 

In demand as a cover conductor, Langley has been a frequent cover with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cincinnati covering such conductors as Sir Donald Runnicles, Louis Langrée, Carlos Kalmar, Juanjo Mena, Jonathon Heyward, Ramón Tebar, Peter Oundjian, Nathalie Stutzmann, Nicola Luisotti, Xian Zhang, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, to name a few.

Langley holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati where he studied under the tutelage of Maestro Mark Gibson. He was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Austrian Foundation to be awarded one of two esteemed Ansbacher Fellowships for Young Conductors with the opportunity to study in Austria at the 2019 Salzburger Festspiele.

Langley, who “conducts with considerable theatricality, elicited a dramatic performance from the orchestra.” (Jon Sparks/Commercial Appeal), was the subject of a featured article entitled “Young Conductor Realizing Dreams” in the Commercial Appeal as well as the Memphis Flyer’s cover story “20 < 30” as one of “20 young Memphians shaping the city’s future”. 


Assistant Music Director

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Stephen Hardie
Second-year DMA Orchestral Conducting student from Melbourne Australia 

At CCM: Assistant conductor with Philharmonia and Concert Orchestra. Elsewhere: Performances with the University of Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Nova Sinfonia (Melbourne), Bayside Chamber Orchestra (Melbourne).

Production Staff

  • Assistant Stage Managers | Deborah Heyl, Kait Naylor
  • Production Assistant | Ali Fishbain 
  • Assistant Production Managers | Annalee Crosser, Katie Reus
  • Assistant Scenic Designer | Moira Seger, Jason Goodman
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Shelby Allred
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Charlie Raschke, Adam Markus
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Abby Powers
  • Costume Shop Graduate Assistant | Max Cotman, Lauren Fitts, Cassidy Kempthorne
  • Costume Crafts | Nato Hermann
  • Wardrobe Run Crew Head | Emily Mallendick
  • Wardrobe Running Crew | Jula Creech, Jacob Kaplan, Emma Miller, Mcgregor Phillips
  • Production Electrician | Riley Rowan
  • Assistant Production Electrician/Programmer | Kassidy Schley
  • Board Operator | Miya Chambers
  • Follow Spot Operators | Ben Stacy, Morgan Terry
  • Deck Electricians | Willow Heichel
  • Assistant Technical Directors | Benji Lookatch, Frank Jernigan
  • Head Carpenter | Corvo Hopkins
  • Set Construction Crew | Sarah Anderson, Sadie Boeskool,  Ryan Bradbury,  Anya Brennan,  Ryan Buckley,  Hank Burns-Pavlik,  Jack Capobianco,  Chloe Caudil,  Robert Chalk,  Halena Edwards,  Will Everson,  Evan Fehn,  Madeline Field,  Ali Fishbain,  Jason Goodman,  Michael Hamburg,  Chloe Hessling,  Jacob Kaplan,  Emma Miller,  Katie Mogren,  Val Molloy,  Mcgregor Phillips,  Ella Rosoff,  Joseph Schmitt,  Keira Schneider,  Ella Stumpf,  Lacey Vailikit,  Hayden Valkema,  Flynn Wilson,  Ben Wright,  Blake Yavuz
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Suzanne Barnes
  • Scene Shop Assistants | Will Blank,  Iz Dillon,  Willow Heichel,  Corvo Hopkins,  Lukas Hummeldorf,  Nick Hunley,  Hunter Lee,  Benji Lookatch,  Paloma Robles,  Morgan Terry
  • Set/Props Running Crew | Sadie Boeskool,  Ryan Buckley, Keira Schneider, Blake Yavuz, Iris Shipley
  • Sound Board Operator | Evan Fehn
  • Sound Technician | Ryan Grider
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Kaitlin Barnett, Patrick Kiernan, Bryan Pivaral
  • Wig and Make-Up Running Crew | Katie Reeser, Katie Mogren,  Ella Rosoff
  • Wig and Make-Up Graduate Assistants | Claire Bonnette, Tiara Jones, Emily Kemmerer 

Production Staff Profiles


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

Kristen Peck

Kristen Peck
Second-year Masters Lighting Design student from Fontana, California

At CCM: The Burials, Danceworks 2022. Elsewhere: God of Carnage at The Wayward Artist (Santa Ana, California), Titus Andronicus at Southern California Shakespeare Festival (Pomona, California), Heathers, Bee-luther-hatchee, Real Women Have Curves at California State Polytechnic University (Pomona, California).

Costume Designer

Jayna Fry

Jayna Fry 
Second-year Master’s Costume Design student from Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

At CCM: Assistant Costume Designer for Fellow TravelersElsewhere: Costume Shop Floor Manager at Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, New York), Resident Assistant Costume Designer and Costume Designer for Camp Rock jr. and Annie jr. at Hale Center Theater (Orem, Utah).

Sound Designer

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Brian Haack
Third-year Sound Design and Technology student from Katy, Texas

At CCM: Load-in/out Crew for Brightstar, Prep and Sound Board Operator for A Midsummer Night's Dream, Boom Operator for E-Media short film project.

Wig & Make-Up Designer

Tiara Jones

Tiara Jones
Second-year Master’s Makeup and Wig Design student from Alexandria, Virginia

At CCM: Wig and Makeup Designer for She Loves Me, Sunday in the Park with George, Fellow Travelers and Blue Stockings, Assistant Designer for Frankenstein, Pippin and Our Town, Pre-Show Artist for Xanadu, The Marriage of Figaro, Something Rotten, Lysistrata and The Trojan Women, Makeup Artist for CCM Idea Lab and 1966 Film. Elsewhere: Carmen, The Sound of Music, The Jungle Book, Tenor Overboard, Holy Grail and The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson with the Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, New York), Designer in the Annual DAAP Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week, recipient of the Albert C. Yates Fellowship.

Production Stage Manager

Annalee Crosser

Annalee Crosser 
Junior Stage Management student from Edmond, Oklahoma

At CCM: PSM for The Rape of Lucretia, ASM for Something Rotten and Frankenstein, PA for Le Nozze di Figaro and L'Amant Anonyme. Elsewhere: SM Intern for The Knock at Cincinnati Opera,  ASM for The Bridges of Madison County at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre (Winchester, Virginia).

Props Manager

Mia Adrian

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

At CCM: Our Town.

Assistant Stage Managers

Deborah Heyl

Deborah Heyl 
Second-year Master’s in Stage Management student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Assistant Stage Manager for Agrippina, Fall Dance 2022, 30 Years of Stephen. Elsewhere: Stage Manager for She Loves Me at South Park Theatre (South Park, Pennsylvania), Production Stage Manager for The White Rose at Prime Stage Theatre (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

Production Assistant

Ali Fishbain

Ali Fishbain 
Freshman Stage Management student from Madison, Wisconsin

At CCM: Production Assistant for The Rape of Lucretia.

Assistant Production Manager

Katie Reus

Katie Reus
Senior Stage Management student from St. Louis, Missouri

At CCM: Production Stage Manager for A Dream Play, Assistant Stage Manager for GiselleBlue Stockings, Dance Works (Fall 2021), Student Choreographer's Showcase 2021, Production Assistant for From Broadway with Love.

Assistant Scenic Designer

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Moira Seger (she/they) 
Sophomore Stage Design, Props and Scenic Art student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Scenic Charge for Everybody, Assistant Scenic Designer for The Rape of Lucretia, Props Manager for The Cunning Little VixenElsewhere: Props Artisan for Camelot, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Orpheus in the Underworld with The Ohio Light Opera (Wooster, Ohio).

Assistant Costume Designer

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.

Assistant Lighting Designers

Adam Markus

Adam Markus 
Sophomore Lighting Design and Technology student from Austin, Texas

At CCM: Assistant Production Electrician for Let the Right One In. Elsewhere: Electrician for Million Dollar Quartet and Annie with Totem Pole Playhouse (Fayetteville, PA).

Wardrobe Supervisor

Abby Powers

Abby Powers 
Senior Costume Design and Technology student from Jamestown, Ohio

At CCM: Costume Designer for Everybody, Costume Design Assistant for A Dream Play, Wardrobe Supervisor for The Rape of Lucretia and Cinderella, Stitcher for Clue, Fellow Travelers, and FrankensteinElsewhere: Stitcher/Dresser at North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, Massachusetts), Stitcher at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Madison, New Jersey), Costumes PA for I-35 and Bang Bang (Film).

Costume Shop Graduate Assistant

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Max Cotman (they/them)
Third-year MFA Costume Design and Technology student from Westerville, Ohio

At CCM: Costume Designer for A Dream Play, Draper for Cinderella, Draper for Frankenstein, Draper for She Loves Me, Craft Artisan for Spring Awakening, Asst. Costume Designer for Blue Stockings. Elsewhere: Firsthand on Candide at Glimmerglass Festival Opera (Cooperstown, New York), Firsthand on Sound of Music at Glimmerglass Festival Opera (Cooperstown, New York), Draper on The Jungle Book at Glimmerglass Festival Opera (Cooperstown, New York).

Costume Crafts

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Nato Hermann 
Senior Costume Design and Technology student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Milliner and Assistant Costume Designer for Sweet Charity, Dyer for Spring Awakening, Crafts for Cinderella, Milliner for FrankensteinElsewhere: Costume Crafts Apprentice at Glimmerglass Festival Opera (Cooperstown, New York).

Wardrobe Run Crew Head

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 Electrician

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Riley Rowan 
Junior Lighting Design and Technology student from Virginia Beach, Virginia

At CCM: Programmer for 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty, and Our Town, Production Electrician for Sunday in the Park with George, Asst. Production Electrician for Dance Works, Programmer for Little Shop of Horrors.

Assistant Production Electrician/ Programmer

Kassidy Schley

Kassidy Schley 
Sophomore Lighting Design student from North Richland Hills, Texas

At CCM: Assistant Lighting Designer for Sweet Charity, Lighting Technician/Board Op for Something Rotten, Lighting Technician/Follow Spot Op for 2023 Fairies, Swans and Still WatersElsewhere: Deck Electrician for Opera Theatre of St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri).

Board Operator

Alex Gushrowski

Miya Chambers 
Sophomore Lighting Design student from Alpharetta, Georgia

At CCM: Light Board Operator for The Rape of Lucretia.

Follow Spot Operator

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Morgan Terry
Sophmore Technical Production student from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Head carpenter for Let The Right One In; scenic carpenter for 2022-23 CCM season. Elsewhere: Totem Pole Playhouse, scenic carpenter for the 2023 summer season
Fulton Theatre, spotlight operator/run crew.

Deck Electrician

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).

Assistant Technical Directors

Benji Lookatch

Benji Lookatch
Junior Technical Production student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

At CCM: Assistant Technical Director for The Rape of Lucretia and Once on This Island, Head Carpenter for Something Rotten and Cinderella. Elsewhere: Carpenter and Run Crew for Oliver, Verdi's Aida, Elton John's Aida, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Utah Festival Opera and Music Theater (Logan, Utah)

Set Construction Crew

Jack Capobianco

Jack Capobianco 
Freshman Lighting Design student from Ashburn, Virginia

At CCM: Light Board Operator for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Follow Spot Operator in The Littlest Mermaid.

Halena Edwards

Halena Edwards 
Freshman Stage Management student from Memphis, Tennessee

At CCM: Production Assistant for Let the Right One InElsewhere: Assistant Stage Manager for The Addams Family Young @Part at Theatre Memphis

Ali Fishbain

Ali Fishbain 
Freshman Stage Management student from Madison, Wisconsin

At CCM: Production Assistant for The Rape of Lucretia.

Michael Hamburg

Michael Hamburg (he/him) 
Freshman Stage Management student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Production Assistant for Sweet CharityElsewhere: Assistant Stage Manager for Kinky Boots, RENT, Into the Woods, and George Remus: A New Musical and Music Operator for Guys and Dolls at The Carnegie (Covington, Kentucky).

Scenic Charge Artist

Suzanne Barnes

Suzanne Barnes
Senior Stage Design, Props and Scenic Art student from Cincinnati, Ohio

At CCM: Props manager for 𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘬 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘎𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦, 𝘈 𝘋𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘺, and 𝘚𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨. Co-scenic charge artist for 𝘓'𝘈𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘈𝘯𝘰𝘯𝘺𝘮𝘦 and 𝘍𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯. Scenic Charge artist for 𝘓𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘢 / 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘢𝘯 𝘞𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯. Elsewhere: Asst. scenic charge artist for 𝘛𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘧𝘵𝘩 𝘕𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 at The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Props intern for the Cincinnati Opera's 2023 Summer Festival.

Scene Shop Assistants

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.

Lukas Hummeldorf

Lukas Hummeldorf 
Junior Technical Design and Production student from Covington, Kentucky

At CCM: Assistant Technical Director for Something Rotten!, Master Carpenter for Marriage of Figaro. Elsewhere: Intern Technical Director for Indecent and Big Fish at the Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (Covington, Kentucky), and the Shop Foreman for Radium Girls and Tuck Everlasting at Notre Dame Academy (Covington, Kentucky). Overhire with IATSE Local 5, and carpenter with CVG Made.

Nick Hunley

Nick Hunley 
Senior Technical Production student from Worthington, Ohio

At CCM: Techncial Director for Let The Right One In, Assistant Technical Director for Cinderella, Programmer for Sunday in the Park with George, Head Carpenter for Pippin, Assistant Production Electrcian for Spring Dance. Elsewhere: Laser Design and Programming Intern at Image Engineering (Baltimore, MD), Stage Crew Lead at The Sante Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM), Stage Crew Apprentice at The Santa Fe Opera.

Hunter Lee

Hunter Lee
Senior Technical Production student from Amelia, Ohio

At CCM: Deck Electrician for Pippin, Head Carpenter for Xanadu, Production Assistant for The Good Trouble Project.

Benji Lookatch

Benji Lookatch
Junior Technical Production student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

At CCM: Assistant Technical Director for The Rape of Lucretia and Once on This Island, Head Carpenter for Something Rotten and Cinderella. Elsewhere: Carpenter and Run Crew for Oliver, Verdi's Aida, Elton John's Aida, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Utah Festival Opera and Music Theater (Logan, Utah)

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Morgan Terry
Sophmore Technical Production student from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

At CCM: Head carpenter for Let The Right One In; scenic carpenter for 2022-23 CCM season. Elsewhere: Totem Pole Playhouse, scenic carpenter for the 2023 summer season
Fulton Theatre, spotlight operator/run crew.

Sound Shop Graduate Assistants

Kaitlin Barnett

Kaitlin Barnett 
First-year Master’s Sound Design and Technology student from Butler, Pennsylvania

At CCM: A1 for 30 Years of Stephen: The Music of Stephen Flaherty. Elsewhere: Cinderella and Steel Magnolias at Studio Tenn (Franklin, Tennessee), The Lightning Thief and Secret Soldiers with Nashville Children's Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee), Little Women, Peter and the Starcatcher, and 42nd Street at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee), A Christmas Carol with Nashville Repertory Theatre (Nashville, Tennessee).

Patrick Kiernan

Patrick Kiernan 
Second-year MFA Sound Design and Technology student from Kingston, New York 

Elsewhere: Off-Broadway productions of A Salute to the Brave (world premiere) and She Stoops to Conquer (The Actors Company Theater); Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet (Time Shared Productions); Richard III, As You Like It, Around the World in 80 Days (world premiere), Julius Caesar (co-design, Matt Webb), Stuart Little, The Shakespeare, Stealer (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Henry VI Part One, Breach (Baldwin Wallace University); The Hunting of the Snark (The Players NYC/University of Michigan).

Bryan Pivaral

Bryan Pivaral
First-year Master’s Sound Design and Technology student from Miami, Florida

At CCM: A2 for She Loves Me Elsewhere: Sound Designer for Daughter and When 5 Years Pass at California Institute of the Arts (Santa Clarita, California). Sound Designer for PipelineItalian Futurist ProjectRed Velvet and Children's Hour at Florida International University (Miami, Florida).

Wig and Make-Up Graduate Assistants

Claire Bonnette

Claire Bonnette 
First-year Masters in Make-Up and Wig Design student from Ozark, Missouri

At CCM: Wig and Makeup Assistant Designer for Sweet CharityElsewhere: Spring Awakening and An Ideal Husband with Drury University Theatre (Springfield, Missouri).

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Emily Kemmerer
First-year MFA Make-up and Wig Design student from Wooster, Ohio

At CCM: Wig Stylist and Wig and Make-up Supervisor for Sweet Charity. Elsewhere: Assistant Wardrobe Manager at The Glimmerglass Festival for 2023 season (Cooperstown, New York). Wardrobe Supervisor at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for 2023 season (Cincinnati, Ohio). Wardrobe Supervisor at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre for 2022 season (Grand Lake, Colorado).

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CCM News


CCM Dance presents 'An American in Paris + Other Works' on Nov....

November 28, 2023

CCM Dance proudly presents An American in Paris + Other Works, a lively program featuring repertoire ranging from classical ballet to modern dance. The centerpiece of the program is An American in Paris, a one-act ballet set to George Gershwin’s iconic music, choreographed by guest artist Peter Davison.


Feast of Carols features holiday hits, local choirs in concert...

November 27, 2023

UC College-Conservatory of Music welcomes the holiday season on Dec. 2-3, 2023 with Feast of Carols, an annual concert featuring festive choral favorites performed by the CCM Chamber Choir, Chorale and Graduate Brass Quintet; UC Choruses, Cincinnati Youth Choir and outstanding guest choirs from local high schools.


CCM Starling Prep violinist named semi-finalist in Sphinx...

November 21, 2023

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is proud to announce that Anthony Dorsey, a longtime student in the CCM Starling Preparatory String Project, was recently named a semi-finalist in the annual Sphinx Competition. Dorsey is joined at the semi-finals by Sonya Moomaw, a former student of CCM Prep’s Junior Strings Program. Based in Detroit, the Sphinx Organization is a nationwide social justice organization which fosters the talents of Black and Latinx string players and promotes diversity in classical music.

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

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
Orchestral Sponsor
Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor
Starling Strings Sponsor
Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary
Organ Department Sponsors
Keyboard Club of Cincinnati
Louis and Susan Meisel
Piano Department Sponsors
Kevin and Nancy Rhein
   Wind Studies Sponsor
Buddy Rogers Music
LINKS Sponsor
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 Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

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


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

Tax Credit

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

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

Map depicting exits from Patricia Corbett Theatre

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.