CCM OPERA Series Presents


Opera in three acts 
Composed by Leoš Janácek 
Revised version by Jiri Zahrádka

Feb. 29-March 2, 2024, Corbett Auditorium

  • Conductor | Vinay Parameswaran, Guest Artist
  • Director | Brian Robertson
  • Scenic Designer | Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer | Jessica Drayton *
  • Costume Designer |  Celeste Jackson-Moody
  • Sound Designer | Bryan Pivaral *
  • Production Stage Manager | Deborah Heyl *
  • Technical Director | Nick Hunley
  • Movement Director | Jacob McGlaun
  • Assistant Director | Daria Zholnerova
  • Assistant Conductor | Stephan Fillare
  • Musical Preparation | Marie-France Lefebvre
  • Chorus Master, Children’s Chorus Master | Lisa Hasson
  • Rehearsal Pianists | Marine Eckert, Joesph Stevens

*CCM Student

The Company

  • Sharp-Ears (Bystrouška) the Vixen  | Gabrielle Turgeon+, Emma Marhefka^  
  • Gold-Stripe (Zlatohřbítek) the Fox  | Clara Reeves+, Malone Blaich^ 
  • Forester (Revírník) | Erik Nordstrom+, Andrew Hallam^  
  • Parson | John Mburu  
  • Schoolmaster | Logan Wagner^, William Tanski+  
  • Harašta, a poultry dealer | Seoyong Lee^, Will Ryan+   

^Performs Thursday and Saturday 
+ Performs Wednesday and Friday


  • Frantík, Pepík's friend | Ahhyun Baek
  • Lapák, a dog; Mrs. Páskova, Pásek's wife | Rachael Bell  
  • Forester's wife | Madison Finke
  • Pásek, an innkeeper; Mosquito | Reed Gnepper  
  • Chocholka, a hen | Grace Graham
  • Cricket; Owl | Salleigh Harvey  
  • Young Vixen, Bystrouška; Pepík, Forester's grandson | Maren Hrivnak  
  • Grasshopper; Woodpecker | Lily Scalisi  
  • Jay; Rooster  | Morgan Small  
  • Badger  | Cole Stephenson  
  • Hens Ensemble | Ahhyun Baek, Reed Gnepper, Salleigh Harvey, Maren Hrivnak, Lily Scalisi, Will Tanski

Childrens Chorus

  • Young Frog | Agnes Vandegrift
  • Fox Solos | Evelyn Huey, Cora Koltak
  • Ensemble | Justice Androne, Sloane Burkett, Evelyn Huey, Isla Jones, Cora Koltak, Elizabeth Leisring, Dawson Moore, Oliver Sims, Agnes Vandegrift, Alexander Veshapidze, Marco Wolfe

Orchestra Roster

Orchestra Roster

Violin I

  • Cassidy Franzmeier, Concert master
  • Ava Shedd, Assistant concert master
  • Tao Xue
  • Lucas Braga
  • Olivia Simons
  • Riki Nagai
  • KayCee Galano
  • Emma Joyce
  • Andrew Smeader
  • Kalli Sobania
  • Ella Lee

Violin 2

  • Gabrielle Sewell, principal
  • Po-Ling Huang, assistant principal
  • Yasmine Bougacha
  • Nayoung Yang
  • Ethan Forman
  • Jason Colon
  • Ruey-Yun Chao
  • John Galik
  • Linke Zhou
  • Madeline Marshall
  • Yinyin Sun


  • Melissa Peraza, principal
  • Kody Dunford, assistant principal
  • Ryan de la Ree
  • Lila Reeser
  • Isabella Prater
  • Sarah Nichols
  • Kate Mazon
  • Aadhi Ramkumar
  • Murphy Combs


  • Lucas Orth, principal
  • Manuel Papale, assistant principal
  • Aidan Bolding
  • Matthew Lei
  • Anna Mackintosh
  • Hye-Jeong Oh
  • Myles Yeazell


  • Peter Kim, principal
  • Jack Kotchka-Smith, assistant principal
  • Lorenzo Nigrelli
  • Caleb Edwards


  • Lindsey Wong
  • Dayna Hagstedt
  • Lauren Jett
  • Lianna Balett 


  • Leo De La Cruz
  • Evan Ryan Dial

English Horn

  • Reed Carter


  • Owen Cheung
  • Taylor Marren

Bass Clarinet

  • Logan Leister


  • Elizabeth Beeche
  • Bryan Benson


  • Yu-Chuen Huang


  • Brian Walsh
  • Kylee Skairs
  • Hayden Lavalle
  • Seth Johnson
  • Assistant: Sarah Zukhenova 


  • Anna Sheppard 
  • Zige Huang 
  • Austin Park 


  • Kyle Langer 
  • Bryson Hunt

Bass Trombone

  • Sean Reynolds


  • Bruce Deal


  • EJ Busby 


  • Marine Eckert

Vinay Parameswaran, Guest Conductor

Vinay Parameswaran

Internationally recognised for his energetic presence, imaginative programming, and compelling musicianship, Vinay Parameswaran is one of the most exciting young conductors on the podium today.

Highlights of his 22-23 season included his debuts with the Houston and Charlotte Symphonies, return appearances with the Nashville Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, and education and family concerts with the Chicago Symphony and New Jersey Symphony. In the 2021/22 season, Parameswaran concluded five seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was initially Assistant and then Associate Conductor.

During his three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Parameswaran led over 150 performances, which included his subscription debut with the Orchestra in 2016/17. Other highlights have included debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras.

Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Parameswaran has led performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Curtis Opera Theater.  In Cleveland, he has assisted Franz Welser-Möst on productions of Verdi’s Otello, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Parameswaran graduated with honours from Brown University where he began his conducting studies with Paul Phillips. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was the Albert M. Greenfield Fellow, later a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a recipient of a Career Assistance Award by the Solti Foundation U.S. in May 2021.

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Production Staff

  • Assistant Stage Managers | Kait Naylor, Raeya Garcia
  • Production Assistant | Chloe Caudill  
  • Child Supervisors | Finley Shields, Sage Shepard
  • Czech Language Coaching | David Adams, Timothy Cheek
  • Assistant Production Managers | Katie Reus, Annalee Crosser
  • Associate Costume Designer | Jayna Fry
  • Associate Lighting Designers | Bella Pfeiffer
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Laura Hanks
  • Props Manager | Moira Seger 
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Peggie Dona
  • Wardrobe Crew Leaders | Julia Schillaci, Anya Brennan
  • Wardrobe Crew | Ella Rosoff, Hank Burns-Pavlik, Carter Minor, Arthur Perkins
  • Production Electrician | Nate Miller
  • Assistant Production Electrician/Board Op | Will Everson
  • Lighting Programmer | Riley Rowan
  • Deck Electricians | Miya Chambers
  • Followspot Operators | Jacob Kaplan, Corvo Hopkins
  • Head Carpenter | Paloma Robles
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Jessica Secrest 
  • Props Advisor | Ashley Crockett
  • Production Sound Engineer | Lucia Thill
  • Audio 1 | Reagan Warvel
  • Costume Design Advisor | Elizabeth Payne
  • Cover Stage Manager | Annalee Crosser

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