CCM invites local audiences to hear tomorrow’s opera stars today, as CCM hosts its prestigious scholarship competition beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Admission to this event is free, and reservations are not required. Audience members may enter and exit Corbett Auditorium at appropriate times throughout the day.

Twenty-three current and incoming young artists will compete for approximately $100,000 in tuition grants and $62,500 in other named awards, including the Corbett Award, Italo Tajo Memorial Award, Andrew White Memorial Award, Seybold-Russell Award and John Alexander Memorial Award. Each contestant will be judged on the basis of voice, acting, language, musicianship and style in a complete dramatic performance of an aria.

A panel of judges composed of world-renowned opera-industry professionals will select the winners. The judges’ panel for this year’s competition includes:

  • Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera at UCLA, Professor of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and Artistic Director of the Seattle Young Artists Program
  • Kevin Murphy, Professor of Practice and Head Opera Coach at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater and director of music administration at the New York City Opera
  • Lenore Rosenberg, Associate Artistic Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera

The winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, March 16, following the conclusion of the competition.

Performance Time
CCM’s Opera Scholarship Competition begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, and runs throughout the day. Audience members may enter and exit Corbett Auditorium at appropriate times throughout the competition.

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Admission to the Opera Scholarship Competition is FREE and open to the general public. Reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

About CCM Opera
The Department of Opera at CCM boasts one of the most comprehensive training programs for opera singers, coaches and directors in the United States. Students at CCM work with some of the most renowned teachers and artists active in opera today.

CCM students frequently advance to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. (Current student Thomas Richards was recently named Grand Finalist Winner of this year’s auditions.) Furthermore, CCM’s Mainstage and Studio Series of Opera have received some of the National Opera Association Production Competition’s highest honors throughout the years, taking home six of the 18 non-professional prizes awarded in 2010 and four prizes in 2011.

CCM Opera graduates have performed on the stages of the world’s greatest opera companies, including La Scala (Italy), Royal Opera (London), San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera (New York), Cincinnati Opera and more.

About the Competition Judges
Peter Kazaras is the Director of Opera at UCLA and Professor of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He has been Artistic Director of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program since 2006, a position he still retains. As an operatic tenor, he has performed worldwide, appearing at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, Vienna State Opera, L’Opéra National de Paris, L’Opéra de Nice, Grand Théåtre de Genève, New Israeli Opera, Wellington International Festival of the Arts (New Zealand), Canadian Opera Company and others. He has premiered several new works, including Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles (Metropolitan Opera), Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Tippett’s New Year (Houston Grand Opera) and Picker’s Thérèse Raquin (Dallas Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, San Diego Opera). Conductors he has worked with include Leonard Bernstein, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, John Nelson, Armin Jordan and Asher Fisch.

Over the past 15 years, he also worked with great success as a stage director, with productions for Seattle Opera, the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, Opera UCLA, Hartt College of Music, San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Program, Florida State University, Cabrillo Festival, Madison Opera and Wolf Trap Opera Festival. A frequent panelist on the Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera Quiz, Kazaras is also in demand as a judge for international competitions. He has adjudicated the first and second International Wagner Competitions at Seattle Opera, the first Elardo International Competition in New York, Marilyn Horne’s competition at Music Academy of the West, the Les Azuriales Festival in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat in France and has adjudicated twice at The Juilliard School. He has also served as a judge for the District and Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Pianist Kevin Murphy is Professor of Practice and Head Opera Coach at IU Opera Theater and has been director of music administration at the New York City Opera since September 2008. Prior to joining the New York City Opera staff, he was appointed by Gerard Mortier as the directeur des etudes musicales at the Opéra National de Paris. In 1992, he was the first pianist invited by Maestro James Levine to participate in the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and continued as an assistant conductor from 1993 through June 2006. He has played continuo harpsichord with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in productions of Così fan tutteLa CenerentolaLe nozze di FigaroDon GiovanniLa Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo and traveled with the company on tour in Japan. In August 2011, he assumed the position of director of the vocal program at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Respected for his work in master class and as a private coach, Murphy has also performed in chamber music collaborations with the Zukerman Chamber Players, as well as members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

He has appeared on the Today Show with soprano Renée Fleming, Good Morning America with soprano Cecilia Bartoli and the Tonight Showwith tenor Gary Lakes. He has been musical assistant and played continuo harpsichord for the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project in Japan, at the Tanglewood Music Festival and Verbier for James Levine, and worked with Esa-Pekka Salonnen at La Jolla’s SummerFest. Additional festival appearances have included Music @ Menlo, Bellingham Festival of Music and Vin et Musique in Burgundy. Murphy has been in residence with the Canadian Opera Company and the Vocal Arts Program at The Juilliard School. He is a regular adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will collaborate with members of the Merola Opera Program at the San Francisco Opera in May 2012. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Murphy received his Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Master’s of Music in Piano Accompaniment from the Curtis Institute. He currently makes his home in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife, Heidi Grant Murphy, and their four children.

Lenore Rosenberg is the Associate Artistic Administrator of the Metropolitan Opera and the former director of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She joined the Met’s artistic staff in 1985, with a background in both the performance and production aspects of opera. She has degrees in voice from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Rosenberg, who is responsible for the casting of secondary roles and covers for the Met season, is a member of the in-House Auditions Screening Committee, as well as the Stage Audition Panel, and is a member of the National Council Finals Jury. Among the international juries on which she has served are the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona, the Montserrat Caballe Competition in Andorra, the Renata Tebaldi Competition in San Marino, the Ottavio Ziino Competition in Rome, the Luciano Pavarotti Competition in Modena, Italy and both the Rimsky-Korsakov and Elena Obraztsova Competitions in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2011, she adjudicated the Marcello Giordani Competition in Catania and the Queen Sonja Competition in Oslo. In addition, since 2001 she has been the music administrator of the Spoleto Festival USA, in Charleston, South Carolina.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

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