Admission for CCM's Studio Series production of Ariodante is free but reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 12 through the CCM Box Office.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music showcases its young opera stars with the Studio Series production of Ariodante, which boasts music by George Frideric Handel and a libretto based on a work by Antonio Salvi. Directed by CCM Opera Chair Robin Guarino and conducted by Jiannan Cheng, the opera runs Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

Hailed as one of Handel’s finest operas, Ariodante presents a tale of royal intrigue and betrayal set in the remote Scottish Highlands. The daughter of the King of Scotland is happily engaged to Prince Ariodante, but the scheming Duke Polinesso plots to take the princess’ hand in marriage and seize the throne for himself. Intrigue ensues in this celebrated opera seria, but true love wins the day!

Ariodante premiered at Convent Garden in 1735 and, after its initial success, fell into obscurity for almost two centuries. In the 1970’s, opera companies began to stage revivals of the opera, and now it is a staple of the operatic repertoire.

Admission is free but reservations are required; tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 12. Visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Orders are limited to two tickets each.

Cast List

  • Ariodante – Chelsea Duval-Major*, Kayleigh Decker^
  • Ginevra – Murrella Parton*, Heidi Middendorf^
  • Dalinda – Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^
  • Polinesso – Amber Fasquelle*, Brianna Brag^
  • Lurcanio – Ben Lee*, Chandler Johnson^
  • Le Re – Michael Hyatt*, Samson McCrady^
  • Oduardo – Tyler Johnson
  • Ariodante’s Page – Lisa Rogali
  • Re’s Page – Zane Hill

*Saturday, Feb. 17
^Friday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb . 18

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Friday Feb. 16
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Tickets become available at noon on Monday, Feb. 12. Please visit the CCM Box Office or call 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order.

Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

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 campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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

Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal

Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith

Story by CCM graduate student Alexandra Doyle



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