The CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents this witty romantic comedy from Feb. 20 through 23, 2020. Tickets available online.
CCM opera and voice students sing their way through mistaken identities and declarations of love and war in Partenope, with music by George Frideric Handel and libretto by Silvio Stampiglia. The opera, approaching its 300-year anniversary, tells the story of four rival suitors vying for the hand of Queen Partenope of Naples. Performances run from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.
Greg Eldridge directs this production and CCM master’s student Caleb Glickman conducts. The story centers on Queen Partenope and her surplus of potential husbands: the handsome Prince Arsace, the shy Prince Armindo, the volatile Prince Emilio and Eurimene, who is actually Arsace’s ex-fiancée Rosmira in disguise. Who will win the Queen’s heart? In his director’s note, Eldridge says audience members will be able to see glimpses of themselves in each of the characters in the opera.
“It is Handel’s ability to write music that at once humanizes his protagonists while underscoring their majestic or mythological natures that makes his work such a delight for directors, performers and audiences alike,” says Eldridge. “It is this relationship between characters, their emotions and each other that we seek to explore in this production.”
Partenope is Handel’s first comic opera; completed just two weeks before its premiere in 1730, it was such a departure from Handel’s successful opera seria works that the Royal Academy of Music rejected the opera. However, the public disagreed, and it had a successful seven-performance run during the premiere production, with revivals following in the next decade. After a lull in performances of over two centuries, it was premiered in the United States in 1988.
The 2019-20 CCMONSTAGE Opera Series presents Partenope on Feb. 20-23, 2020, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are on sale now through the CCM Box Office; student discounts are available.
- Greg Elridge, director
- Caleb Glickman*, conductor
- Marie-France Lefebvre and Kathleen Kelly, preparing coaches
- Nia Burns*, production stage manager
- Mark Halpin, scenic designer
- Kelly C. Howland*, lighting designer
- Hakura Iihoshi*, sound designer
* CCM Student
- Claire Lopatka as Partenope
- Nicholas Kelliher as Arsace
- Grace Kiver as Armindo
- Tyler Johnson as Emilio
- Christina Hazen as Rosmira/Eurimene
- Justin Burgess as Ormonte
- 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
- 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23
Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Single tickets prices start at $23.50; Student discounts and group rates are also available.
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CCMONSTAGE Production Sponsor: Macy’s and Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle