Watch: CCM Alumnus Edward Nelson Wins Glyndebourne Opera Cup

CCM alumnus Edward Nelson (BM Voice, 2011; MM Voice, 2013) took home the first prize award at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international competition designed to discover and spotlight the best young opera singers from around the world. Dame Janet Baker, the competition’s honorary president, gave Nelson his trophy, which was inspired by the golden lyre that Baker used in Glyndebourne’s 1982 production of Orfeo ed Euridice.

This prize includes £15,000 (about $18,400 in U.S. currency) and the guarantee of a professional role at a top international opera house. The members of the deciding jury included opera legends Sumi Jo, Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott, as well as other industry professionals.

Following preliminary rounds in Cape Town, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and New York, six singers advanced to compete in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup final, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelson performed two dramatic arias from Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet before sealing his win with a spectacular performance of “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville. His winning performance is available to watch online at YouTube.

Nelson recently made his European debut with the Norwegian premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera. His performances were well-reviewed, despite his having learned the role in just four weeks. Bachtrack.com said that “Nelson impressed with a ringing baritone, excellent French diction and a surprisingly easy top [register].”

This season, Nelson appears with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Vancouver Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, with San Francisco Opera as Bosun in Billy Budd and with the Saint Louis Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Read more about Nelson’s professional accomplishments.


Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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Congratulations to CCM’s Class of 2018

CCM celebrates the Class of 2018 with a Graduation Convocation Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Graduation Convocation. Photos by Lisa Britton.

Students receiving baccalaureate, masters, doctoral and artist diploma degrees in April 2018 will be recognized at the Convocation. The ceremony will be in full academic regalia, and will feature a faculty and student procession and recognition of this year’s distinguished alumni and service award recipients.

The 2018 honorees include:

  • Distinguished Young Alumnus Award: Aik Khai Pung (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2009; DMA Orchestral Conducting, 2014)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award: Rebecca Maloy (MM Flute, 2000; PhD Musicology, 2001)
  • Distinguished Service Award: Kimberly Daniel de Acha (BM Voice, 1970), Rafael de Acha (BM Voice, 1970)

Before the Convocation Ceremony, CCM hosts a cookout in room 300 of the Dieterle Vocal Arts Center. The cookout is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Graduates, parents and friends are welcome to attend.

UC’s Class of Spring 2018 is projected to be the largest in the university’s history. Read more about the record-breaking class in UC Magazine: magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/spring18commencement.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 graduates! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the years ahead.

Stay in touch by registering for your free CCMpower Alumni membership at ccm.uc.edu/alumni.

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CCM Choral Ensembles Present World Premiere by Dale Warland on Feb. 11

The Spring 2018 Choral Series opens with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate CCM’s 150th Anniversary.

The Spring 2018 Choral Series opens with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate CCM’s 150th Anniversary.

The Department of Choral Studies at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music presents nine free and ticketed performances during its Spring 2018 Concert Series, beginning with a special program honoring CCM’s Sesquicentennial at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Corbett Auditorium.

The CCM Chamber Choir, led by Earl Rivers, opens the concert series on Sunday, Feb. 11 with the world premiere of Dale Warland’s I Hear America Singing, commissioned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of CCM’s founding.

Founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers and an inductee in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, Warland’s (HonDoc, 2008) distinguished career as a choral composer and conductor spans more than six decades. CCM is home to the Dale Warland Singers Archive, which is among the largest collection of contemporary choral works in the country.

Warland chose to set the commissioned choral work to text from Walt Whitman’s I Hear America Singing, which was revised for the fourth edition of Leaves of Grass in 1867 — the same year Clara Baur founded the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

“Whitman, in this poem, creates an image of an America unified by song and hard work,” Warland says. “I cannot help but believe that the founders and early participants associated with CCM must have been fully aware of Whitman’s passion for music and the high regard that he had for singing.”

In celebration of CCM’s Sesquicentennial, acclaimed countertenor and alumnus Michael Maniaci (BM, 1999) returns to CCM as the featured soloist in the Feb. 11 concert with the Chamber Choir in Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis. Praised for his rare, thrilling voice and sensational stage presence, Maniaci will also return to CCM to solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for a second concert on March 8.

The Feb. 11 concert also features performances from the Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, directed by Robyn Lana; the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, conducted by Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger; and the CCM Chorale, conducted by Brett Scott, in Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder (New Love Songs).

CCM’s Spring 2018 Choral Series presents nine concerts between Feb. 11 and April 29. View the complete performance listings below! Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office.
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Event Information
All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Some events do require purchased tickets; please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

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 uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. 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.uc.edu/about/directions.
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SPRING 2018 CHORAL SERIES

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 •
CELEBRATING CCM’S SESQUICENTENNIAL WITH DALE WARLAND
CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Earl Rivers, Robyn Lana, Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, conductors

CCM’s Sesquicentennial Celebration features guest conductor/composer-in-residence Dale Warland (HonDoc, 2008), inductee in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and founder of the Grammy Award-nominated Dale Warland Singers. The CCM Chamber Choir presents the world premiere of I Hear America Singing commissioned by the CCM Choral Department and composed by Warland in honor of the 150th anniversary of CCM’s founding. CCM Chamber Choir also presents Leonard Bernstein’s Missa Brevis, featuring countertenor and CCM alumnus Michael Maniaci, and the CCM Chorale presents Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder (New Love Songs).
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Monday, March 5
• Guest Artist Series •
COLORS OF EUROPE: CONTEMPORARY CHORAL MUSIC
Madrigalchor from Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Martin Steidler, music director and conductor

Madrigalchor presents contemporary a cappella and accompanied choral works of Buchenberg (Germany), Busto (Spain), Esenvalds (Latvia), Gjeilo (Norway), Herzog (Austria), Petrassi (Italy), Tormis (Estonia) and Vujic (Serbia).
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Thursday, March 8
• CCM at 150 Celebrates Bernstein at 100 •
BERNSTEIN’S CHICHESTER PSALMS AND SAXOPHONE CONCERTOS
CCM Concert Orchestra and Chorale
Featuring guest artists from the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention
Aik Khai Pung and Brett Scott, music directors and conductors

Bernstein’s most popular choral/orchestra work, Chichester Psalms, premiered in 1965 with the composer conducting. The work features countertenor and CCM alumnus Michael Maniaci and Bernstein-selected texts from Psalms 23, 100, 108 and 131 of the Hebrew Bible. Saxophone repertoire to be announced.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, March 18
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
CELEBRATE YOUTH: LEGACY25
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrates its 25th anniversary. Premiering commissions by Ola Gjeilo and Rollo Dilworth, the program will highlight some of the finest, most recognized children’s choir repertoire as well as past commissions.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21
• Choral Series •
MUSIC THAT UNITES
UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Kevin Coker and Molly Getsinger, conductors

Comprised of students from all 14 UC colleges, the UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers offer a variety of classical, popular, folk and jazz arrangements of Copland, Davison, Forrest, LaBarr, Ramsey and Walker.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 8
• Choral Series •
MONTEVERDI FESTIVAL
CCM Chamber Choir, CCM student soloists and Early Music guest artists
Earl Rivers, conductor

CCM’s Monteverdi Festival features madrigals from Books V, VI, VII and VIII, and concerto works from Selva Morale e Spirituale. Early Music guest artists playing period instruments join CCM students for a feast of chamber and large-scale works.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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4 p.m. Saturday, April 14
• Choral Series •
LISZT’S VIA CRUCIS
CCM Chorale
Brett Scott, conductor
Kenneth Griffiths, piano

Composed between 1866 and 1878 for chorus and solo organ or piano, Liszt’s Via Crucis portrays Jesus’ journey carrying the cross in 14 meditations, each representing a station of the cross.
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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3 p.m. Sunday, April 15
• Choral Series •
CCM Chorale
Featuring Cincinnati’s Musica Sacra Chorus
Brett Scott, conductor

CCM Chorale combines with Music Sacra, one of Cincinnati’s notable volunteer choruses, to perform an all-Schubert program of Romantic choral/orchestral masterworks.
SCHUBERT: Mass in A-Flat, D. 678
SCHUBERT: Stabat Mater, D. 383
Location: St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Admission: FREE
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5 p.m. Sunday, April 29
• CCM Ensemble-in-Residence •
WE SING: HOPE AND UNITY – LEGACY25
Cincinnati Children’s Choir
Robyn Lana, music director

This concert will complete the 25th anniversary season as we celebrate international friendships made since the choir began.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Foundation

Choral Studies Sponsors: Jan Rogers, Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation

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