CCM Students and Alumni Featured in NANOWorks’ Season Closing Productions June 27 – 29

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley.

Composer (and CCM alumna) Jennifer Jolley, co-founder of NANOWorks.

We are delighted to report that North American New Opera Workshop’s (NANOWorks) season-closing production of Marie Incontrera’s At the Other Side of the Earth and Eric Knechtges’ Last Call will feature a number of current and former CCM students!

This exciting double-bill production opens with the Midwestern premiere of Incontrera’s riot girl opera, showcasing the talents of sopranos Molly Hanes (MM, 2013), Autumn West (MM, 2013) and Esther Kang (MM, 2012), along with bass-baritone Ben Flanders (MM, 1998). Instrumentalists for this piece include violinists Nick Naegele (BM, 2007; MM, 2008; AD, 2010) and Dylan Firlie (current BM student), along with rehearsal pianist Stephen Variames (AD, 2014).

The production also features the world premiere of Knechtges’ Last Call, an opera loosely based on Cincinnati’s gay bar scene. That work features mezzo-soprano Lauren McAllister (MM, 2014) and sopranos Stacey Sands (MM, 2010) and Katherine Krueger (MM, 2012).

Aik Khai Pung (MM, 2009) conducts both operas.

NANOWorks’ season-closing double-bill runs June 27 – 29 at the Cabaret Room above the Below Zero Lounge. Learn more about both works by visiting www.nanoworksopera.com.

NANOWorks was co-founded by CCM alumna Jennifer Jolley (MM, 2009; DMA, 2012) and is dedicated to raising the spotlight on young singers, composers, librettists, directors, choreographers and other company artists in order to give them a stepping stone to national attention.

Last July, Opera News’ Kyle MacMillan profiled Jolly and observed that NANOWorks is based in Cincinnati “partly because Jolley and her collaborators live there and partly because of the rich pool of vocal talent there, due to the presence of the respected University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.”

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CCM’s ‘The Tragedy of Carmen’ Brings New Fervor to the Classic Opera

Marco Cammarota and Leah de Gruyl in CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Tragedy of Carmen.' Photography by Steven Goldstein.

Marco Cammarota and Leah DeGruyl in CCM's Studio Series production of 'The Tragedy of Carmen.' Photography by Steven Goldstein.

Take the entrancing story of a gypsy woman’s raw seductive power and the men that want her, add the fervor of the hallowed music of Georges Bizet and mix in a bit of modern storytelling. The result is a 90-minute, action- and passion-packed retelling of the beloved opera Carmen, adapted by the daringly innovative stage director Peter Brook.

Sung in French with English surtitles, experience the frenzy of Carmen in an entirely new way. Performed as part of CCM’s acclaimed Studio Opera Series, The Tragedy of Carmen runs March 2-4 in the Cohen Family Studio Theater in CCM Village on the University of Cincinnati campus. Isaac Selya conducts with stage direction by Steven Goldstein.

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CCM Wins Big in National Opera Association’s Annual Production Competition

CCM's Spring 2011 Mainstage Production of Poulenc's 'Dialogues of the Carmelites.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM's Spring 2011 Mainstage Production of Poulenc's 'Dialogues of the Carmelites.' Photography by Mark Lyons.

The National Opera Association has announced the results of its annual Opera Production Competition and CCM’s 2010-11 Mainstage, Studio and Undergraduate Series of Operas have again received some of the competition’s highest honors.

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CCM Slideshows: Dialogues of the Carmelites

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This weekend, CCM proudly presents Francis Poulenc’s gripping opera Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites). Based on a true story, this heartbreaking saga of martyred nuns runs through May 15 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. You can read Janelle Gelfand’s preview of the opera here.

Learn more about CCM’s production of Dialogues of the Carmelites here.

Tickets are $27-$29 general admission, $17-$19 students. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or boxoff@uc.edu for more information.

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Poulenc’s Heartrending Opera ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’ Closes CCM’s Mainstage Season

Dialogues of the Carmelites photography by Mark Lyons.

Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM completes its record-breaking Mainstage Season with the intensely psychological journey encapsulated in Francis Poulenc’s gripping opera Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites). Based on a true story, this heartbreaking saga of martyred nuns runs from May 12-15, 2011 in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus. Learn more about the opera after the jump.

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Gender-Bending Hilarity Radiates from CCM Opera’s Performance of “The Island of Tulipatan”

Photography by Gustave Valdes.

Photography by Gustave Valdes.

CCM Opera students are preparing to tackle the uproarious comedy of Offenbach’s rarely performed operetta, The Island of Tulipatan, which runs March 4-6 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. A part of CCM’s Studio Opera Series, the performance is conducted by Chaowen Ting and directed by Jennifer Williams. Admission to The Island of Tulipatan is free, but reservations are required. Tickets become available on Monday, Feb. 28 at noon—please contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 to reserve. Limit two tickets per order. Learn more about the production after the jump.

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