CCM Mainstage Opera Presents Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ and ‘Gianni Schicchi’

 CCM pairs two of Puccini’s most popular operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi for its next Mainstage production on March 22-25.

CCM’s Sesquicentennial Mainstage Series presents a pair of operas with music by Giacomo Puccini and librettos by Giovacchino Forzano on March 22-25, 2018 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Suor Angelica‘s tragic story focuses on a young nun who is serving penance for conceiving an illegitimate child, while Gianni Schicchi is a comedic opera about a family who tries to alter a large inheritance to their favor.

CCM graduate students are directing each production; Meredith Kitz directs Suor Angelica, while Andreas Hager directs Gianni Schicchi. CCM Director of Orchestra Studies Mark Gibson conducts the opera double bill.

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi work well together because they are so different,” Hager says. “The former takes religion and social order very seriously, while the latter completely skewers the awful and rich Donati family. In Suor Angelica, God is the moral compass, but Gianni Schicchi is about flesh and desire, with both the good and bad urges in every human.”

The unique challenges of Gianni Schicchi are twofold, according to Hager; even though the opera is only about an hour long, it is vocally demanding of its leading singers, and those who play members of the Donati family music be completely coordinated with one another for long periods of time. In this way, the family acts as one large, nearly farcical character.

“We’re lucky at CCM to have students with the musical training to negotiate the complicated ensembles and the physical and mental stamina to execute precise comedic timing, often running around the stage at full speed — literally like chickens at one moment,” Hager says.

“The cast has been so supportive of each other, and they have been coming to rehearsal with a complete willingness to play. For me, that’s the essential ingredient to creating a Gianni Schicchi that is funny, moving and perhaps even a bit profound.”

Suor Angelica will last 1 hour and will be followed by a 15-minute intermission. Gianni Schicchi will last 1 hour.
____________________

Creative Team:

  • Mark Gibson, conductor
  • Meredith Kitz, director (Suor Angelica)*
  • Andreas Hager, director (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Theron Wineinger, scenic designer*
  • Oliver Tidwell Littleton, lighting designer*
  • Rin Marie Schwob, hair and make-up designer*
  • Sidney Martin, props master*
  • Hankyu Lee, sound designer*
  • Chelsea D. Taylor, stage manager (Suor Angelica)*
  • Margo Leist, stage manager (Gianni Schicchi)*
  • Ashley Trujilo, costume designer*
  • Marie-France Lefebvre, musical preparation

*CCM student

Cast Lists:
SUOR ANGELICA

  • Caitlin Gotimer*, Nicolette Book^ as Sister Angelica
  • Amber Fasquelle*, Karis Tucker^ as The Princess
  • Brenda Iglesias-Zarco as The Abbess
  • Briana Moynihan as The Monitress
  • Mia Athey as The Mistress of the Novices
  • Claire Lopatka*, Allison Anderson^ as Sister Genovieffa
  • Hannah Consenz as Sister Osmina
  • Madeline Jentsch as Sister Dolcina
  • Rebecca Printz as The Nursing Sister
  • Amber R. Monroe as Alms Sister 1
  • Victoria Okafor as Alms Sister 2
  • Amanda Olea as Novice
  • Yewoon Yeon as Lay Sister 1
  • Natalie Sheppard as Lay Sister 2
  • Mercer May Barton as Griffin

GIANNI SCHICCHI

  • Jonathan Stinson*, Samson McCrady^ as Gianni Schicchi
  • Teresa Perrotta*, Lisa Rogali^ as Lauretta
  • Brandon Scott Russell*, Chandler Johnson^ as Rinuccio
  • Rebecca Printz*, Abigail Hoyt^ as Zita
  • Dongwhi (Tony) Baek*, Tyler Jonson^ as Gherardo
  • Murrella Parton*, Amy Joy Stephens^ as Nella
  • Daniel Roger Lefebvre Chaitkin as Gherardino
  • John Siarris*, Antonio Cruz^ as Betto di Signa
  • Michael Hyatt as Simone
  • Zane Hill as Marco
  • Briana Moynihan as La Ciesca
  • Antonio Cruz*, John Siarris^ as Maestro Spinelloccio
  • Miles Wilson-Toliver as Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Joshua Cook as Pinellino
  • De’Ron McDaniel as Guccio

* Thursday, March 22 & Saturday, March 24
^ Friday, March 23 & Sunday, March 25

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22
  • 8 p.m. Friday, March 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Location
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $31-35 for adults, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Student rush tickets will be sold one hour before each performance to non-UC students for $12 or $15, based on availability. UC students can receive one free student rush ticket with a valid ID, based on availability.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/gianni-schicchi-suor-angelica.

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 uc.edu/parking for more 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.
____________________

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s
Opera Department Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Edward S. Rosenthal
Opera Production Sponsor: Genevieve Smith
____________________

Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

CCM News Student Salutes

Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with an Afternoon of Music and Memories at CCM

Student and faculty artists from CCM’s music and theatre arts programs present a concert of great works about love on Sunday, Feb. 18 — just in time for Valentine’s weekend.

Student and faculty artists from CCM’s music and theatre arts programs present a concert of great works about love on Sunday, Feb. 18 — just in time for Valentine’s weekend.

CCM’s Acting, Choral, Dance, Jazz, Opera, Orchestra, Piano and Winds departments unite for a special concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, in Corbett Auditorium. Dubbed “Con Amore,” this unique program features excerpts from iconic works by Ravel, Shakespeare, Brahms, Puccini and more!

Repertoire
RAVEL: Bolero; featuring dancers from CCM’s Ballet Ensemble and the CCM Concert Orchestra

SHAKESPEARE: Romeo and Juliet (excerpt); featuring performers from CCM’s Acting program

BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes; featuring the CCM Chorale

VARIOUS: Love Songs; featuring CCM Jazz musicians performing with the Art Blakey Ensemble

MOBBERLEY: Words of Love; featuring the CCM Wind Orchestra with soprano Yewon Yoon

RAVEL: La Valse; featuring husband-and-wife pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank

PUCCINI: “Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso” from La Rondine; featuring the CCM Concert Orchestra and singers Amber Monroe, Claire Lopatka, Brandon Russell and Robert Stahley

Presented as part of CCM’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, Con Amore will spotlight 150 years of love stories during one unforgettable afternoon of music and memories.

Performance Time
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18

Location
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID. Free UC student tickets available beginning Feb. 8.

Single tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online though out e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice 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 uc.edu/parking for more 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.

____________________

CCM presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Foundation

CCM Alumni Applause CCM News Faculty Fanfare Student Salutes
CCM's renowned Philharmonia Orchestra.

CCM Philharmonia Begins Exciting Trek Through the ‘Great Decade’ This Friday, Sept. 4

The acclaimed CCM Philharmonia begins its 2015­–16 season at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, with a performance that will inaugurate the orchestra’s adventure through what CCM Professor Mark Gibson has dubbed the “Great Decade.”

CCM's 2015-16 Orchestra Series.The period in question – ranging from 1900 through 1909 – is noteworthy due to the explosion of cutting edge compositional techniques and modernist composers that would completely reshape the musical landscape.

In place of the homogeny that defined previous eras such as the Classical and Romantic periods, art music at the dawn of the 20th century saw the emergence of composers with very distinct, individual voices, as well as established composers evolving in new, creative ways.

“This particular period of time may be the outstanding symphonic decade in all of western classical music,” explains Gibson, the head of CCM’s Department of Orchestral Studies and music director for the CCM Philharmonia. “From an orchestral standpoint, CCM has never had a more exciting season.”

The CCM Philharmonia’s season-opening concert on Friday, Sept. 4, focuses on composers from Russia and Austria, giving the audience a taste of these new tracts in classical music.

Igor Stravinsky, often considered the father of both Primitivism (The Rite of Spring) and Neoclassicism (Pulcinella), is represented with one of his earliest works: the orchestral suite Fireworks.

Arnold Schoenberg is also showcased with his Five Orchestral Pieces, a highly chromatic work that can be seen as a gateway into his revolutionary work with atonality (Pierrot Lunaire) and 12-tone technique (Variations for Orchestra).

Finally, the concert ends with the rich orchestral colors of famed pianist/composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 28, a work that represents the transition from the previous Romantic era to a new and different world.

This special concert event also opens with an added treat: cellists from the Cincinnati Young Artists (CYA) program will join the CCM Philharmonia in a special version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” arranged by Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition Miguel Roig-Francolí. The arrangement, written for 50 cellos, represents the 50 states.

This same rendition of the national anthem will also be performed the following evening (7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5), as UC President Santa J. Ono joins musicians from both CCM and the CYA on cello to perform the work at the inauguration of the newly renovated Nippert Stadium prior to the Bearcats’ football home opener against Alabama A&M. You can learn more about this performance by visiting uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=22149.

The CCM Philharmonia’s Sept. 4 performance gives a small glimpse of what is to come during this season’s celebration of the “Great Decade.” Learn more about this four-concert adventure below!
____________________

THE GREAT DECADE (1900–1909): A SEASON OF EXPLORATION

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4
WORKS FROM RUSSIA AND AUSTRIA
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
STRAVINSKY: Fireworks
SCHOENBERG: Five Orchestral Pieces
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 28

Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

____

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2
WORKS FROM ITALY AND ENGLAND
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
RAVEL: Alborada del Grazioso
PUCCINI: Duetto: “Bimba, bimba non piangere” (from Madama Butterfly)
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 55
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

____

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 7
CCM Philharmonia
Mark Gibson, music director
Ulrich Nicolai, guest conductor
MOZART: Piano concerto TBA
Feat. the winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition
MAHLER: Symphony No. 7
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

____

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
RICHARD STRAUSS’ SALOME
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artists Amy Johnson, Kenneth Shaw and Tom Baresel, along with several student soloists
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Robin Guarino, stage director
The capstone of CCM’s festival celebrating the “Great Decade,” Richard Strauss’ 1905 masterpiece Salome represents the epitome of pre-World War I decadence, opulence and extravagance. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s controversial stage work of the same name, this staging is an hour and a half of irresistible drama and ecstatic hyper-romanticism. It is a must see for opera fans, theatre enthusiasts and lovers of massive orchestral sound.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.

____________________

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office!

Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice 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 UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more 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.

____________________

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Community Partner: ArtsWave

Orchestral Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn
____________________

A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at ccm.uc.edu.

CCM News

CCM Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Verdi’s Birth With Performances of ‘Requiem’

Photography by Dottie Stover.

Photography by Dottie Stover.

CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Chorale will present a rare two-evening run of Giuseppi Verdi’s Requiem at 8 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, in UC’s Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

CCM mounts these performances in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth, which will be Oct. 10, 2013. Huge choral and orchestral forces come together for this highlight of the 2013 CCM Orchestra Series, with choirs prepared by Earl Rivers, director of Choral Studies, and Brett Scott, Choral Studies faculty member, as well as performances led by Maestro Mark Gibson, director of Orchestral Studies and of the CCM Philharmonia.

Soloists for both performances include:

CCM Alumni Applause CCM News

Star-Studded Jazz Series Continues This Week At CCM

Earlier this week on her Arts in Focus blog, the Enquirer‘s Janelle Gelfand recapped Cincinnati native Fred Hersch’s intimate recital at CCM, performed before a packed house in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Jazz’s spring concert series continues at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 8, as Grammy Award-winner Bob Belden and Grammy-nominee Tim Hagans join CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra to present Belden’s acclaimed masterpiece Black Dahlia.

CCM News

CCM Celebrates Modern Jazz Legends

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The CCM Department of Jazz Studies will kick off its spring concert series with a pair of exciting and star-studded collaborative concerts. On Sunday, April 1, CCM’s Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazztet will be joined by Cincinnati-native and three-time Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch for an intimate night of beautiful music.

The Jazz Ensemble will then join forces with CCM’s Philharmonia Orchestra and award-winning arranger and composer Bob Belden to present his celebrated work Black Dahlia in its entirety on Sunday, April 8Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM News

Musical America Names CCM Student as ‘New Artist of the Month’ for March 2012

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li with Mark Gibson and the CCM Philharmonia.

Congratulations to first-year Artist Diploma candidate Yi Li for being named “New Artist of the Month” by Musical America! Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent with an in-depth profile. You can view Li’s profile here.

CCM News Student Salutes

Cincinnati’s Classical Stars of Tomorrow Perform in November Concert

The Starling Chamber Orchestra will begin its 2011-2012 concert series at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. This free performance will showcase the versatile pre-college string players as soloists, chamber musicians and as members of the orchestra.

CCM News