CCM's Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Receives Glowing Reviews

CCM's Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Production of HANSEL AND GRETEL. Photography by Mark Lyons.

The critics have weighed in with unanimous praise for CCM’s recent production of Hansel and Gretel!

In her review of the fairy tale opera for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand calls the production “magical” and “breathtaking.” She singles out the performance of the CCM Philharmonia, writing that “you could get lost in the glowing orchestral score, so beautifully led by Mark Gibson.”

Mary Ellyn Hutton‘s review for Music in Cincinnati was similarly enthusiastic. “Highlights of the performance were many,” she writes, “One was the prayer scene… where Hansel and Gretel knelt and sang, with snow falling in the background. Another came during the dream pantomime… where the 14 angels, all children, cavorted on an angelic playground, with a swing, a seesaw and bicycles hanging over the stage, as the children looked on.”

Rafael de Acha calls the production a “sweet treat” in his review for Seen and Heard InternationalRobin Guarino sets the story during the Depression in America,” he observes, “but surprisingly, this setting undermines neither the lush Romanticism of the music nor the innocent fairytale story, and the results are nothing but happy.”

Hansel and Gretel concluded its run on Sunday, Nov.  23. CCM’s Opera Season resumes in February with a Studio Series production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea running Feb. 20-22 and a CCM Opera d’arte Series production of Handel’s Alcina running Feb. 27 – March 1.

The season concludes April 9 – 12 with a Mainstage Series production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, conducted by Mark Gibson with stage direction by Robin Guarino.

Last fall, Guarino directed the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Così fan tutte, which also served as James Levine’s highly anticipated return to the Met. In his review of the opera for the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini noted that “Guarino worked with this cast of gifted actors to inflect their characters with telling comic bits and hapless human touches.”

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CCM’s Summer Performance Series Concludes With Operatic Offerings This Weekend

CCM’s Summer Performance Series comes to a close this weekend with a pair of events celebrating the art of opera!

The Opera Studio Summer Workshop presents a free evening of operatic scenes at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8, in the Cohen Family Studio Theater. A select group of talented young singers from around the country will perform under the direction of Metropolitan Opera vet Claudia Catania.

The following night (Aug. 9), CCM’s Discovering Donizetti Summer Workshop presents a semi-staged performance of the beloved L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) with full orchestra. Young conductors Eli Chen, Brian Diller, Yangchunzi Duan, Aresh Ertefai, HyunKyung Jang, Ching-Chun Lai, Erin McCamley, Jonathon Nelson, Marcoantonio Real-d’Arbelles, Rebecca Tong and Kelvin Ying will take turns yielding the baton under the artistic direction of CCM Professor Mark Gibson.

The cast for this production includes:

  • Megan Slack as Giannetta
  • Jordan Stadvec as Adina
  • Chris Bozeka as Nemorino
  • Spencer Reichman as Belcore
  • Cesar Torruella as Dulcamara

Jeffrey Buchman directs. CCM’s Summer Series production of The Elixir of Love begins at 8 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for students. Tickets are available online at here. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for more information!

Learn more about CCM’s Summer Performance Series here.

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