CCM Alumnus Receives Prestigious Award from Solti Foundation

Alumnus Stefano Sarzani (CCM 2012-2013) is one of eight recipients of the 2018 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, a grant prize given to help up-and-coming conductors to further their careers.

Stefano Sarzani.

Now in its 14th year of assisting outstanding young conductors, the Solti Foundation U.S. has awarded more than $500,000 in grants and is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.

Sarzani recently worked at the Lyric Opera of Chicago through the Solti Foundation U.S.’ opera residency program; he returns this fall as an Assistant Conductor and member of the music staff. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Des Moines Metro Opera where, he conducted a production of Maria de Buenos Aires. His upcoming engagements include assisting at OperaMaine, and guesting with Symphony New Hampshire. Past guesting engagements include Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo (Italy), Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra (CO), University of Memphis Opera and Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy. He has also collaborated with Atlanta Opera, Sarasota Opera, Den Jyske Opera (Denmark) and Opera National de Lorraine (France). In addition to the 2018 Career Assistance Award, Sarzani is also the recipient of a 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, and 2nd prize in The American Prize 2012.

Lidiya Yankovskaya, who previously participated in CCM’s summer Opera Bootcamp program, also received the 2018 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.

Learn more about the Solit Foundation at soltifoundation.us.

CCM Opera Bootcamp is three-week summer program designed to develop career skills for conductors, singers and collaborative pianists/opera coaches. This year’s Opera Bootcamp culminates this week with three free performances at CCM. More information is below:

7 p.m. Thursday, July 26
• CCM Summer Opera Bootcamp •
MOZART SCENES AND ARIAS
CCM’s Opera Bootcamp 2018 has attracted a talented pool of conductors, singers and pianists from across the country and abroad who will work intensely for three weeks immersed in the craft of opera. They will present scenes from popular Mozart operas. These workshop-style performances are fully staged with orchestra.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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7 p.m. Friday, July 27
• CCM Summer Opera Bootcamp •
FRENCH DOUBLE BILL: Le pauvre Matelot and L’lle de Tulipatan
CCM’s Opera Bootcamp 2018 will present fully staged performances of Milhaud’s Le pauvre Matelot and Offenbach’s L’lle de Tulipatan featuring singers, conductors and pianists from around the country and around the globe. These workshop style performances will be fully staged with orchestra.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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4 p.m. Sunday, July 29
• CCM Summer Opera Bootcamp •
DON PASQUALE
Featuring Vernon Hartman and student conductors and performers from CCM Summer’s Opera Bootcamp
Mark Gibson and Amy Johnson, artistic directors
CCM’s Opera Bootcamp presents Donizetti’s comedic love story “Don Pasquale”. Opera Bootcamp has attracted a talented pool of conductors, singers and pianists from across the country and around the globe who will work intensely for three weeks immersed in the craft of preparing an opera. This workshop style performance will be fully staged with orchestra.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Admission: FREE

Learn more about CCM Summer’s Opera Bootcamp at ccm.uc.edu/opera-bootcamp.

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CCM Conducting Alumni Receive Prestigious Award from the Solti Foundation

We are honored to announce that two conducting alumni of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) were among 11 musicians recently announced as recipients of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, a grant prize given to help up-and-coming conductors further their careers.

Christopher G. Allen (MM Orchestral Conducting, 2011) and Stefano Sarzani (CCM 2012-2013) join a group of only 46 conductors to receive this award since it was founded by the Solti Foundation in 2004. As the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young composers, the Solti Foundation is currently the only American organization to grant such awards annually.

Christopher Allen.

Christopher Allen.

Both alumni are in high demand worldwide. Allen, who is currently the John L. Margo Resident Conductor for the Cincinnati Opera, is also the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera. His conducting credits include Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Santa Barbara Montana’s Intermountain Opera and South Korea’s Daegu Opera House and the Atlanta Symphony. Along with the Solti prize, Allen was nominated as a finalist for the 2015 International Opera awards in London in the “Newcomer” category.

Stefano Sarzani.

Stefano Sarzani.

Sarzani was recently been appointed Associate Conductor of the Des Moines Metro Opera for their Summer 2016 season. His collaborations include the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra of Colorado, Atlanta and Sarasota Operas, and numerous orchestras in Italy including Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana. A recent finalist for the New World Symphony’s 2015-16 conducting fellowship, he is also highly decorated from numerous competitions, most notably taking second prize in The American Prize competition in 2012.Please join us in congratulating these gifted young conductors on their accomplishment!

Please join us in congratulating these gifted young conductors on their accomplishment!

About the Solti Foundation U.S.

Now in its twelfth year of assisting outstanding young U.S. conductors to further develop their talent and careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. is the foremost organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to helping young conductors.

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of Sir Georg Solti by lending significant support to career-ready young American musicians, in 2004, the Foundation concentrated the focus of its award program to exclusively assist talented young American conductors early in their professional careers.

The Foundation endeavors to seek out those musicians who have chosen to follow a path similar to that followed by Sir Georg himself. In keeping with the spirit of Sir Georg’s active approach to his career, young conductors must apply to be considered for the awards.

While dedicated to identifying and assisting young conductors early on, the Foundation is also concerned with the long-term development of its award recipients, continuing to offer support and maintaining a constant interest in their growth and achievements.

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Story by CCM graduate Kevin Norton (DMA Saxophone, 2015)

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CCM Announces Spring 2014 Calendar of Major Events

Download CCM's Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

Download CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

UPDATED March 7, 2014: CCM is delighted to announce its spring 2014 schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 150 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 18, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

Highlights of CCM’s spring concert series include the return of Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 17, the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle running Jan. 23 – March 29, a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle by guest artists Gerald Finley and Julius Drake on Feb. 5, the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival running Feb. 6 – 11, the 17th annual PRISM concert on Feb. 23, a performance of John Adams’ El Niño on March 2 and a celebration of the music of jazz legend Thelonius Monk on March 9.

CCM’s Mainstage Series also continues in early 2014 with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by guest artist D. Lynn Meyers, running Feb. 5 – 9; the CCM debut of the iconic musical Les Misérables, running Feb. 27 – March 9;  Donizett’s comedic opera Don Pasquale, running April 3–6; and the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle, running April 17–19.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media-arts events by referring to the list below. You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet here.

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CCM’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ Hailed As ‘Breathtaking,’ ‘Immaculate’ and a ‘Triumph’ By Critics!

CCM's Mainstage Series production of Benjamin Britten's OWEN WINGRAVE runs Nov. 21 - 24 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photography by Mark Lyons.

CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Benjamin Britten’s OWEN WINGRAVE runs Nov. 21 – 24 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Photography by Mark Lyons.

The critics are still talking about CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Benjamin Britten’s rarely-seen opera Owen Wingrave!

Janelle Gelfand calls the production “breathtaking” in her review for the Cincinnati Enquirer and suggests that CCM’s mounting “brought clarity to an opera that has been nearly forgotten since its debut on British television in 1971.” Read the full review here.

Mary Ellyn Hutton calls the production a “triumph” in her Music In Cincinnati review, declaring, “The production was by all measures outstanding, one which enveloped the listener like few in recent memory in Cincinnati.” Read the full review here.

Rafael de Acha calls the production “immaculate” in his Music for All Seasons review, observing that CCM has “mounted a strong, streamlined, subtle, sober and somber production, lit by the bright performances of a youthful troupe.” Read the full review here.

If you missed out on this gem of a production, then mark your calendars now for early 2014. CCM’s Studio Opera series presents a FREE production of Chabrier’s L’étoile from Feb. 14 – 16, conducted by Stefano Sarzani with stage direction by Robin Guarino.

CCM’s Mainstage Series also resumes in February with Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by guest artist D. Lynn Meyers, followed by the iconic musical  Les Misérables! Tickets to these and dozens of other performances are on sale now!

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CCM Announces 2013-14 Studio Series of Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance

CCM's 2013-14 Studio Series includes a production of 'Boeing Boeing' presented by the Carnegie and CCM Drama this November.

CCM’s 2013-14 Studio Series includes a production of ‘Boeing Boeing’ presented by the Carnegie and CCM Drama this November.

CCM is pleased to announce details for its 2013-14 Studio Series of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

This season’s Studio Series includes eight exciting productions showcasing CCM’s rising stars. The series opens in October with the newly re-imagined musical adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie and concludes in April with the irreverent Shakespearean/zombie mash-up Living Dead in Denmark.

This season’s series includes a revival of the Tony Award-winning comedy classic Boeing Boeing produced in collaboration with the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center and a public reading of the new American opera Fellow Travelers, produced in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera as part of the Opera Fusion program.

Always innovative, CCM’s 2013-14 Studio Series also includes the annual TRANSMIGRATION Festival of student-created new dramatic works and annual student choreographer’s dance showcase. Emmanuel Chabrier’s effervescent opéra bouffe L’étoileand the Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee round out this year’s Studio Series.

Tickets and Parking Information
With free admission and limited seating for the six CCM-hosted productions in this series, the Studio Series remains one of the hottest tickets in town. All Studio Series performances held at CCM are free and open to the general public, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made the week of each show by visiting the CCM Box Office in UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts or by calling 513-556-4183.

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 directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.

Please see the individual listings below for Boeing Boeing and Fellow Travelers ticketing details.

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CCM Presents the Ever-Romantic Opérette ‘Doctor Miracle’ Feb. 15 – 17

Photography by Nikolas Robalino.

Photography by Nikolas Robalino.

CCM proudly presents Le docteur Miracle (Doctor Miracle, 1875) as the next installment in the Opera Department’s award-winning Studio Series. Composed by Georges Bizet with libretto by Léon Battu and Ludovic Halévy, this delightful opérette runs Feb. 15–17 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission to Le docteur Miracle is free, but reservations are required. The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles.

Based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s play Saint Patrick’s DayLe docteur Miracle is one of Bizet’s earliest operas, featuring some of his liveliest music. Conducted by Stefano Sarzani with stage direction by Omer Ben-SeadiaLe docteur Miracle is a charming operatic comedy – a love story about two young people who overcome all obstacles in order to live happily ever after. “The opera,” Ben-Seadia explains, “is a derivative of Italian commedia dell’arte, which employs the timeless humor of mistaken identity, costume and masks, along with slapstick physical humor.” The farce revolves around the making of an omelet, thought to be poisonous.

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CCM Announces Spring 2013 Calendar of Major Events

CCM's Spring 2013 Calendar of Events.

CCM is delighted to announce its spring schedule of performances. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents more than 100 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 19, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, drama and musical theatre productions.

CCM’s spring semester performance schedule includes the return of Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 18, an evening of motion-picture music featuring acclaimed film composer and distinguished UC alumnus Randy Edelman on Jan. 27, a celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s sacred masterwork Requiem on Feb. 1 and 2, a monumental “Mahler Marathon” on March 2, the Ariel String Quartet’s inaugural season finale on April 9, a guest artist recital by acclaimed tenor Lawrence Brownlee on April 13 and the eighth installment of CCM’s popular Pianopalooza concert on April 21.

Also this spring, CCM’s Division of Electronic Media presents the 10-part Global Lens Film Series (Jan. 14 – April 15), Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrates its 20th anniversary (March 9), the Classical Guitar Department celebrates its 40th anniversary (April 6) and CCM’s year-long Kurt Weill Festival continues with a variety of unique concerts and productions (Feb. 28 – March 12).

Download a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2013 Calendar of Major Events today.

Event Information
All events listed below take place in CCM Village on the campus of the University of Cincinnati unless otherwise indicated. Admission is free to many CCM performances, although some events do require purchased tickets or reservations. Please see individual event information for details and ordering information.

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.

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CCM Contemporary Music Ensemble Presents Works by Renowned Young Composer Nico Muhly

Visiting Composer Nico Muhly.

Visiting Composer Nico Muhly.

CCM’s Café MoMus: Contemporary Music Ensemble presents the music of celebrated composer Nico Muhly at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater. Featuring guest artists Tatiana Berman, violin, and Grant Knox, tenor, the performance is presented in conjunction with the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts. Admission to the concert is free.

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Announcing CCM’s 2012-13 Studio Series of Opera, Musical Theatre and Drama

'Champion' composer and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard.

‘Champion’ composer and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard.

CCM is pleased to announce details for its 2012-13 Studio Series of opera, musical theatre and drama.

The series opens in October with a revival of the comedy-horror-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors and concludes in April with an extended run of the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical Parade, co-produced with the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.

CCM’s 2012-13 Studio Series also includes public workshop performances of two new American operas produced in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera, a pair of socially relevant and emotionally powerful dramas, and a fresh take on one of Georges Bizet’s earliest operas.

Please see the listings below for full production and ticketing details.

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