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


CCM presents a series of breathtaking operas, masterful musicals, delightful dramas and one timeless ballet as part of an unforgettable 2013-14 season.

Date: 4/8/2013 8:00:00 AM
By: Curt Whitacre
Phone: (513) 556-2683
Photos By: Mark Lyons

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Highlights of CCM's 2012-13 Mainstage Series included Kurt Weill's 'Street Scene.'

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce details for the 2013-14 Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

The 2013-14 Mainstage Series features both classic and contemporary masterworks for the stage, including Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning The Crucible, the masterful comic opera Don Pasquale and an extended run of the musical that swept the world: Les Misérables.

CCM’s student and faculty artists also bring two classics of the screen to life – with Mainstage productions of Singin’ in the Rain and Owen Wingrave. Plus, guest artist D. Lynn Meyers directs CCM’s stars of tomorrow in the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning Metamorphoses.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of CCM’s Dance program, the 2013-14 Mainstage Series also includes a lavish production of the beloved romantic ballet Giselle.

This year’s must-see Mainstage Series features seven fully staged works guaranteed to fill audiences with delight, with performances scheduled from Oct. 2, 2013, through April 19, 2014. All performances take place in the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Production and ticketing details are below. Priority subscription packages go on sale May 2013. Single tickets become available in August, but subscribing is the only way to guarantee your seats for these must-see shows!

Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/subscribe.html to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

Additional Information
Titles and dates are subject to change—rights pending. To order subscriptions, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183. For additional information, visit ccm.uc.edu, email boxoff@uc.edu or call the Box Office.
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CCM 2013-14 MAINSTAGE SERIES
Opera, Musical Theatre, Drama, Dance


The Crucible
Written by Arthur Miller
Richard E. Hess, director


1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. A polarized society wrestles with good and evil in this taut American masterpiece by Arthur Miller. When every action is fraught with life-or-death consequences, what guides us? Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, The Crucible has become a central work in the canon of American drama.

Performance Dates: Oct. 2 (preview), Oct. 3–6, 2013
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Singin’ in the Rain
Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Based the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film
Diane Lala, director
Roger Grodsky, musical director
Patti James and Diane Lala, choreographers


One of the most-loved and celebrated MGM film musicals, Singin’ in the Rain comes to the CCM stage in a joyous, graceful and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation. Set in 1927, the musical satirizes the panic surrounding the transition from the “Silents” to the “Talkies” as the revolution in sound sweeps through the Hollywood dream factory. With great songs, lots of flashbacks and buckets and buckets of rain, the musical showers you with good old-fashioned entertainment. The glorious score includes such standards as “Good Morning,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” “You Are My Lucky Star” and the legendary “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Performance Dates: Oct. 31–Nov. 3, 2013
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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Owen Wingrave
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper
Based on the short story by Henry James
Johannes Muller-Stosch, conductor
Kenneth Shaw, director


Commissioned by the BBC in 1966 and based on the Henry James short story of the same name, Benjamin Britten completed this two-act opera for television in August of 1970. Owen Wingrave is a pacifist born into a renowned military family. As he struggles to keep the affection of his would-be bride, he must face disapproval from his family over his beliefs and prove his inner strength – even if it leads to his own mysterious end. Sung in English with supertitles.

Performance Dates:
Nov. 21–24, 2013
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Metamorphoses
Written by Mary Zimmerman
Based on a translation of the classic Ovid poem by David R. Slavitt
D. Lynn Meyers, director


From a simple, rippling pool of water, Metamorphoses conjures Ovid’s myths into gorgeous theatrical imagery, provocative moments and magic. The winner of two Drama Desk Awards and one Tony Award after its 2002 Broadway run, this entrancing series of vignettes offers breathtaking storytelling and an escape from the ordinary that dares to brush with the divine. For mature audiences.

Performance Dates: Feb. 5 (preview), Feb. 6–9, 2014
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English libretto by Herbert Kretzmer
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Aubrey Berg, director
Steve Goers, musical director


Based upon the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is one of the world’s most popular musicals, seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries. Set in France in the early 19th century, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean and his quest for salvation after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister’s child. Relentlessly tracked and hounded by police inspector Javert, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a student revolution, as a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade. With a score by Claude-Michel Schönberg that has risen to pop-culture status and an Oscar-nominated film version, Hugo’s saga of one man’s lifelong quest for redemption can still sweep a theater audience off its feet.

Performance Dates: Feb. 26 (preview), Feb. 27–March 2, March 4–9, 2014
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Don Pasquale
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Giovanni Ruffini
Mark Gibson, conductor
Omer Ben Seadia, director


Donizetti’s comedic masterpiece Don Pasquale has thrilled audiences since its 1843 premiere. The old, slow-witted and haughty Don Pasquale tries to arrange a marriage for his nephew Ernesto and a series of hilarious twists and turns ensues. Can Ernesto find a way to marry his true love while managing to keep his claim to his uncle’s large inheritance? Find out in this beloved opera buffa! Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Performance Dates: April 3-6, 2014
Location: Patricia Corbett Theater
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Giselle
Composed by Adolphe Adam
Choreography by Jean Corralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Jiang Qi, director
Conductor TBA


Presented in celebration of the 50th anniversary of CCM Dance, Giselle is the quintessential romantic ballet, continuing to stir the emotions of audiences of all ages. The story is based on the German legend about Wilis, female spirits who, jilted before their wedding day, rise from their graves at night and seek revenge upon men by dancing them to death. The noble Duke Albrecht disguises himself to woo the beautiful peasant girl, Giselle, but his deceit ultimately causes her untimely death. Still, it is Giselle’s undying love that saves Albrecht from a terrible fate, proving love’s triumph over treachery and death.

Performance Dates: April 17-19, 2014
Location: Corbett Auditorium
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Mainstage Series Subscriptions
The 2013-14 CCM Mainstage Series of opera, musical theatre and drama productions includes subscription packages for six-show, four-show and three-show combinations. New for 2013-14, subscribers also have the ability to add the Mainstage Series production of Giselle to any subscription package for just $20.

Priority subscription packages go on sale in May 2013. Subscription renewal information will be sent to current subscribers during the month of April.

Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/subscribe.html to register for CCM’s mailing list, and the Box Office will provide you with additional information on this year’s subscription options.

New subscriptions will become available this summer. CCM’s customizable subscription packages range in price from $84 - $180.

Concert Series Options
CCM also offers dozens of chamber music, choral, jazz, orchestra, wind ensemble and guest-artist concerts each year. CCM’s Mainstage subscribers receive priority access to Ariel Quartet subscription packages, CCM Concert Series flex ticket packages, prepaid parking and other exclusive perks.

Full programming and package details for CCM’s 2013-14 Concert Series will be announced in April. Visit ccm.uc.edu for more information.

Additional Information
Titles and dates subject to change—rights pending. To order subscriptions, contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183. Priority subscription packages go on sale in May, 2013. For additional information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the Box Office.

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

CCM Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s

Community Partner: ArtsWave