CCM Undergraduate Opera D'Arte presents Offenbach's comical 'Orpheus in the Underworld'

The humorous operetta runs Feb. 4-6, 2022 in CCM's Cohen Family Studio Theater

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music's Undergraduate Opera d’arte presents Orpheus in the Underworld on Feb. 4-6, 2022 in Cohen Family Studio Theater. The production of Jacques Offenbach’s operetta is a satirical retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and his journey to the underworld to save his beloved, Eurydice.

In this version, Orpheus and Eurydice are unhappily married, and he reluctantly travels to the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his estranged wife from her new lover, Pluto. The comical opera features beloved music, including a popular can-can.

“Be prepared to take the evening off from all things serious,” says Amy Johnson, CCM Voice Professor and director of the production. "Because this work is extremely flexible, the artistic and production team encouraged the cast to participate in the entire creative process. Everyone on or behind the stage helped with costume ideas, settings, character choices and dialogue variations."

The CCM Undergraduate Opera d'Arte presents Oprheus in the Underworld Feb. 4-6, 2022, at CCM's Cohen Family Studio Theater. Tickets are available through the CCM Box Office (seating is limited).

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. Based on current conditions, performance venues will be reduced to 50% capacity. All individuals, including audience members and performers, are required to wear facial coverings indoors, following guidelines from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Additional measures may be in place as conditions develop based on guidance from the CDC and UC's physician-led COVID response team. Visit the UC Public Health website and CCM's COVID-19 website for additional information and updates.

Orpheus in the Underworld

Music by Jacques Offenbach 

Adapted by Omari Tau

Libretto by Hector Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy 

 Adapted by Buck Ross

  • Music Director and Conductor Brett Scott
  • Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Gregory Miller*
  • Rehearsal Pianists Soojin Kim, Samuel Martin, Hyewon Shin
  • Director Amy Johnson
  • Choreographer/Movement Coach Susan Moser
  • Producer Kenneth Shaw
  • Faculty Assistance from Stuart Skelton, Elliot Madore 
  • Graduate Assistant and Supertitles Erin Alcorn*
  • Costume Designer Corey Cochran* with Kenneth Shaw
  • Sound Designer Chris Berger*
  • Production Stage Manager Rosie Burns Pavlik* 
  • Props Master Madisen Frazier*

*CCM Student

  • Public Opinion | Reed Demangone, Nia Spalding*
  • Eurydice | Alea Vernon, Lea Nayak*
  • Orpheus | Jarrett Hazelton, Zachary Burnham*
  • Aristeus/Pluto | Andrew Cunningham, Nathan Schludecker*
  • Judges, Goddesses, Love Police | Jadyn Riggs, Torie Davis, Caitlin Chisham, Lauren Albano, Laura Stanell
  • Venus | Maya McGuire, Annie Weible
  • Cupid | Natalia Adame, Victoria Popritkin*
  • Mars | Henry Lunn
  • Jupiter | Emilio Vasquez
  • Diana | Katherine Riederer
  • Juno | Matilda Smoilj
  • Mercury | Grant Shields, Henry Lunn*
  • John Styx | Atticus Rego
  • The Lady Phaedra | As herself
  • Dancers | Delaney Benson, Annalese Fusaro, Nathaniel Jones, Tomi Newman

*Featured in the performance on Sat., Feb. 5

Performance Times

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 


Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM Village 
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for Orpheus in the Underworld at CCM (seating is limited). Single tickets are $10. 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.

Learn about additional ticket options for current CCM students.

Directions and Parking

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Scholarship and Resident Artist Sponsor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 
CSO/CCM Diversity Fellowship Sponsor

The Corbett Endowment at CCM 
Dance Department Sponsor 
All-Steinway School Sponsor

Louise H. & David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc. 
Community Partners

The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation, Ritter & Randolph, LLC, Corporate Counsel 
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ArtsWave: Funding Arts, Fueling Community 
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The Strader Fund at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CCMONSTAGE ONLINE Broadcast Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Carl G. Fischer 
Musical Theatre Department Sponsor

Genevieve Smith 
Opera Production Sponsor

Rafael and Kimberly de Acha 
Opera D’Arte Sponsor

An Anonymous Donor 
Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander 
Mrs. William A. Friedlander 
Dr. Randolph L. Wadsworth 
Judith Schonbach Landgren and Peter Landgren  
Mr. & Mrs. Harry H. Santen 
Elizabeth C.B. & Paul G. Sittenfeld+ 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman 
Dr. & Mrs. Theodore W. Striker 
Mrs. Harry M. Hoffheimer 
Ariel Quartet Sponsors

Jan Rogers 
Willard and Jean Mulford Charitable Fund of the Cambridge Charitable Foundation 
Choral Studies Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hirschhorn 
Orchestral Sponsor

Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation 
Starling Pre-Collegiate Sponsor 
Starling Strings Sponsor

Dr. Timothy E. and Janet L. Johnson 
Thom Miles and Roberta Gary 
Organ Department Sponsors

Louis and Susan Meisel 
Piano Department Sponsor

Richard E. Thornburgh 
Edward Donovan and Cheryl Carter 
Jeff Thomas Catering 
The Castleberry Family 
KMK Law 
Sandra & Stephen Joffe 
Paula Boggs Muething & Brian Muething 
Patti Myers & Alan Flaherty
Trish & Rick Bryan 
Prestige AV & Creative Services 
Graeter’s Ice Cream 
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Event Sponsors

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Jaime Sharp is a master's student studying Vocal Performance at CCM. She serves as the Vice President of the CCM Graduate Student Association and Student Liaison for the CCM DEI Committee. Jaime holds a bachelor's from the University of Michigan.

Additional Contacts

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