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 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*
- 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
- 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
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.
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Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander
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