CCM Opera’s spring 2022 production of "Galileo Galilei" nominated for BroadwayWorld awards
The show is nominated for five awards across four categories; voting is open through Dec. 31
CCM Opera’s spring 2022 production of Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei received five nominations in BroadwayWorld Cincinnati's annual awards for excellence in the region’s performing arts. The awards are determined by audience vote, and the online poll is open through December 31.
Galileo Galilei, which ran March 31-April 3, 2022, has been recognized in five nominations: Best Ensemble, Best Direction of a Musical (Greg Eldridge, Associate Professor of Opera Directing), Best Lighting Design of a Play or Musical (Ian Macintosh, BFA Lighting Design ‘22, and Thomas Hase, MFA Lighting Design) and Best Choreography (Hazel Alexander, BFA Dance ‘24). In addition to Galileo Galilei's BroadwayWorld nominations, CCM Acting's spring 2022 production of The Burials also received a nomination for Best Sound Design of a Play of Musical (Patrick Kiernan, MFA Sound Design and Technology).
The story of Galileo Galilei follows life of the Italian astronomer in reverse order: beginning with him as an old, blind man under house arrest for heresy, and ending with an “opera within the opera” — a performance of an opera by Galilei’s father, Vincenzo Galilei, who was an important composer of the early baroque era. The opera is “a powerful meditation on love and betrayal, and the never-ending tension between religion and scientific inquiry,” wrote Greg Eldridge in his director’s note for CCM’s production. Glass “uses the life of Galileo…to explore the cyclical nature of relationships, and what it costs to stand up for the truth in a time when dogma seeks to stamp out any voice of dissent.” Read a feature story about CCM's Production by Anne Arenstein for CityBeat.
The production’s nominations speak to the excellence of CCM programs involved in the creation of the opera: Theatre Design and Production, Opera and Voice, Dance and Orchestral Studies. “The significance of this work demands a true collaboration across all the fields of artistic endeavor,” says Eldridge. With student performers of all degree levels, led by student designers, choreographers and stage managers, the recognition from BroadwayWorld is a testament to “the full breadth of CCM’s incredible student talent"
View the digital program to learn more about the students involved in mounting CCM's Galileo Galilei.
BroadwayWorld Cincinnati regularly posts news and reviews of Cincinnati’s performing arts scene on their website. To vote for the CCM students and faculty involved in Galileo Galilei and to check out all the categories, visit the online poll.
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Watch "A Voice Like Mine" mini-doc: A behind-the-scenes look at CCM's Voice and Opera programs, featuring bass-baritone John Mburu, MM Voice Performance student. Mburu played Pope Urban VIII /Cardinal Barbarini / Simplicio in Galileo Galilei.
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Featured image at the top: CCM's production of Galileo Galilei. Photos by Mark Lyons.
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