Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker Artists
Left to right: Sarah Hairston & Romel Frometa; Cincinnati Ballet dancers; Rodrigo Almarales & Jacqueline Damico | Photography: Peter Mueller
Frisch's Presents The Nutcracker
Victoria Morgan | Artistic Director & CEO, Choreographer
Ms. Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1997, taking immediate steps to raise the company’s standard of excellence by attracting celebrated dancers, choreographers, and ballet masters to the Ballet from the international dance realm. Her choreography has also brought the company critical acclaim, most recently noted by the success of the 2014 world premiere of King Arthur's Camelot and the 2011 world premiere of her Frisch’s Presents the New Nutcracker. She is on the board of Dance Magazine and Dance/USA, has served on the NEA evaluation panel, and has served as judge for the New York International Ballet Competition and the Benois de la Danse Awards Gala. Ms. Morgan came to Cincinnati Ballet after nearly a decade as resident choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. She was a principal dancer for San Francisco Ballet (1978-1987) and Ballet West (1969-1978). Her repertoire included leading roles in numerous classical and Balanchine ballets, as well as in many modern and contemporary ballets. She performed lead roles for television and film, and her choreography was featured in the PBS documentary, The Creation of O.M.O.
Ms. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with an M.F.A from the University of Utah and was honored as a 2009 Distinguished Alumna. She was also honored as a 2009 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.
Trad A Burns | Resident Lighting Designer
Trad A Burns is a lighting and scenic designer based in Cleveland, his career has spanned theatre, dance, and amusement parks, as well as architectural and retail lighting. Designing over 400 productions during the last two decades, his varied work has been seen around the world. Designs include works for Cincinnati Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet theatre, Houston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Washington Ballet, Spectrum Dance, Ballet Hawaii, Verb Ballets, New York theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), The Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, ValleyFair, Knott's Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida & Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions, and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.
Enjoying his tenth season as the Resident Lighting Designer for Cincinnati Ballet, Trad has been privileged to design two world premieres by Choreographer Adam Hougland, as well as world premiere works by Artistic Director Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, Kirk Peterson, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Donald Byrd, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Sarah Slipper, Luca Veggetti, Viktor Kabaniaev, and Jessica Lang.
Carmon DeLeone | Music Director
Carmon DeLeone, Music Director, is currently celebrating his 45th season with Cincinnati Ballet. The Middletown (OH) Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York's Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois Music Director of the Year. Under Mr. DeLeone's leadership, The Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the Illinois Orchestra of the Year.
As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess & the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes Frevo, Guernica, With Timbrel, Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page's Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.
During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind, and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center.
Maestro DeLeone earned B.M., B.S., and M.M. degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Music Theatre. He has been presented with their Distinguished Alumni Award.
Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York's City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year's series of Family Concerts.
Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati's most prestigious Post-Corbett Award for excellence in the arts and was recently named as A Gentleman Of Style And Substance by Cincinnati Magazine. He lives in Cincinnati (North Avondale) with his wife of 40-plus years, Kathleen.
John Ezell | Scenic Designer
John Ezell is an internationally recognized scenic designer, having designed for such prestigious institutions as the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Cullberg Ballet, the Swedish Riksteater and the Royal Theatre Olympics in Istanbul. His credits also include designs for Broadway, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theatre, the York Theatre, and the Roundabout. He was Artistic Associate of the Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre and Cincinnatii Playhouse as well as the Shakesphere Theatre in Washington, D.C., Olde Globe in San Diego, Asolo Theatre, Lyric Opera, Blackstone Theatre, Second City in Chicago, the historic Market Theatre in Johannesburg and the Hong Kong Repertory, among many others.
He was a designer and art director for CBS, PBS-TV and Swedish State Television and a consultant to the design collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale.
His drawings have been exhibited in galleries internationally. his work has received the award for Experimental television Art in Mila, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence in Prime Time Drama and twelve Critic's Circle awards for best professional sets. John was recognized for contributions to the American Theatre on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Yale Drama School. He is the recipient of Washington University in St. Louis 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award, and he is a fellow of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Carrie Robbins | Costume Designer
Carrie Robbins' costume design credits include more than thirty Broadway shows, among them, Grease, Agnes of God, Yentl, Octette Bridgeclub, Sweet Bird of Youth, Frankenstein, Happy End, Boys of Winter, Cyrano, and White Christmas. Her awards and nominations include two Tony Award nominations , five Drama Desk Awards, Maharam, USITT/Prague International, L.A. Dramalogue, Henry Huges, F.I.T-Surface Design and Audelco. Robbins' Regional work includes M. Butterfly and On the Verge for the Area Stage in D.C., American in Paris for the Alley Theatre in Houston as well as The Tempest and Flea in Her Ear for the Mark Taper Forum.
Her Opera design includes Death in Venice for Glimmerglass, Samson et Delila ( San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand), Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston and Hamburg Staatsoper. In New York City, Robbins has designed many productions for Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, Chelsea Theatre/BAM, Acting Company/Julliard and NY Shakesphere Festival.
Her film and television credits include In The Spirit, Saturday Night Live, and PBS Arts in America. Known for her drawing ability, Robbins' work was featured in the Time-Life-Series- Collectibles and this spring saw the release if the book The Designs of Carrie Robbins.
In 2008-2009, Robbins was co-curator if a ground breaking exhibit "Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance" at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts. Robbins was Master Teacher of Costume Design at NYU Tisch School of the Arts for many years, producing a stream of award-winning young costume designers across the country.