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The American Prize in Opera Performance
The American Prize winner:
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY for "Dido and Aeneas"
Rebecca Renfro Grimes, director
|Sam Houston State University|
SHSU Opera is a 25-member collegiate performing group comprised entirely of undergraduate singers. The focus of this ensemble is to provide performance training for young musicians who wish to pursue opera studies after their undergraduate career. SHSU Opera’s performance schedule includes one scenes program, one full production, and one summer intensive each year. In addition, this group represents the SHSU School of Music in various outreach events for the university. SHSU Opera was selected as a finalist in the National Opera Association Scenes Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This ensemble was also the second prize winner in the 2012 NOA Opera Production competition, for their production of Opera Incognito, an opera scenes program that integrated Film Noir into the opera performance. SHSU Opera performs under the artistic direction of Rebecca Renfro Grimes.
Among judges' comments: "This is an absolutely wonderful production with a terrific set, superb instrumental playing, beautiful singing, and skillful stage direction."
OPERA THEATRE of YALE COLLEGE
for "The Marriage of Figaro"
Beau Gabriel, director
New Haven CT
|Opera Theatre of Yale College|
Among judges' comments: "...the singing from this young cast was quite good; music was prepared well..."
UNIVERSITY of PUGET SOUND OPERA THEATRE
for "The Pirates of Penzance"
Dawn Padula, director
|University of Puget Sound Opera Theatre|
Among judges' comments: "What a rollicking good time these young singers had in this entertaining production! "