Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FINALISTS: opera conductors, 2017-18

The American Prize is pleased to announce 2017-18 FINALIST conductors in opera divisions. Congratulations!

"Fine conductors and productions, each worthy of additional consideration and evaluation."—DK

Runners-up and winners will be selected from this list. To know the exact date when results will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until complete results in the contest are announced officially. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email:

"At The American Prize, there is never a set number of finalists in any category or division. We also try hard to not be about "winners" and "losers," but always seek to encourage excellence, creativity and imagination. That is one reason why we post the following statement with every finalist listing."—DK

If you are not a finalist this year, please remember that the contests are not yet over. The American Prize reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions and Citations for Special Achievement to any contestant, regardless of final placement. TAP has honored a number of semi-finalists and quarter finalists in the past--to recognize a unique talent or focus, unusual repertoire, vital programming or outreach. Citations and Honorable Mentions are usually awarded at the same time as winners and runners-up, but can be presented at any time up to the last winners' announcement of the contest year.
We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on their facebook page, tweeting the news, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—professional opera division, 2017-18

Walter Morales
Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Pittsburgh PA
Julius Caesar—Handel

Maria Sensi Sellner
Resonance Works/Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA

Isaac Selya
Queen City Opera
Cincinnati OH

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—college/university opera division, 2017-18

David Holley
University of NC at Greensboro
Greensboro NC
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Chad Hutchinson
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis MN
Suor Angelica

Matthew Mailman
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City OK
Dark Sisters—Muhly; Our Town—Rorem

Walter Morales
Carnegie Mellon University Opera
Pittsburgh PA
Die Fledermaus

Kirk A. Severtson
The Crane School of Music, SUNY—Potsdam
Potsdam NY
The Tender Land

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Conducting—community opera division, 2017-18

Tiffany Chang
North End Music and Performing Arts Center Opera Project
Boston MA
La Cenerentola

Ezra Donner
University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Ann Arbor MI
The Pirates of Penzance

Ace Edewards
Opera in the Ozarks
Eureka Springs AR
Il Tabarro


We invite finalists to make the most of their selection by announcing it on social media, and including a link to this announcement on their website or blog.

Here is a sample announcement:

"Great News! I've just been selected as a finalist in the (blank) division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here's the link: (copy link here). The American Prize will be announcing results in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter: "

Please feel free to modify or expand this announcement to suit your needs.

Congratulations to all finalists.

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