Thursday, January 5, 2017

FINALISTS: Opera Companies

The American Prize is pleased to announce FINALIST opera ensembles for 2016. Congratulations! To know the exact date when winners and runners-up will be announced, please "like" our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

If your ensemble is 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.

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.  

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

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing:

FINALISTS: The American Prize in Opera Performance (opera companies/ensembles)

Finalists are listed by company or ensemble, including the name of the individual (usually a producer, director or conductor) who made the original application, and the production that has advanced to the finals.

University of South Dakota Opera
    Tracelyn Gesteland    Vermillion SD
    Copland—The Tender Land

The University of NC at Greensboro Opera
    David Holley    Greensboro NC
    Poulenc—Dialogues des Carmelites

University of Michigan Opera
    Kathleen Kelly    Ann Arbor MI
    Ravel—L'heure espagnole / Puccini—Gianni Schicchi 

Bob Jones University Opera
    Darren P. Lawson    Greenville SC

FSU Student Opera Society
    Justin John Moniz    Tallahassee FL
    Gilbert & Sullivan—The Mikado

Texas State University Opera
    Samuel Mungo    San Marcos TX
    Mollicone—Lady Bird, First Lady of the Land

Messiah College Opera
    Damian Savarino    Mechanicsburg PA
    Copland—The Tender Land

Conservatory Opera of Music (SUNY—Purchase)
    Jacque Trussel    Purchase NY
    Ward—The Crucible


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! Our ensemble has 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 winners in the 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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