Complete listings of finalists and semi-finalists in The American Prize competitions may be found elsewhere on this blog. Please use the chronological tool in the right-hand column to find specific results.
QUICKNOTES: Although The American Prize does not usually provide written evaluations to semi-finalists, some semi-finalist composers will receive in their certificate packets short comments, suggestions or overall impressions made during the judging. We hope they will prove valuable. All finalists receive written evaluations from a member of The American Prize judging panel.
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The American Prize in Opera Performance, professional division, 2018-19
The American Prize winner:
Chicago Fringe Opera
Rossa Crean: The Great God Pan
|Chicago Fringe Opera|
Queen City Opera
|Queen City Opera|
Recent projects have combined high-caliber opera with relevant contemporary issues: Their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni featured workshops on sexual assault and consent, and their production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Their performance of Siegfried was the first complete performance of the work in the state of Ohio in over a century. For more information or to see recordings of past productions, visit QueenCityOpera.Org.
Hawaii Performing Arts Festival
Justin John Moniz
|Hawaii Performing Arts Festival|
Special Judges' Citation: "Unusual Repertoire & Free Admission Equals 'One Hot Ticket'"
Chatham Concert Opera
including: Taylor: The King's Henchman
|Chatham Concert Opera|
Chatham Concert Opera currently provides an environment in which professional singers prepare new dramatic roles by learning them in their entirely, and perform them in a concert setting with their colleagues. Operas that have been performed in this manner include – Carmen, Turandot, Il trovatore, The King’s Henchman, Otello, Aida, Don Carlo, La forza del destino, Un ballo in maschera, The Ring, Tristan and Isolde, and Elektra. Upcoming operas will include Simon Boccanegra, Salome, I vespri siciliani, Tannhauser and Wozzeck.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.chathamconcertopera.com/
The American Prize in Opera Performance, college/university division, 2018-19
The American Prize winner:
UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute
Constant/Debussy: Impressions de Pelleas
|UNCSA AJ Fletcher Opera Institute|
The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute is part of the University of North Carolina (UNCSA) School of the Arts. Named for businessman and arts advocate Alfred Johnston Fletcher (1887-1979), the A.J. Fletcher Foundation has supported opera in America for over 50 years, first through the creation of the Grassroots Opera Company in 1948 and subsequently through the productions and educational outreach of the National Opera Company. In order to perpetuate Mr. Fletcher’s vision for opera, the Foundation took the unprecedented step in the spring of 2000 of committing $10 million to establish an Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In September 2001, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation merged its National Opera Company with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music’s graduate opera program, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina School of the to create the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.
Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU
David T. Little: Dog Days
|Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU|
3rd Place (there was a tie):
Arizona State University
Mark Alpizar and Kamna Gupta conductors
Les mamelles de Tiresias
|Arizona State University|
3rd Place: there was a tie):
University of NC Greensboro
|University of NC Greensboro|
Special Judges Citation: "Tremendous energy and infectious spirit in a new, timely opera"
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Tian Hui Ng
South Hadley MA
Bode Omojola: Irin Ajo
|Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra|
The orchestra is particularly proud of its second prize in the 2014 American Prize for Orchestral Programming, and acknowledged for its fine work by grants from the Massachusetts Arts Council, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, National Arts Council of Singapore, the Singapore International Foundation, Women’s Philharmonic and WomenArts in acknowledgement of its creative and engaging programming.
Ìrìn Àjò, an opera composed, written and directed by Five College music professor Bode Omojola, debuted on April 12 and 13 in Chapin Auditorium. The title of the opera is a Yoruba phrase meaning “life’s journey,” which is fitting as the opera details the story of Káyòdé, a Nigerian engineer who leaves his fiancée Ìyábò to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life.
Special Judges' Citation: "Exceptional Production Values in Service to Music and Story"
Le Comte Ory