Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Semi-finalists: STAGE DIRECTORS (opera)—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021

The American Prize wishes everyone safety and health during this difficult time. 

CNR in "The Life of Reilly"
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David Volosin Katz, chief judge, is pleased to announce NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST stage directors for 2021 in the OPERA division—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize. Congratulations!

As the contests unfold, finalists, runners-up and winners will be selected from these lists. To know the exact date when finalists will be announced, please like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter #AmericanPrize, where that information will be published first.

Charles Nelson Reilly was a Tony Award-winning actor and Broadway stage director, and an acclaimed opera director and teacher. Far more than the zany television personality by which he was most often identified, Reilly nurtured the creation of a whole series of unique one-person stage plays. Most famously, he directed Julie Harris in her Tony Award-winning star turn in "The Belle of Amherst", on the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson. Among Reilly's many Broadway directing credits were Ira Levinʼs "Break a Leg", Larry Shueʼs "The Nerd", and the revival of "The Gin Game", starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, for which Mr. Reilly was the sole American director to be nominated for a Tony in 1997. Mr. Reillyʼs career as an opera director included productions for Chicago Opera Theater, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Toledo Opera, Milwaukee Opera and Opera Pacific. Charles Nelson Reilly and The American Prize chief judge David Katz were friends for three decades, first meeting through their mutual Hartford voice teacher, Mrs. Friedrich Schorr. Mr. Reilly served as honorary chairperson of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice from the competition's founding in 1990, until his death. To read more about the career of Charles Nelson Reilly, .

All contestants are reminded they are responsible for the viability of their online links to audition materials. Those links must remain active until the end of the contest year. Questions, or to make us aware of any misprints in the listings below, please email: theamericanprize@gmail.com 

Please make us aware of any misprints in the listings below by emailing: theamericanprize@gmail.com

We invite semi-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. A sample announcement may be found at the end of the post.
  

NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021, professional opera division

Rachel M. Harris                 

Heartland Opera Theatre                                     

Joplin MO            

Suor Angelica                                                                                      


Josh Miller                 

St. Petersburg Opera                                        

St. Petersburg  FL            

Gianni Schicchi                                                                                    


Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn           

Springfield Regional Opera                                  

Springfield  MO            

La Serva Padrona




NATIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS: The American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2021, college/university opera division
(Assuming enough applicants in the categories, the college/university division will be divided in the final round into two: "smaller program" and "larger program." Directors will be contacted to confirm their ensemble's placement.—DK)

Belinda Andrews-Smith 

Denison University

Granville OH

The Pirates of Penzance  


Margaret Astrup  

Western Connecticut State University  

Danbury CT

The Tender Land 


Melinda Brou 

Texas A&M University- Kingsville 

Kingsville TX

Cinderella—Viardot


Marc Callahan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  

Chapel Hill  NC

Il Sogno di Scipione—Mozart


Ellen Denham  

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi  TX

Midsummer Night's Music—Purcell/Shakespeare/Denham  


Tracelyn Gesteland  

University of South Dakota Opera 

Vermillion SD

Cendrillon


Melanie Helton  

Michigan State University Opera Theatre  

East Lansing MI

Orpheus in the Underworld


Kerry Jennings

DePauw University 

Greencastle  IN

Cendrillon


Darren P.  Lawson  

Bob Jones University 

Greenville SC

Cosi fan Tutte  


Stella Markou  

University of Missouri-St. Louis  

St. Louis MO

The Pirates of Penzance  


Stella Markou  

University of Missouri-St. Louis  

St. Louis MO

The Medium


Dugg McDonough  

Louisiana State University 

Baton Rouge  LA

Two Remain (Out of Darkness)—Heggie


Brandon McShaffrey 

Temple University 

Philadelphia PA

L'elisir d’amore


Samuel Mungo

Peabody Institute 

Baltimore MD

The Falling and the Rising—Redler


David Ronis

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Madison WI

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Scott Skiba

Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music  

Berea  OH

Pelleas and Melisande


Madeleine  Snow

Harvard College Opera

Cambridge MA

Die Zauberflöte 


Jacque Trussel 

Purchase Opera, State University of NY P

urchase  NY

Dido & Aeneas


Copeland Woodruff

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Appleton  WI

The Marriage of Figaro


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We invite semi-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 semi-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 finalists in my division soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: www.theamericanprize.org or follow the news on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-American-Prize-celebrating-American-excellence-in-the-arts/214320622728 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanprize "

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

Congratulations to all semi-finalists.

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