VERMILLION, S.D. – USD Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro" was awarded an honorable mention for the American Prize in Opera Performance on June 21. The American Prize is a series of national competitions that recognizes professional, university-level and community performances.
USD Opera's previous accolades include being awarded second place in opera performance in 2016 and 2013 at the collegiate level, as well as a third place award for collegiate opera production from the National Opera Association in 2012.
The production's artistic team included stage and music director Tracelyn Gesteland, conductor David Holdhusen, technical director and designer Brian Adams and stage manager Josh Rolling.
“It is truly exciting for USD Opera to receive national recognition for the seventh year in a row," Gesteland said. “I am honored and humbled for our opera program and for my work as a director to be included in the company of some major operatic powerhouses across the country. That inclusion speaks highly of our music students and their dedication to their art. I am very proud of all associated with this production.”
In addition, Gesteland was awarded honorable mention in the stage direction category of the American Prize for her direction of "The Marriage of Figaro."
About USD Opera
USD Opera is a multiple national award-winning program. Through the program, training and performance opportunities for students interested in the art of opera are available. Every semester, students enrolled in opera workshop have the opportunity to study and perform operatic literature from the common practice period as well as contemporary lyric theater.