VERMILLION, S.D. – Tracelyn Gesteland, DMA, professor of voice/opera and the Walter A. and Lucy Yoshioka Buhler Endowed Chair, was awarded an honorable mention from The American Prize in Opera Stage Direction for her work with USD Opera's “The Consul” by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
Gesteland was one of 15 national finalists.
“I am incredibly honored to have received this recognition, especially for a production that was and will forever be very dear to my heart,” said Gesteland. “I am so proud of our cast, crew and artistic team who rose to the demands of this challenging work and exceeded my expectations.”
The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually.
USD Opera was also selected by The American Prize judges as a national finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in 2019-20 for “The Consul.”