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2021-2022 Production Competition Winners

The winners of the 2021-2022 Opera Production Competition have been announced. Due to the vast range of resources available to producing organizations, the entrants are first divided into Undergraduate and Graduate levels (based on predominant age group or training level of the cast) and then each level divided into three divisions according to production size and budget. A total of 17 awards have been given by the judges.


Division I


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
Ordo Virtutum, by Hildegard von Bingen and Allen Anderson & Hildegard von Bingen

Marc Callahan, Director and Designer
Tama Hochbaum, Projection Artist
Allen Anderson, Composer
Kelli Smith-Biwer, Technical Manager

Division II

First Place

University of Alabama:
Thérèse Raquin, by Tobias Picker & Gene Scheer

Paul Houghtaling, Director and Producer
Jamie Reeves, Conductor and Music Director/Coach
Brittany Merenda, Projections Designer
Jacob Olson, Lighting Designer

Second Place

Western Washington University:
Slow Dusk & Suor Angelica, by Carlisle Floyd, and Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano

Heather Dudenbostel, Director
Mark Davies, Music Director/Pianist

Third Place

Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University:
Rinaldo, by George Frideric Handel & Aaron Hill and Giacomo Rossi

Steve Sanders, Stage Director and Scenic Designer
April Golliver-Mohiuddin, General Director
Megan Barth Argo, Music Director/Opera Coach
Thomas Dickey, Conductor 

Division III


University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music:
The Threepenny Opera, by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht

James Haffner, Director
Eric Dudley, Conductor & Music Director
Carl Pantle, Vocal Coach & Asst. Music Director
James Gonzales, Production Manager

Division IV

First Place

Miami University:
Hydrogen Jukebox, by Philip Glass & Allen Ginsberg

Benjamin Smolder, Director, Conductor
Tiffany Lusht, Camera Director
Christina Haan, Vocal Coach
Thomas Hase, Lighting Designer

Second Place

Michigan State University Opera Theatre:
Albert Herring, by Benjamin Britten & Eric Crozier

Melanie Helton, Producer/Director
Katherine Kilburn, Conductor
Kirk Domer, Set Designer

Third Place

Lawrence University Conservatory of Music:
Suor Angelica & Curlew River, by Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano, and, Benjamin Britten & William Plomer

Copeland Woodruff, Director
Kristin Roach, Conductor & Music Director

Honorable Mention

San Jose State University:
La Curandera & Trial by Jury, by Robert Xavier Rodriguez & Mary Medrick, and W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

Sandra Raquel Bengochea, Stage Director
Simona Snitkovskaya, Music Director
Fred Cohen, Conductor

Division V


University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Two Remain (Out of Darkness), by Jake Heggie & Gene Scheer

David Ronis, Director
Oriol Sans, Conductor
Greg Silver, Scenic and Lighting Design
Thomas Kasdorf, Vocal Coach

Division VI

First Place

Moores Opera Center, University of Houston:
The Bartered Bride, by Bedrich Smetana & Karel Sabina

Nicole Kenley-Miller, Director
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Macy Lyne, Costume Designer
Lauren Pastorek, Choreographer

Second Place

University of Florida - School of Music / Opera Theatre:
The Golem of Prague, by Paul Richards & Sidney Homan

Anthony Offerle, Director / Producer
Paul Richards, Composer, Recording Engineer, Audio Editor
James Oliverio, Executive Producer
Darius Brown, Director of Cinematography

Division VII

First Place

University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Sweeney Todd, by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) & Hugh Wheeler (book)

David Ronis, Director
Oriol Sans, Conductor
Hyewon Park, Costume Designer
Thomas Kasdorf, Vocal Coach

Second Place

Eklund Opera at University of Colorado Boulder:
La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi & Francesco Maria Piave

Leigh Holman, Stage Director
Nicholas Carthy, Conductor
Peter Dean Beck, Scenic and Lighting Designer
Ann Piano, Costume Designer

Division VIII

First Place

University of Maryland:
Later the Same Evening, by John Musto & Mark Campbell

Craig Kier, Conductor
David Lefkowich, Director

Second Place (tie)

Turner-Fischer Center for Opera at LSU/Louisiana State University:
Orphée, by Philip Glass & Philip Glass, adaptation based on the film by Jean Cocteau

Dugg McDonough, Artistic Director/Stage Director
Michael Borowitz, Music Director/Conductor

Manhattan School of Music:
Le nozze di Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lorenzo Da Ponte

George Manahan, Conductor
Lawrence Edelson, Director
Frank J. Olivera, Scenic Designer
Coby Chasman-Beck, Lighting Designer