Professor Jacque Trussel, Chair of Voice and Opera at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, was honored by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York at a recent awards ceremony.
He was among 29 men and women from 19 SUNY campuses honored for their achievements in the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, medicine and engineering.
The Research Foundation is a non-profit education corporation that supports education, research and discovery on SUNY campuses.
Professor Trussel has built an award-winning opera studies program at Purchase. He has nurtured an excellent faculty and designed a program that is among the most rigorous and focused in the country. His students are exceptionally well-prepared for the professional world upon completing their studies here.
His contributions to the field reach far beyond his work at the Conservatory of Music, as an adjudicator for important vocal competitions and as a writer for various opera journals on issues relating to performance practice and pedagogy.
For two consecutive years, the annual Purchase Opera productions (Hansel & Gretel; Dialogue of the Carmelites) have won the National Opera Association Best Production Award. Professor Trussel received the 2005 Stage Director of the Year Award from the nationally acclaimed Classical Singer magazine.
Professor Trussel has performed with more than 50 opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, L'Opera de la Bastille, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and others.
He has appeared in concert with numerous symphonies including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. He has staged more than a dozen new productions in the U.S., and made his European directorial debut with a much-heralded production of Strauss's Salome.