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Purchase Wins National Opera Association Award for its Original Opera

Date Released: 1/13/2011

Purchase Opera received first prize for its world premiere production of "Confession" in the National Opera Association's Chamber Opera Composition Competition. Click for details.

"The award is an extraordinary recognition for the Conservatory of Music," said Suzanne Farrin, Director School of the Arts Conservatory of Music.  "Confession,"  was not only a new production, but also a world premiere of a new opera conceived, designed, built, and performed entirely by Purchase College students and faculty."

The opera was composed by Purchase Classical Composition student Raphael Lucas to a libretto by Jacque Trussel and Margaret Vignola. This was everyone's first attempt at writing an orginal opera.

The first prize award was was made at the National Opera Association's Chamber Opera Composition Competition held at its National Convention in San Antonio, Texas.  This biannual competition to recognize new compositions of chamber operas had over 35 new opera compositions submitted by professional composers and librettists from around the United States.

The award includes a fully staged production of the entire work at next year's convention at the University of Memphis where hundreds of opera companies, music educators, singers, conductors and producers will hear the new work.  Several have already expressed interest in staging it at their respective schools and professional companies.

The composer Raphael Lucas came to Purchase from Southern France to pursue an undergraduate degree in composition and is now a master's student in composition at the Manhattran School of Music.