The National Opera Association (NOA) has once again bestowed the Purchase Opera with first place honors for the spring 2012 production of Cendrillon. The win represents the fourth first-place finish in six years and the ninth award from NOA in the history of Purchase Opera—quite an accomplishment for a program that is merely 12 years old.
Directed by Jacque Trussel, chair of the voice and opera studies program, and conducted by Hugh Murphy, associate professor of music, Jules Massenet's Cendrillon retells the classic fairy tale Cinderella in a four-act opera first performed in Paris in 1899.
"What an exciting time for the college and our department. This award recognizes the outstanding caliber of our productions and the commitment of our distinguished faculty and dedicated students," said Trussel, who also acknowledges the extraordinary effort of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra.
While Purchase Opera remains a production of the Conservatory of Music, its success would not be possible without significant contribution from students in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
"I'm so thrilled that Purchase was again honored by this significant award. The students, faculty, and staff in our Theatre Arts Design/Technology program put their hearts and souls into our annual Purchase Opera productions, and I'm incredibly proud of them. Their intense collaboration with the incredibly talented students and faculty in the Conservatory of Music produced a truly delightful show," remarked Greg Taylor, director of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
The NOA's annual Opera Production competition seeks to encourage and reward creative, high quality opera productions in academia, music conservatories, and outreach and training programs. See the complete list of winners here.
The voice and opera studies program led by Trussel is a small, highly selective program with a working mantra "learning to perform requires performing to learn." The operas, performed primarily by undergraduates, are routinely praised for their inventiveness and professionalism.
Experience the opera in its entirety here.