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Taylor University Lyric Theatre Wins National Award

  • Published: Dec 17, 2015 10:15AM
Haley Kurr as

The Taylor University Lyric Theatre's production of Amahl and the Night Visitors earned a third-place tie in Division I of the National Opera Association’s (NOA) 2014-2015 Opera Production Competition – a nationwide competition for colleges and universities.

The stated goal of the competition is, “to encourage and reward creative, high quality opera productions.” Amahl and the Night Visitors benefited from a wide range of collaborations between the Taylor Sounds, Taylor Symphony Orchestra, Taylor Theatre, Envision Productions, dance and art students, and community members. The award coincides with the launch of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Musical Theatre earlier this year.

Amahl and the Night Visitors was a chamber opera,” said Dr. Conor Angell, Assistant Professor of Music at Taylor University. “Dr. Patricia Robertson (Professor of Music and Voice) and I thought it would be a good fit for Taylor. Music and Theatre have been strong here for many years. I think it is worth noting that all the other institutions receiving awards in our category were large public universities with a much higher enrollment than Taylor. This is excellent visibility and recognition for Taylor University’s Lyric Theatre.”

Amahl was held in the Butz-Carruth Recital Hall – a small venue with capacity for seating 218 people. “We were able to do it in a way the people appreciated,” Angell said. “We have had increased participation levels and production quality in our Lyric Theatre program.”

Angell said he and Robertson will accept the award during the National Opera Association convention to be held in Indianapolis next month.


1st place

The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan

Produced by Melanie Day at Virginia Commonwealth University

Directed by Kenneth Wood

Conducted by Daniel Myssyk


2nd place

The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar

Produced by Chris Buess at UNC-Charlotte

Directed by Robin Witt

Conducted by Brian Arreola


3rd place (tie)

Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti

Produced by Albert Harrison at Taylor University

Directed by Conor Angell

Conducted by Patricia Robertson


3rd place (tie)

The Little Prince by Rachel Portman

Produced by UC-Santa Cruz

Directed by Brian Staufenbiel

Conducted by Nicole Paiement