March 19, 2007
UCSC Opera Program wins national award
By Scott Rappaport
The UCSC Opera Program has been honored with the National Opera Association's
"Opera Production Award" for its production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer
Night's Dream last year. Music lecturer and program director Brian
Staufenbiel traveled to New York last month to represent the UCSC Music Department and accept the award at the
opera association's 52nd Annual Convention.
"It was a great pleasure and honor to receive the award for the
music department and the opera program," said Staufenbiel. "This is a very
important step in the development of our opera program and in building
national recognition for the high quality of productions we do here at
The National Opera Association was founded in 1955 "to promote a greater
appreciation of opera and music theatre, to enhance pedagogy and
performing activities, and to increase performance opportunities by
supporting projects that improve the scope and quality of opera."
Members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia
participate in a wide array of activities in support of this goal.
Its annual convention features performances, panels, workshops,
and other educational opportunities for opera educators, professionals,