Crane Opera Ensemble Receives National Award for Performance


The Crane Opera Ensemble’s award-winning student performers present a scene from their production of “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.”

The Crane Opera Ensemble’s spring 2010 production of “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” has been awarded first place in the American Prize in Operatic Performance competition for 2011.

With music by Maurice Ravel and libretto by Collette, the opera was produced by student singers, instrumentalists and stage crew from SUNY Potsdam and its Crane School of Music.

Dr. Kirk Severtson was music director and vocal coach, while Dr. Carleen Graham served as stage director and production designer and Dr. Francois Germain was vocal coach. Kerri Canedy choreographed the production, while Julie Ferreri designed costumes. Jeff Reeder was technical director, Andrew Frey was the production stage manager and Audrey Saccone served as production manager.

A unique feature of the production was the use of rear-projected images used for the scenery, which included a translation of the French libretto. The original version of the projection was created by Robert Swedberg and Lisa Buck at the University of Michigan and was adapted with permission for this production.

The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States a the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.