Augustana Opera Production Receives National Recognition

"The Ransom of Sophia,” by Callie Stadem '13

The 2018 Augustana University Opera Theatre production of “The Ransom of Sophia” by alumna Callie Stadem was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2018-19 Opera Performance division of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts

The American Prize in Opera Performance recognizes and rewards the best performances of opera and operetta by opera companies, ensembles and schools in America, based on submitted recordings. Finalists for the competition are expected to be announced in the next several months.

Callie Stadem '13Stadem is a harpist and composer based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is a member of the faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and of the International Music Camp as the harp instructor. A 2013 graduate of Augustana, Stadem also completed an M.M. in music composition at the University of North Dakota in 2016.

Dr. Lisa Grevlos“I had the privilege of having Callie audition and perform in our AU Opera Theatre productions during her time at Augustana,” said Dr. Lisa Grevlos (class of 1987), professor of music, director of vocal studies and chair of the music department. “Last spring, I had the perfect cast to bring her opera to life. We are truly honored to be recognized for such a prestigious award.” Grevlos was selected as a semi-finalist in the Opera Stage Directing division for the staging of the nominated opera.


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