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Opera professor selected for semi-finalist in national competition

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Dr. Melinda Brou, associate professor of Voice and Opera at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2019-2020, Opera Division.

Brou said the production of Franz Franz Lehár’s operetta, The Merry Widow was submitted for the competition which was performed in Jones Auditorium last semester.

The performance was a combined effort of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Opera Workshop and the Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr. Veronica S. Lopez. The choreographer was Texas A&M-Kingsville student Najla Roel and stage manager/assistant director was student Alisha Beirne. Brou said the production involved 31 student singers and actors, a full orchestra and a stage crew.

“I know that it is my name that is attached to this award, but honestly, it never would have happened without the incredible students that I get to work with every day,” Brou said. “These students continue to go above and beyond what I ask of them – and I already ask a lot! In addition, the support of the wonderful colleagues I have in the School of Music and the university administration is absolutely vital to any major project such as this one. This award means so much to our growing vocal program. I am so inspired to see where we go from here.” 

According to the contest, the finalists, runners-up and winners will be announced on the organization’s social media accounts.

To learn more about the prestigious national competition, visit

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