Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. recipient of national award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Sounds of South Dakota’s 2012 Opera production of W. A. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” was awarded second prize in the National Opera Association’s 2012-13 Professional Opera Production Competition.  The Goal of this national competition is “to encourage and reward creative, high quality opera productions in:

  1. Small professional opera companies

  2. Opera training programs, including:

    1. Academic institutions

    2. Music conservatories

    3. Summer opera training programs

    4. Opera outreach programs”

Staged and directed by Dr. Lisa Grevlos, president of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. and associate professor of music at Augustana College,  “The Magic Flute” shares the colorful fairytale story of an Egyptian prince and his unexpected landing in a mysterious land.  Delta David Gier, Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, which served as the orchestra for the production, was the music conductor.


Entries in the competition were judged on the basis of the stage director’s concept and artistic choices for the production combined with a videotaped recording of the production.  Professional opera companies were adjudicated in one category, and the panel took into consideration the production budget, size of overall music organization and the level of vocal training of the cast members. Recent past winners in this category include Ensemble Parallele in San Francisco, CA, and Juventas New Music Ensemble in Boston, MA.


“This is an exciting honor for Sounds of South Dakota, Inc.  It speaks highly to the level of musical talent here in the state and connected to South Dakota,” Grevlos stated. “To receive national recognition that has been bestowed upon some of the most outstanding opera programs in the United States is an amazing achievement for everyone involved in bringing this production to life.”   Dr. Grevlos has been invited to New York to receive the award on behalf of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. at the National Opera Association Gala dinner in January 2014.


Since 1955, NOA has worked nationally to promote appreciation of opera and music theatre as well as educational opportunities for those studying the craft, with the goal of improving the scope and quality of opera nationwide. The NOA Opera Production Competition is open to all small regional opera companies in the United States and all college and university opera programs.


Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is dedicated to bringing the best of opera to the state. 


Thor Gesteland (Monostatos), Brittany Ann Robinson (Queen of the Night),

Stacey Stofferahn-Uthe (First Lady), Tracelyn Gesteland (Second Lady), and

Emily Toronto (Third Lady).  Act II Finale from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”