Meadows Opera Director Hank Hammett Featured in Dallas Voice
Meadows Opera Theatre Wins Award for The Tender Land from National Opera Association
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Hank Hammett, director of opera at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, earned big-time bragging rights earlier this year when the Meadows Theatre Opera production of gay composer Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land won first in its category (for small professional companies and universities) and second overall in the National Opera Association’s competition for best production. And it was Meadows’ first time in the competition, at that.
“We are all excited for this award and grateful for this honor and recognition,” Hammett says, though he is no stranger to awards: He received a few of his own during his singer career as a lyric baritone, and knows the feeling of triumph in the competitive arena of the arts. Only this time, he gets to share with the student body.
This is much more rewarding, being honored for a collaborative effort, than winning something by yourself,” he says. “This was the first full-scale opera with orchestra I produced and directed at Meadows. “The objective is never to win an award, but to do the finest work you can and to serve the education of our student singing “actors, instrumentalists and designers. Had I never heard back from the NOA competition, my feelings about our production would not have diminished in the least.”
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