Curtis Bryant awarded 2nd Place in The American Prize (2016)

Curtis Bryant was awarded 2nd place in composition for THE AMERICAN PRIZE (2016) in the Opera, Music Theater, and Film Division for his opera ZABETTE. The American Prize is a series of non-profit competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for individual excellence in the performing arts. Zabette, an American opera in three acts set to the libretto by Mary R. Bullard is based on the life of Elisabette Bernardey a woman of mixed race who became the common-law wife of plantation owner Robert Stafford of Cumberland Island, Georgia before and after the American Civil War. Georgia State University School of Music mounted the premiere production in 1999 at Atlanta’s historic Rialto Theater. W. Dwight Coleman directed the production with Mark W. Street, musical director. The title role was sung by soprano Laura English-Robinson with Dennis Jesse in the role of Stafford. Additional principals included bass Uzee Brown, mezzo-soprano Toni Anderson, and soprano Jeanné Brown