Commissioned for the college’s centennial, Command Performance, an opera by Professor of Music Robert Middleton, premièred at Vassar.  Produced by the Boston Opera Group and with a libretto by Harold Smith, the work centered on relations between England and Turkey in the mid-16th century.  The cast included: Metropolitan Opera soprano Blanche Thebom, as Elizabeth I, and bass Ezio Flagello and tenor Thomas Heyward, also from the Metropolitan, baritone Robert Treny, from the Sante Fe Opera, New York Opera soprano Doris Yarick and baritone James Billings, from the Boston Opera.