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Lyric Opera of KC Apprenticeship Program

KU’s Division of Voice and Opera is proud to partner with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City for an apprenticeship program created in 2002 by KU faculty member Mark Ferrell. Qualified graduate students are nominated by the voice faculty each spring to audition for openings in this program, which maintains four apprentice artists. The program offers opportunities to be considered for secondary roles as well as participating in the ensemble, coaching and mentoring with visiting artists, and outreach performances. Many graduates of this program have gone on to perform at some of the world's greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera and many others. More information can be found by visiting KC Opera ».

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Apprenticeship Audition

There are 4 apprentice positions with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City which are awarded competitively to qualified stsudents enrolled in the graduate program in voice at KU. The number of available apprenticeships varies from year to year. There is a designated audition date for those graduate KU applicants who are interested in applying for the Lyric Opera apprenticeship. Singers will audition for acceptance to the KU graduate program and, if nominated, will audition for the Lyric Opera the following day. Singers who make the final audition in Kansas City should be prepared to offer an audition package of 3-5 suitable operatic arias in a variety of languages and styles as well as a resume and photo. Selected singers will audition for the artistic director of the company and will also be interviewed about their professional career goals.

Recent KU graduates who have performed in this program include:

Kelly Elise Smith - Soprano

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Madama Butterfly, Kansas Concert Opera
The Rake's Progress, Cosi fan tutte, University of Kansas
Suor Angelica, University of Kansas
Elijah, University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra

Kristee Haney - Mezzo-Soprano

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Sweeney Todd, Mobile Opera
Picnic, Patience, The University of Kansas
A Little Night Music, St. Petersberg Opera
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Liberty Symphony Orchestra
Nixon in China, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Benjamin Cleveland - Tenor

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The Rake's Progress, Ruddigore, Patience, Street Scene, University of Kansas

Brad Walker - Bass-Baritone

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Handel's Messiah, Lansing Symphony Orchestra
The Daughter of the Regiment, Lyric Opera of Kansas City

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