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Lyric Opera of KC Young Artist Program

KU’s Division of Voice and Opera is proud to partner with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City (LOKC) for a young artist program created in 2002 by KU faculty member Mark Ferrell. Qualified graduate students are nominated by the voice faculty  to audition for openings in this program.  Young artists are offered 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 (insert the link I included above).

Auditions are held at the discretion of LOKC when positions are available for which there are appropriate secondary roles. Singers interested in being considered for these openings 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.

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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