Pictured: Martin Luther Clark
General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the selection of the artists for the Resident Artists Program for Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s 2017-2018 season. They include soprano Marlen Nahhas, mezzo-soprano Lauren Auge, tenor Martin Luther Clark, baritone Tim Murray and coach/accompanist James Maverick. Led by Vinson Cole, they will perform in various roles throughout the 2017-2018 season on the mainstage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as well as at community outreach and education events. The artists were selected after a national audition of more than 350 singers.
During their Residency, the resident artists will work with visiting guest artists, conductors and directors, participate in master classes, receive career coaching, study leading roles, make musical appearances in the community, and appear in their own intimate musical performances as a part of Lyric’s Explorations Series. The Resident Artists will have a full-time 8-month contract for one to two years.
“We launched the Resident Artists Program last year and it has been an unqualified success,” stated Sandler. “We join the international opera community in the training of talented, emerging professional young artists. This professional development program involves performance experience and the ability to work with our field’s leading conductors, directors and principal artists. Our audiences have embraced our young artists and have been touched by them in a surprising number of ways. I look forward to another season of productive and engaged experiences.”
The company will host a free meet and greet with the new resident artists on Sunday, September 24 at 2 pm at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building for an informal afternoon salon. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Visit kcopera.org or call (816) 471-7344.