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Meet the Performers

Kelli Van Meter, Soprano
A graduate of the two-year LOKC Apprentice Program, Kelli Van Meter most recently appeared in Baseball: A Musical Love Letter with Lyric Opera Kansas City. Van Meter is pursuing her doctorate at the UMKC Conservatory of Music under Dr. Maria Kanyova. Recent roles include Alice Ford (Falstaff), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Arminda (LaFinta Giardiniera), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Elle (La voix humaine), and Violetta (La traviata). She has performed as a soloist with the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra and the Hastings (NE) Symphony Orchestra. She won the 2019 Chancellor Competition at UMKC and was a 2019 Naftzger Young Artist Competition division winner

Katarina Galagaza, Mezzo-Soprano
Katarina Galagaza is a recent graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and a second-year Lyric Opera Apprentice Artist. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Notable roles include Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), La suora infermiera (Suor Angelica), Suor Pazienza (Mese Mariano), Prince Charmant cover (Cendrillon), Mrs. Webster (Sweets by Kate), Nancy (Albert Herring), Flora Bervoix (La traviata), and Fox Goldenback (The Cunning Little Vixen). Katarina is currently pursuing an Artist Certificate at the UMKC Conservatory, where she studies with Dr. Maria Kanyova

Thomas Drew, Tenor
Thomas Drew is a recent graduate of the  Apprentice Artist program with Lyric Opera. Prior to Covid cancellations, he was slated to sing Romeo (Romeo and Juliet) with Lawrence Opera Theatre and cover Frederick (Pirates of Penzance) at Sugar Creek Opera. Thomas is pursuing his Artist Diploma at the UMKC Conservatory under Raymond Feener and Natalia Rivera’s instruction. He performed Albert (Albert Herring) and Eduardo (La cambiale di matrimonio) with UMKC opera. He received his master’s degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Performance Diploma from Southern Methodist University. Thomas is from Cleethorpes, United Kingdom

Robert H. Riordan, Baritone
Robert H. Riordan, a Wisconsin native, is a recent graduate of the Apprentice Artist program with Lyric Opera. This season, Robert performed the Wolf/Dr. Dulcamara in Finger Lakes Opera’s production of Pinocchio and was in the chorus of Lyric Opera’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. He will return to FLO in 2021 as a Tomita Young Artist to sing Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In the previous season, he sang the Sergeant in Lyric Opera’s La bohème and Sid in Albert Herring with UMKC. In summer 2019, he covered Carl-Magnus in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with the Aspen Music Festival


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