Resident Artist Program
Inaugurated in the 2016-2017 season, the Resident Artist Program launched Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s first true Resident Company. Artists are chosen following a series of local and national auditions and are overseen and mentored by Vinson Cole, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty member and one of the leading artists of his generation.
During their residency, in addition to appearing in mainstage roles, the Resident Artists work with visiting guest artists, conductors, and directors; participate in master classes and career coaching; study leading roles; make musical appearances in the community, and appear in Lyric Opera’s Explorations Series, which focus on intimate gems of the vocal music repertoire. The Resident Artists also receive training in acting, movement, and stage combat. The Resident Artists have completed their post-graduate education and may have some professional experience.
Resident Artists Program is sponsored by The Estate of Richard Hill, Charter Sponsor of the Resident Artists Program, The Ingram Family Foundation, and a generous Anonymous Donor.
2021-22 Resident Artists
Danielle Beckvermit, Soprano
Soprano Danielle Beckvermit is a graduate of the Mannes School of Music and SUNY Fedonia and made her mainstage Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. Notable roles include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Alice (Falstaff), and the title role in Susannah. Danielle was the grand prize winner in The Annapolis Opera Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition, and The Civic Morning Musicals Competition. She also was an award winner in The George London Foundation Competition, The Jensen Foundation Competition, and a Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finalist. Beckvermit was an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera (2019) and recently completed her residency with the Minnesota Opera
Aubrey Odle, Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Aubrey Odle is a graduate of Utah State University (BM) and Brigham Young University (MM). Notable roles include the title role of Carmen, Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica). In the year 2020, Aubrey made her professional debut with Knoxville Opera as Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette). She performed regularly as a resident artist with Knoxville Opera in 2020, most recently featured as Carmen in “On the Lawn with Carmen.”. Recently, she won the Utah Opera Ariafest competition, was a finalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition (Jacqueline Polk Award), and a semifinalist in the Houston Saengerbund Awards.
Wayd Odle, Tenor
Tenor Wayd Odle recently worked with Knoxville Opera as a resident artist. Notable roles include Don José (Carmen), Rodolfo (La bohème), Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Tamino (The Magic Flute), and most recently Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette.) Mr. Odle is the winner and recipient of the 2021 American Prize Award and earned an Encouragement Award at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2020. He has performed as a soloist with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, and Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Odle attended Wolf Trap Opera’s summer apprentice program in 2020 and will return in 2021 to perform Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd).
Keith Klein, Bass-Baritone
Bass-Baritone Keith Klein is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (2018) and Florida State University (2020), Mr. Klein won the 2014 KC Superstar competition and appeared on season ten of America’s Got Talent. Recent performances with Lyric Opera of Kansas City include the Page (Amahl and the Night Visitors), a soloist in the Soundscapes in the City concert series, and a featured soloist in the digital series Opera in Eight Parts.
Peter Morgan, Bass-Baritone
Bass-Baritone Peter Morgan is a recent graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Notable roles include; Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohéme), and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. Mr. Morgan has performed several regional and world premieres of new works, including Jason and the Argonauts by Gregory Spears with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Scorpions’ Sting by Dean Burry, also with The Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Copper Queen by Clint Borzoni with Arizona Opera. Recently he performed in the Glimmerglass Opera production of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles with L’Opéra royale Versailles.