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.