WATCH: Lyric Opera's Apprentice Program Nurtures Young Voices

Apr 30, 2014

Soprano Anna Christy, as Adele, (from left) Baritone John Stephens as Frank, and Lyric Opera apprentice mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard, rehearse for ‘Die Fledermaus.’
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

For the past 25 years, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s apprentice program has offered graduate-level voice students at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a chance to develop their operatic skills on a professional stage.

Auditions for the two-year program are competitive; there are only about a handful of positions. The apprentices then have the opportunity to appear in either two or three productions at the Lyric each year.

Watch a first-year apprentice in rehearsals and hear about the ideas behind the program:

Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents 'Die Fledermaus,' by Johann Strauss, through May 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 816-471-7344.