A third-year tenor with Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Martin Luther Clark holds a master’s degree in opera from the Curtis Institute of Music. Among his roles there were the First Sailor/Dido and Aeneas, Tobias Ragg/Sweeney Todd, and Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni. Also on the East Coast, he sang Vaudemont/Iolanta and King Charles/The Maid of Orleans with the Russian Opera Workshop (2019 summer season). The previous year, he was heard as a Central City Opera Apprentice Artist and as tenor soloist at the Library of Congress, where he sang both published and unpublished works of Leonard Bernstein for the centennial celebration of the composer’s birth. Other appearances have included Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Resident Artist), University of North Texas Opera (numerous roles and galas), The Dallas Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera in Concert, Opera North, and Wolf Trap Opera. Originally from Marshall, Texas, Clark has received an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (2018), First Place in the Bill and Margot Winspear Opera Scholarship Competition (2014), and First Place in the NATS Vocal Competition, Division VI (2013).
In Lyric’s 2021/22 season, he appeared in Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars and performed First Armored Man/The Magic Flute and Adult William and Chicken Plucker/Fire Shut Up in My Bones. For the 2022/23 season, he appears in the company’s world premiere of Proximity.
A third-year pianist with Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Chris Reynolds has rapidly made a name for himself as both a soloist and a collaborator. Reynolds is currently a doctoral candidate at The Juilliard School. He recently performed at Lincoln Center Theater for previews of the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage’s chamber opera Intimate Apparel. Other performance venues include Bayreuth, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, WQXR, the Kyoto Summer Music Festival, and National Sawdust. A two-time winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital auditions, Reynolds has been a fellow at SongFest and Aspen, as well as a Schwab Rising Star at Caramoor as part of the New York Festival of Song Emerging Artist Series. He has worked at the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater as an opera coach/répétiteur and has served on the faculties of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, William Paterson University, and the Mostly Modern Festival. Reynolds holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. His debut solo album, “Past is Prologue,” was released in October.
In Lyric’s 2021/22 season, Reynolds appeared in Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars in addition to preparing Macbeth as a member of Lyric’s music staff. For the 2022/23 season, he serves on Lyric’s music staff for Proximity, the triple bill of new American operas (world premiere).
The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.
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