Recruitment now underway for next session of the Institute


December 11, 2017

MDLO Young Artist Institute

Announces Inaugural Class of 8 Singers, Selected From 184 Applicants

 Revitalized program—totally free for participants—draws record number of candidates for its first session


Kelly Glyptis, soprano
Melissa Mino, soprano
Evelyn Tsen, soprano
Cong Cong Wang, soprano
Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano
Yi Li, tenor
Chaz’men Williams-Ali, tenor
Javier Arrey, baritone


Gala Concert scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017

at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda


Recruitment now underway for next session of the Institute;

Deadline is January 5, 2018—free and open to all

(HYATTSVILLE, MARYLAND)—Maryland Lyric Opera (MDLO) today announces the roster for its first session of the MDLO Young Artist Institute, the cornerstone of its new growth and revitalization plan announced in October. The Institute—led by Music Director Louis Salemno and Head of Voice Faculty William Stone—drew an extraordinary 184 applications for its 8 open positions. Instruction began on November 27, 2017 and will culminate with a Gala Concert at The Mansion at Strathmore on December 15, 2017.

“We are so gratified to have the recent refocusing of MDLO’s mission be validated by the overwhelming response to our first call for applications to the Institute,” said Founder and Artistic Director Brad Clark. “There is clearly an important need for the kind of training we are providing to young artists, and it has been exciting to track the progress these gifted singers are making under the guidance of our world-class coaching staff.”

The singers in the first session of the MDLO Young Artist Institute are sopranos Kelly Glyptis, Melissa Mino, and Cong Cong Wang; mezzo-soprano Chelsea Laggan; tenors Yi Li and Chaz'men Williams-Ali; and baritone Javier Arrey. These rising young stars have been seen on the international stages of the Vienna State Opera and The Metropolitan Opera, as well as locally at Washington National Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Opera, the Castleton Festival, Washington Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Concert Opera, Bel Cantati Opera, and Baltimore’s Young Victorian Theatre Company, among others. Full biographies of the singers are available at

“It was an exhilarating experience to put together this first class of young artists, many of whom were completely unknown to me when I first heard them at auditions. It is thrilling to hear fresh voices and then have so much dedicated time to work with them on unlocking their full potential,” said MDLO Music Director Louis Salemno. “These singers are all at different stages of their artistic development and careers, and I can already see that our intensive training regimen is helping them each grow to the next level. I am very much looking forward to their performance at the Gala Concert.”

On the final day of each Institute session, the singers perform in a Gala Concert that is free to the local community. The first Gala Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. The program will feature some of the most popular arias in all of opera, with piano accompaniment provided by MDLO Founder and Artistic Director Brad Clark. Limited seating is available; contact for more information and seat reservations. In keeping with the organization’s mission, singers are paid an honorarium for all public performances.

In its inaugural season, the MDLO Young Artist Institute is offering four sessions of intensive vocal instruction to promising young artists. Future sessions will be held February 5–23, 2018; April 2–20, 2018; and June 4–22, 2018. To eliminate the financial burden on singers at the start of their careers, the MDLO Young Artist Institute does not charge application or tuition fees. The application can be found at YAP Tracker, and the application deadline for the February session is Friday, January 5, 2018. Questions can be directed to

Maryland Lyric Opera, founded in 2014 and reorganized for expansion in 2017, has produced fully staged performances of Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Roméo et Juliette, and Amahl and the Night Visitors; created a national vocal competition that drew an impressive field of emerging artists; hosted master classes for young singers with opera luminaries Sherrill Milnes and Aprile Millo; and presented a variety of gala performances, recitals, and holiday programs. With its new strategic plan, it will expand its career-development programs for young artists, return to producing fully staged productions of operas in intimate settings, and grow its outreach programs to the local community.