With its first performances in 2014, Maryland Lyric Opera founded by Brad Clark is a company committed to education, the mission is to provide employment to all creative artists who are part of the production of opera, and to bring together seasoned professionals with promising young talent for mutually rewarding collaborations.
To that end, the MDLO Young Artist Institute and High School Mentorship Programs were created to ensure that the next generations of singers are exposed to and have the opportunity to learn from experienced opera professionals who have spent years developing their craft in front of the public on the world’s stages.
MDLO is further dedicated to bringing performances to those who do not have regular access to the professional arts. Programs such as Sharing Music, Sharing Love bring unique operatic performances to vulnerable populations who are underserved and in need.
Maryland Lyric Opera recently continues to expand as it gathers experienced professionals in an effort to produce great works and pass on knowledge gained to future generations of music professionals. Recent appointments include: Louis Salemno as MDLO’s first Music Director, William Stone as Head of Voice Faculty of the MDLO Institute, Steven Gathman as Chorusmaster, Husan Park and Hai Jin as Assistant Conductors, and Joan Sullivan-Genthe as Resident Lighting Designer.
In its short history, Maryland Lyric Opera has produced major operatic works by the likes of Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, and Menotti, and has produced vocal competitions, outreach activities, aria concerts and chamber works.
Who we are
Founder & President
Collaborative pianist and opera/chamber music administrator Brad Clark is currently the President of Maryland Lyric Opera. Aside from his administrative duties, his eclectic interests find him accompanying child prodigy violinists, chamber ensembles, vocal soloists, and entire opera casts.
One of the most acclaimed American conductors of his generation, Louis Salemno is renowned for the brilliant intensity, orchestral detail, sonority and rhythmic drive that are the signature of his performances. Maestro Salemno has served as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Serbian National Theater at Novi Sad, Artistic Director of Manitoba Opera (Canada), and Music Director of Portland Opera.
Head of Voice Faculty
Celebrated baritone William Stone is one of the most sought-after voice teachers in the opera world today. He is Professor Emeritus of Voice and Opera at Temple University and is currently on the Voice Faculty at the world-renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to his teaching career, he has sung extensively in the major opera houses of Europe and especially in Italy, having twice opened the May Festival in Florence as Wozzeck with conductor, Bruno Bartoletti, and as Orestes in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride under Riccardo Muti.
Resident Stage Director
Opera credits include Boston Lyric Opera (The Daughter of the Regiment), Opera Cleveland (Roméo et Juliette and The Turn of the Screw), Wolf Trap Opera (Viva la mamma/The Empresario and Bastianello and Lucrezia), Prague Summer Nights (Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi), the In Series (La traviata, Oberon, Casino Paradise, Trouble in Tahiti, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis), and Ash Lawn Opera Festival (Madame Butterfly, the Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute). He directs frequently for Opera Lafayette, most notably the company’s pairing of Così fan tutte (in French) with Les femmes vengées, which played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Opéra Royal in Versailles. His other Opera Lafayette credits include L’épreuve villageoise and Il barbiere di Siviligia (the Paesiello version). Next year he will direct for the company his own adaptation of Bonsoir, Voison.
Assistant Conductor/Guest Coach
Ms. Husan Park has collaborated as assistant conductor and continuo-player for over twenty years at theaters such as Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Music Festival in Perpignan, Festspiele Erl in Tirol in Austria, Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Theater an der Wien in Austria, Performing Art Center in Nanjing, Music festival in Shanghai, Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Festival de Ópera Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Teatro Principal Palma de Mallorca, Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía, and Palau de la Música in Valencia, Spain.
Currently completing her completing her doctoral studies with James Tocco at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, pianist Hai Jin graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in 2009, where she studied with Bing Han. She has received numerous awards and prizes in competitions, including the Liszt competition in 2013 Art of Piano Festival in Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Concerto Competition in 2014.
Asia Auditions Coordinator
Proving himself a formidable talent and a rising star to watch in the opera world, Tenor Yi Li is quickly gaining attention in the lyric tenor repertoire. This season, Li performs the role of Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles with Toledo Opera, sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Canterbury Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Bob Jones University, Pong in Turandot with the Detroit Symphony and returns to The Metropolitan Opera for Roméo et Juliette.
Brad Clark, President and Artist Director
Matthew Woorman, General Manager
Teresa S. Woorman, Director of Finance and Administration
Robert Perry, Director of Development
Erika Chiu, Auditions Coordinator
MDLO Board Members
Brad Clark, President
Amy Ayre, Treasurer