"How to Train An Opera Singer" – Asheville Lyric Opera Director to Lecture at UNC Asheville on May 30


David Starkey, general and artistic director of Asheville Lyric Opera, will give a talk, How to Train An Opera Singer, at 5 p.m. Friday, May 30, in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Starkey’s lecture will explore the similarities, differences and misconceptions regarding general training for a singer and training for an operatic performer. The lecture will include demonstrations of voice lessons, diction training and warm-up exercises.

Starkey founded the Asheville Lyric Opera as a professional, nonprofit opera company in 1999. He holds a master’s degree in opera performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and has performed with the New York City Opera and the Bregenz Festspiele, and as a solo artist at Carnegie Hall.

Starkey’s lecture is part of Asheville Lyric Opera’s regular musical lecture series at UNC Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) with upcoming talks scheduled for June 27, July 11 and August 22. To learn more about Asheville Lyric Opera, visit ashevillelyric.com; for more information about OLLI, visit OLLI's website, or call 828.251.6140.