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Celebrating Faculty and Alumna Met Opera Debuts

Posted on Friday, November 8th, 2019

UNI School of Music celebrates faculty and alumni Metropolitan Opera Debuts

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – October 11 and November 8 were milestone dates for one UNI School of Music alumna, and one School of Music faculty artist. Faculty artist Suzanne Hendrix-Case celebrated her Metropolitan Opera debut on November 8, appearing in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. Earlier this fall, UNI alumna Megan Esther Grey celebrated her Metropolitan Opera debut on October 11, appearing in the role of Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Grey’s performance in Madama Butterfly was also aired live in theatres across the U.S. on November 9, as part of the Met Opera Live in HD program.

An alumna of UNI, mezzo-soprano Suzanne Hendrix-Case, DMA, joined the School of Music as assistant professor of voice and vocology in fall 2019. In addition to her teaching, she is also an active performer. Recognized for her “piquant mezzo” (Opera News) and "one-of-a kind richness” (kcmetropolis.org), she has worked at many of the world’s most prominent opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Seattle Opera. She is known for the Wagnerian scope of her voice, and has participated in Der Ring des Nibelungen at five major opera companies.

Megan Esther Grey, mezzo-soprano, graduated from UNI with her Master of Music degree in voice performance. In 2018, she was a Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program during her first season with the Met. Her other roles with the Met this season include Second Lady in The Magic Flute and Käthchen in Werther.

The MET’s run of Akhnaten will be on stage in New York through December 7, while Madama Butterfly will be on stage periodically through April 2020. Both productions will be featured in the Met Opera in HD series and broadcast live to movie theatres throughout the U.S., including College Square theatre in Cedar Falls. Madama Butterfly will be broadcast on November 9, while Akhnaten will be broadcast on November 23. 

For more information on these performances or other School of Music events and activities, contact Caroline Francis (319) 273-2028, caroline.francis@uni.edu.