Maryland Lyric Opera has recently taken a giant leap forward with the appointments of Louis Salemno its first Music Director, William Stone as Head of Voice Faculty, and Rafael Andrade as Associate Coach. In its short history, Maryland Lyric Opera has produced major operatic works by the likes of Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, and Menotti, as well as aria concerts and chamber works. An organization committed to education, MDLO aims to bring together experienced professionals and promising young talent to provide employment and performance opportunities. To this 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 professionals who have spent years studying and improving their craft on the world’s stages.
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.
Brazilian vocal coach Rafael Andrade is highly sought after for his artistry and experience with the core Italian operatic repertoire. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship at Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo do Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, in Valencia, Spain, directed by Alberto Zedda. Highlights of his time in Valencia included his work as Maestro Sostituto for Lorin Maazel in Madama Butterfly and Plácido Domingo for Menotti's Amelia al Ballo and The Telephone.
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.
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
Laura Grimm, Secretary