These two passionate artists, Walter Morales and Kelly Lynch, have worked tirelessly over the years to present great opera to our local communities.
Walter Morales, Co-Founder and Music Director
A native of Costa Rica, Walter Morales is the Music Director of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. His previous positions include Music Director of Undercroft Opera, Music Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Contemporary Ensemble, Head of Music of Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and Assistant Conductor of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.
Kelly Fiona Lynch, Co-Founder and Administrative Director
Dr. Lynch received her Bachelor of Music degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, majoring in vocal performance and minoring in piano. Her Master of Music degree is from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her Doctor of Music degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she majored in vocal performance and minored in musicology. Dr. Lynch has also trained as a martial artist in Tae Kwon Do, and worked extensively as a massage therapist.
Based in Pittsburgh, Dr. Kelly Fiona Lynch is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chatham Concert Opera at Chatham University, which promotes local opera singers from the larger Pittsburgh area. She is currently on the music faculty at Seton Hill and Chatham Universities.
Collaborators for Salome.
We are very excited to have this amazing team of singers for this upcoming Strauss production! Pittsburgh's and Chatham Concert Opera's own Kelly Lynch will sing the title role. We are also graced to have Andrew W. Potter join us again to sing Jochanaan! You might have heard him as Hunding this summer in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's production of The Valkyrie. The ever in demand Kathy Soroka will sing Herodias and with her Robert Chafin will sing Herodes. Walter Morales will provide his masterful orchestral piano accompaniment. This is not to be missed!